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Stedman Gans returns ahead of Blitzboks pre-Olympics final camp

South Africa 7s team will have a two week training camp in Johannesburg starting Sunday 6 June 2021 as the final preparations for the Olympics.

The side will welcome Springbok Sevens Player of the Year 2020 Stedman Gans who is back from injury. Gans has clearly stated that he is hoping to make the final squad for the Olympics.

“I want to put my name in the hat for that squad, no doubt about that,” said Gans.

“That was driving me during the rehabilitation process. The Olympic Games, for me, is the biggest sporting occasion for any athlete and I really want to be part of that.

“I know I need to show the coach that I am ready, but that can easily result in me trying too hard to impress and making mistakes or not doing that the system require. So, I will be mindful of that and not put too much pressure on myself in the next two weeks.

“I need to focus on doing what I do best and that will give me the best chance to be named come to the final squad announcement.”

Mfundo Ndhlovu is also returning from injury, while Dylan Sage returned from France last week in order to push for a spot in the final squad.

Apart from the 16 players travelling to Johannesburg on Sunday, Ryan Oosthuizen, Selvyn Davids and Siviwe Soyizwapi will join the squad next Thursday as they are busy with rehabilitation in Stellenbosch.

The side will play Lion Sevens and

Blitzbok squad: Chris Dry, Dylan Sage, Ruhan Nel, Impi Visser, Dewald Human, Justin Geduld, Stedman Gans, Muller du Plessis, Mfundo Ndhlovu, Sakoyisa Makata, Kurt-Lee Arendse, Angelo Davids, Ronald Brown, Lubabalo Dobela, Zain Davids, JC Pretorius.

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