WORLD SEVENS SERIES

South Africa recall Branco du Preez, Impi Visser for Dubai 7s

The South Africa team huddle after their victory over Samoa in the Cup semi-finals on day three of the Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens 2019 men's competition on 7 December, 2019. Photo credit: Mike Lee - KLC fotos for World Rugby

Springbok Sevens coach Neil Powell has made four changes to the Blitzbok squad that won the shortened 2021 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in Canada in September for the two tournaments in Dubai, where the new season is set to kick off next weekend.

The experienced duo of Branco du Preez and Impi Visser both return to the squad, while Powell also picked two uncapped players in S‎hilton van Wyk (outside back) and Tiaan Pretorius (forward).

Du Preez is currently the Blitzboks’ most capped player with 75 tournaments behind his name, which include 380 matches and a total of 1 355 points. Visser has played in 12 World Series tournaments to date.

Five players who were in action in Canada, were not available due to various injuries – Angelo Davids, Sako Makata, Darren Adonis, Dewald Human and James Murphy, while Justin Geduld, Lubabalo Dobela, Qamani Kota, Mfundo Ndhlovu and Latica Nela were not considered as they are still busy with injury rehabilitation after missing the North American trip.

Following the group’s preparations at their base in Stellenbosch, Powell said he has picked his best available squad for the visit to the UAE, adding that the Blitzboks will be looking to build on their success in Canada.

Blitzboks squad for Dubai:

  1. Christie Grobbelaar – 3 tournaments; 12 matches, 30 points (6 tries)
  2. Ryan Oosthuizen – 23 tournaments, 118 matches; 125 points (25 tries)
  3. Impi Visser – 12 tournaments, 64 matches; 65 points (13 tries)
  4. Zain Davids – 24 tournaments, 120 matches; 95 points (19 tries)
  5. Tiaan Pretorius – uncapped
  6. JC Pretorius – 12 tournaments, 65 matches; 140 points (28 tries)
  7. Branco du Preez – 75 tournaments, 380 matches; 1355 points (97 tries, 432 conversions, 1 penalty goal, 1 drop goal)
  8. Selvyn Davids – 21 tournaments, 108 matches: 426 points (45 tries, 99 conversions, 1 penalty goal)
  9. Shaun Williams – 2 tournaments, 12 matches, 26 points (4 tries, 3 conversions)
  10. Ronald Brown – 2 tournaments, 12 matches; 91 points (9 tries, 23 conversions)
  11. Siviwe Soyizwapi – captain; 32 tournaments, 169 matches; 520 points (104 tries)
  12. Muller du Plessis – 15 tournaments, 75 matches; 275 points (55 tries)
  13. Shilton van Wyk – uncapped

Story Courtesy/SA Rugby

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