Blitzbokke make three changes
Springbok Sevens coach Paul Treu has made three changes to his squad for the Hong Kong and Tokyo legs of the HSBC Sevens World Series.
The players who were part of the squad that won the USA Sevens in Las Vegas last month and not travelling to the Far East are Warren Whiteley, Pieter Engelbrecht and Cheslin Kolbe.
Whiteley (Golden Lions) and Kolbe (Western Provinces) returned to their provinces while Engelbrecht was not considered for selection because of the concussion he suffered at the Spar International Sevens last weekend in Harare.
Steven Hunt, who returned to action for the SA Elite Player Development squad in Zimbabwe over the weekend, will make his first World Series appearance for the Blitzbokke since the Dubai tournament in December last year. Another fully fit player returning to the line-up is Justin Geduld, who has recovered from a hand injury.
Other players not considered because of injury are Kyle Brown (ankle), Cecil Afrika (knee) and Mark Richards (Achilles).
The Hong Kong Sevens takes place over three days from 22 to 24 March and will be followed by the Tokyo Sevens a week later on 30 and 31 March.
Treu expects another thrilling tournament in Hong Kong.
“The World Series is very competitive at the moment and it is very difficult to predict a winner for Hong Kong,” he said.
“So far this season there have been five different winners for the five rounds of the World Series, which just illustrate the point that Hong Kong will be an extremely difficult challenge.”
South Africa is drawn in Pool A alongside Argentina, Wales and Australia.
South Africa squad for Hong Kong and Tokyo: Chris Dry, Philip Snyman, Frankie Horne (captain), Jamba Ulengo, Cornal Hendricks, Tshotsho Mbovane, Branco du Preez, Stephan Dippenaar, Paul Delport, Justin Geduld, Seabelo Senatla, Steven Hunt.