The World Rugby HSBC Sevens circus kicks off this Friday in Dubai and with again so much going wrong with the Springboks and South African rugby it will be a great relieve to see the Blitzboks defending their title.
We have the Cape Town Sevens sold out earlier this year within hours after last year sold out tournament showing the South African public hunger for a national team which can provide us with success. It is not always the amount of wins or trophies but the way this team is going on with it.
They are the fittest teams around the circuit and one of the teams that are supported all over the world due to their attitude on and off the field.
The Blitzboks success is not something that just happened.
The structures that have been put in place for this team has been the foundation of their success and it started that all the players are contracted and controlled by SARU and not the unions.
The development play as big a roll for the team and Sevens Academy Manager, Marius Schoeman has been doing the hard yards in developing the next generation of Blitzbok stars.
This weekend sees the kick-off the 2017-2018 season which includes a World Cup next year and the Commonwealth Games which the Blitzbokke will be defending as well.
Here is Day fixtures:
|New Zealand||v||Samoa||07:22||South Africa||v||Kenya||12:36|
|South Africa||v||Uganda||08:52||New Zealand||v||USA||16:22|
|New Zealand||v||Argentina||10:22||South Africa||v||Canada||17:53|
All of the Matches will be broadcast on SuperSport on Friday and Saturday with highlights and repeats throughout the weekend .
Sevens coach Powell picked a experience squad to defend their world crown with some old hands like Kwagga Smith, Kyle Brown, Justin Geduld and Seabola Senatla all back in the squad.
With an average number of 37 tournaments per player this is a very good side to start the season.
We also have Siviwe Soyizwapi who will lead a talented Academy squad to the Dubai Sevens international tournament, which will also see Stormers star player Sikhumbuzo Notshe getting his first taste of sevens action.
Blitzboks squad: Chris Dry, Philip Snyman, Tim Agaba, Kwagga Smith, Werner Kok, Kyle Brown, Branco du Preez, Rosko Specman, Justin Geduld, Cecil Afrika, Seabelo Senatla, Ruhan Nel, Marco Labuschagne (replacement player).
Academy squad: Gift Dlamini, JC Pretorius, Sako Makata, Selvyn Davids, Siviwe Soyizwapi, Ryan Oosthuizen, Stedman Gans, Zain Davids, Dewald Human, Mosolwa Mafuma, Impi Visser, Sikhumbuzo Notshe.
Don’t miss any of the actions as we will bring you the latest updates throughout the weekend.
Go Blitzbokke, and make us proud yet again