WORLD SEVENS SERIES

Geduld, Human named in South Africa squad for Malaga and Seville 7s

Action between South Africa and USA 7s Photo credit: Mike Lee - KLC fotos for World Rugby.

Springbok Sevens playmaker Justin Geduld will return to the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series for the first time in two years after being named in the Blitzboks squad to contest the two forthcoming tournaments in Malaga and Seville in Spain later this month.

Geduld’s inclusion is one of five changes made to the squad for the first World Series event at Estadio Ciudad de Malaga, where South Africa have been included in the same pool as England, Fiji and Scotland. The experienced playmaker will return from injury alongside Sako Makata, Dewald Human, Mfundo Ndhlovu and Darren Adonis.

Geduld last played in a World Series event in Sydney in 2020, while Makata, Adonis and Human featured in the shortened 2021 series, playing in Vancouver and Edmonton, with Human captaining the Blitzboks in the Vancouver event.

Ndhlovu makes a welcome return to the squad having last played in Vancouver in 2020, after which the remainder of the season was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The five returning players replace Tiaan Pretorius, Ronald Brown, Shaun Williams, Muller du Plessis and Shilton van Wyk from the squad that won consecutive tournaments in Dubai late last year, with those victories handing the South Africans an early lead on the 2022 standings and a first seed ranking in Spain.

Springbok Sevens squad:

  1. Sako Makata – 11 tournaments, 46 matches, 35 points (7 tries)
  2. Ryan Oosthuizen – 25 tournaments, 123 matches, 125 points (25 tries)
  3. Impi Visser – 15 tournaments, 76 matches, 80 points (16 tries)
  4. Zain Davids – 26 tournaments, 132 matches, 115 points (23 tries)
  5. Christie Grobbelaar – five tournaments, 24 matches, 40 points (8 tries)
  6. JC Pretorius – 14 tournaments, 77 matches, 170 points (34 tries)
  7. Branco du Preez – 77 tournaments, 392 matches, 1378 points (98 tries, 441 conversions, 1 penalty goal, 1 drop goal)
  8. Selvyn Davids – 23 tournaments, 120 matches, 468 points (53 tries, 100 conversions, 1 penalty goal)
  9. Justin Geduld – 50 tournaments, 260 matches, 1034 points (111 tries, 238 conversions, 1 penalty goal)
  10. Dewald Human – 11 tournaments, 51 matches, 167 points (13 tries, 51 conversions)
  11. Siviwe Soyizwapi (captain) – 34 tournaments, 181 matches, 580 points (116 tries)
  12. Mfundo Ndhlovu – five tournaments, 23 matches, 25 points (5 tries)
  13. Darren Adonis – two tournaments, 12 matches, 32 points (6 tries, 1 conversion

Story Courtesy/SA Rugby

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