The Springbok Sevens rugby squad announced for the next two rounds of the HSBC Sevens World Series in Hong Kong and Tokyo shows two changes from the squad that played in New Zealand and the USA.
Justin Geduld and Stephan Dippenaar return to the 12-man squad in place of Rayno Benjamin and Warrick Gelant, who have returned to the Toyota Cheetahs and Vodacom Blue Bulls respectively to resume their provincial duties.
Geduld, a Commonwealth Games gold medalist with the Blitzboks last year, shrugged off the hamstring injury he picked up in Wellington, which ruled him out of the Las Vegas Sevens.
Dippenaar returns to the Springbok Sevens squad for the first time since the opening round last October, when he sustained a hamstring injury at the Gold Coast Sevens in Australia.
The rest of the squad is unchanged from the outfit that finished third in Wellington and Las Vegas. Kyle Brown leads a Blitzboks squad that is very experienced, and has in Frankie Horne a stalwart forward who will play in his 64th consecutive World Series tournament.
The popular three-day tournament in Hong Kong marks round six of the HSBC Sevens World Series and takes place from 27 to 29 March, with the Tokyo event a week later.
The Springbok Sevens squad for Hong Kong and Tokyo is (World Series caps in brackets, allSARU contracted players):
- Chris Dry (40)
- Philip Snyman (29)
- Frankie Horne (64)
- Kwagga Smith (11)
- Werner Kok (13)
- Kyle Brown (captain, 44)
- Branco du Preez (37)
- Stephan Dippenaar (22)
- Justin Geduld (15)
- Cecil Afrika (35)
- Seabelo Senatla (14)
- Rosko Specman (2)