South Africa Rugby World Cup: The Springbok Sevens squad for Rugby WC Sevens 2022 has three figurine medalist survivors from 2018, in Siviwe Soyizwapi. Who will lead the team –Selvyn Davids and Ryan Oosthuizen; Springbok Women’s Sevens stalwart Mathrin Simmers will play in her third RWC 7s in Cape Town next weekend, and stalwart Cecil Afrika was recalled to the Blitzbok side.
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Connection Simmers are Nadine Roos, Zintle Mpupha, and Eloise Webb, all of whom will make their second RWC 7s arrival when the action kicks off at Cape Town Stadium next Friday. Simmers and Sizophila Solontsi will co-captain the women’s side.
The Springbok Women’s Sevens team will play France in their rivalry opener at 18h35 on Friday, and the Blitzboks will take on the winner of the qualifying match between Germany and Chile at 19h03. All the actions will be transmitted live on SuperSport.
Team trainers South Africa Rugby World Cup Neil Powell and Paul Delport both named squads consisting of 14 players each at the official team statement in Stellenbosch on Friday, and will confirm their final 12 players next Wednesday, before the 48-hour deadline for the competition, to be played from 9-11 September.
The Blitzboks have a familiar look to it with 10 players who were in the act at the recent Commonwealth Games in England, where they won the gold medal, with only Dewald Human and Zain Davids absent due to injury.
The duo, who also played in the 2018 competition, picked up injuries at the HSBC LA Sevens last weekend, the last competition of the 2022 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, with the Blitzboks finishing second on the overall log statuses.
Afrika the all-time leading Blitzbok opinions scorer in the World Series with 1462 points, was recalled due to a Human injury. The experienced flyhalf last contained for South Africa in the World Series in 2020, but he has been playing for Monaco in the professional Extenso Super Sevens league in France in the new months.
Powell was happy to welcome back Afrika, who wasted out in 2018 due to injury after making his Rugby World Cup 7s debut in Moscow in 2013, and said: We had been in regular interaction since Cecil left Springbok Sevens to first play expert rugby in the USA and now France, so I am up to date with his suitability and form. To Know more about South Africa Vs Scotland Tickets click here.
The injuries to Justin Geduld former this year and now Dewald Human left us short of options at flyhalf and Cecil not only delivers massive experience but big match nature as well. He will also take some of the workloads away from Selvyn Davids, who is coming back from injury.
Davids, Ronald Brown, Christie Grobbelaar, and Mfundo Ndhlovu all make an opportune return to the squad, having missed the competition in Los Angeles due to injuries sustained at the Commonwealth Games in July.
The Springbok Sevens squad (with RWC & World Series stats):
Cecil Afrika – 2013 RWC; 66 World Series competitions (1462 points)
Ronald Brown – RWC debut; 8 World Series competitions (285 points)
Angelo Davids – RWC debut; 9 World Series competitions (160 points)
Selvyn Davids – 2018 RWC; 27 World Series competitions (564 points)
Muller du Plessis – RWC debut; 20 World Series competitions (315 points)
Christie Grobbelaar – RWC debut; 8 World Series competitions (70 points)
Sako Makata – RWC debut; 16 World Series competitions (60 points)
James Murphy – RWC debut; 10 World Series competitions (45 points)
Mfundo Ndhlovu – RWC debut; 10 World Series competitions (60 points)
Ryan Oosthuizen – 2018 RWC; 32 World Series competitions (160 points)
JC Pretorius – RWC debut; 20 World Series competitions (225 points)
Siviwe Soyizwapi (captain) – 2018 RWC; 40 World Series competitions (670 points)
Impi Visser – RWC debut; 21 World Series competitions (115 points)
Shaun Williams – RWC debut; 7 World Series competitions (80 points)
The Springbok Women’s Sevens will open their campaign against France in the second last game on Friday evening, and Delport said they are not looking past that encounter.
We are absorbed internally and want to make sure we play that game with clarity among the group, said Delport.
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You only get to play a Rugby World Cup Sevens competition in your own country once and we hope to make the best of it.
On his decision of naming co-captains, Delport said: “Home competitions create a lot of extra pressure on our skippers and we want to spread the workload in that respect and also wanted to make sure we have a captain on the arena all the time.
Marin and Size are both knowledgeable campaigners and leaders and will complement each other in that regard.
Simamkele Namba has not played for the team before, with several players who made their entrances in this year’s World Series, Commonwealth Games,
The Springbok Women’s Sevens squad (with RWC & World Series stats):
Marlize de Bruin – RWC debut; 1 World Series tournament
Kirsten Eastes – RWC debut; 1 World Series tournament
Nolwazi Hlabangane – RWC debut; 1 World Series tournament
Felicia Jacobs – RWC debut; 1 World Series tournament
Lerato Makua – RWC debut; 1 World Series tournament
Unathi Mali – RWC debut; 2 World Series tournaments
Ayanda Malinga – RWC debut, 1 World Series tournament (10 points)
Zintle Mpupha – 2018 RWC; 6 World Series tournaments (40 points)
Simamkele Namba – RWC debut
Asisipho Plaatjies – RWC debut; 1 World Series tournament
Nadine Roos – 2018 RWC; 5 World Series tournaments (79 points)
Mathrin Simmers – 2013, 2018 RWC; 14 World Series tournaments (35 points)
Sizophila Solontsi – RWC debut; 2 World Series tournaments
Eloise Webb – 2018 RWC; 5 World Series tournaments (7 points)
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