South Africa national rugby union team (sevens)

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South Africa
South Africa national rugby union team.svg
Union South African Rugby Union
Nickname(s) Blitzbokke
Emblem(s) The Springbok and the Protea
Coach(es) Neil Powell
Captain(s) Kyle Brown
Team kit
Change kit
World Cup Sevens
Appearances 6 (First in 1993)
Best result Runners-up, 1997

The South African national rugby union sevens team compete in the IRB Sevens World Series, the Rugby World Cup Sevens and the Commonwealth Games.

History[edit]

After readmission to international sport, the team played their first ever sevens series in the 1993 Hong Kong Sevens and also participated in the 1993 Rugby World Cup Sevens. They also played in the Hong Kong Sevens for the next two seasons. In 1996, they also took part in the Punta Del Este Sevens in Uruguay and the Dubai Sevens.

They participated in the 1997 Rugby World Cup Sevens the following year and in 1998, they played three South American tournaments – the Mar Del Plata Sevens in Argentina, the Punta Del Este Sevens and the Viña del Mar Sevens in Chile.

1999 saw them participate in the Mar Del Plata Sevens, the Santiago Sevens in Chile, the Fiji Sevens, the Hong Kong Sevens, the Japan Sevens and the Paris Sevens.

At the end of 1999, the first IRB Sevens World Series started and the team have been participating in that series ever since.

In addition to the Sevens World Series, they also played in the Rugby World Cup Sevens, the Commonwealth Games, the World Games and, from 2016 onwards, the Olympic Games.

Players[edit]

For a complete list of every player to have represented the Blitzbokke, see List of South Africa national rugby union (sevens) players.

Current squad[edit]

The following players were named in the squad for the 2014–15 IRB Sevens World Series:[1][2]

Previous squads[edit]

The previous South African Sevens squads are as follows:

Rugby union at the World Games[edit]

Games Gold Silver Bronze
2001 Akita[3]  Fiji  Australia  New Zealand
2005 Duisburg  Fiji  South Africa  Argentina
2009 Kaohsiung[4]  Fiji  Portugal  South Africa
2013 Cali[5]  South Africa  Argentina  Canada

Honours[edit]

Win summaries[edit]

Event Venue Cup Plate Bowl Shield
Winner Final Score Runner-up Winner Winner Winner
2013 South Africa Sevens Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
South Africa
17 – 14
New Zealand

Fiji

England

Scotland
2013 Scotland Sevens Scotstoun Stadium
South Africa
28 – 21
New Zealand

United States

Australia

France
2013 Japan Sevens Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium
South Africa
24 – 19
New Zealand

United States

England

Canada
2013 USA Sevens Sam Boyd Stadium
South Africa
40 – 21
New Zealand

Canada

France

Australia
2011 London Sevens Twickenham Stadium
South Africa
24 – 14
Fiji

Samoa

Scotland

England
2009 Adelaide Sevens Adelaide Oval
South Africa
26 – 7
Kenya

England

Samoa

United States
2008 South Africa Sevens Outeniqua Park
South Africa
12 – 7
New Zealand

England

France

Zimbabwe
2008 Dubai Sevens The Sevens
South Africa
19 – 12
England

Samoa

Portugal

United States
2008 Adelaide Sevens Adelaide Oval
South Africa
15 – 7
New Zealand

Tonga

Argentina

Wales
2006 Dubai Sevens Dubai Exiles Rugby Ground
South Africa
31 – 12
New Zealand

Samoa

Argentina

Wales

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Springbok Sevens name one debutant for Gold Coast challenge". South African Rugby Union. 2 October 2014. Retrieved 2 October 2014. 
  2. ^ "Several regulars return to Blitzboks fold for Dubai, PE". South African Rugby Union. 27 November 2014. Retrieved 27 November 2014. 
  3. ^ "Rugby: Rugby 7s". The World Games. Retrieved 7 January 2014. 
  4. ^ "World Games Day 2: Fiji cruise to Gold Medal". Ultimate Rugby Sevens. Retrieved 7 January 2014. 
  5. ^ "2013 World Games rugby results". Retrieved 7 January 2014.