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Springbok Sevens head coach Sandile Ngcobo. Photo: X

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Springbok Sevens unleash the big guns for HSBC SVNS

Springbok Sevens coach Sandile Ngcobo is bringing out the big guns for the upcoming HSBC SVNS tournament in North America.

16-02-24 20:26
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Springbok Sevens head coach Sandile Ngcobo. Photo: X

Springbok Sevens head coach Sandile Ngcobo made five changes to his travelling squad for the next two HSBC SVNS tournaments, in Vancouver next weekend and Los Angeles a week later.

Impi Visser, Shaun Williams, Rosko Specman, Justin Geduld and Darren Adonis will travel to North America after missing out on the Australian leg in Perth last month, where the Blitzboks finished fifth.

Blitzboks legends Visser, Specman and Geduld played in the opening two tournaments of the 2024 series in Dubai and Cape Town, but Williams and Adonis will make their first appearances of the season.

Adonis last played in Sydney in 2023 and Williams in London at the end of the previous season.

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Ngcobo said injuries forced his hand when selecting the Blitzboks squad but added that hard work at training also brought rewards to some of the players.

“We needed to have a fresh squad for this trip as we play back-to-back tournaments,” Ngcobo said.

“Unfortunately, we lost some guys to injury following the Perth tournament, but it also provided us the opportunity to pick a fit and strong squad for the trip.

“Rosko and Justin bring vast experience and ability and Impi returns after missing out on Perth due to a neck strain. We are in a very physical pool, so to have Impi back is great, as we will have to fight fire with fire.”

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Ngcobo said he was pleased to include Williams and Adonis for the Blitzboks’ trip to North America: “Shaun just missed out on selection for Perth and that stung. He showed a lot of energy in training and will be a ball of fire on tour. He can play sweeper and wing, which is great for us.

“Darren was injured at the beginning of the season but has recovered well. He is a natural centre but has also trained at hooker in the last couple of months and adapted well in that role.”

The Blitzboks coach said their pool, which includes New Zealand, Ireland and Great Britain will be tough.

“We have some physical opponents and our response to those challenges will be key in our success,” the Blitzboks boss said. “The squad that we selected can certainly face adversity and I expect us to be very competitive in Vancouver. All the teams in our pool will be desperate for wins, so there will be no easy game.”

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Friday 23 February
23h52: New Zealand

Saturday 24 February
04h56: Great Britain
23h05: Ireland


Players — Ryan Oosthuizen, Impi Visser, Zain Davids, Selvyn Davids (captain), Shaun Williams, Shilton van Wyk, Rosko Specman, David Brits, Darren Adonis, Justin Geduld, Tristan Leyds, Ricardo Duarttee, Katlego Letebele.

Selvyn Davids Blitzboks Perth Sevens
The Blitzboks finished fifth at the Perth Sevens. Photo: SA Rugby website