South Africa national rugby sevens team

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South Africa
Nickname(s)Blitzboks, Blitzbokke
EmblemSpringbok
UnionSouth African Rugby Union
Head coachNeil Powell
CaptainPhilip Snyman
Top scorerCecil Afrika (1,430)
Top try scorerSeabelo Senatla (224)
First colours
Second colours
Rugby World Cup Sevens
Appearances6 (First in 1993)
Best resultRunner-up (1997)

The South African national rugby sevens team competes in the World Rugby Sevens Series, the Rugby World Cup Sevens, the Summer Olympic Games and the Commonwealth Games.

History[edit]

After readmission to international sport, the team played their first 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 World Rugby Sevens Series (then the IRB Sevens World Series) started and the team have been participating in that series ever since.

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

The team's nickname, "Blitzboks", is derived from "blitzrugby" (literally "lightning rugby"), the Afrikaans language term for sevens.

Honours[edit]

Tournament history[edit]

Summer Olympics[edit]

Olympic Games record
Year Round Position Pld W L D
Brazil 2016 Semifinalists 3rd 6 4 2 0
Total 0 Titles 1/1 6 4 2 0

Rugby World Cup Sevens[edit]

World Cup Sevens record
Year Round Position Played Won Lost Drew
Scotland 1993 Quarterfinalists 5th 8 6 2 0
Hong Kong 1997 Finalists 2nd 7 6 1 0
Argentina 2001 Quarterfinalists 5th 6 5 1 0
Hong Kong 2005 Quarterfinalists 5th 6 4 2 0
United Arab Emirates 2009 Quarterfinalists 5th 4 3 1 0
Russia 2013 Quarterfinalists 5th 4 3 1 0
United States 2018 Semifinalists 3rd 4 3 1 0
Total 0 Titles 7/7 39 30 9 0

Commonwealth Games[edit]

Commonwealth Games record
Year Round Position Pld W L D
Malaysia 1998 Quarterfinalists 5th 5 4 1 0
England 2002 Semifinalists 3rd 6 5 1 0
Australia 2006 Plate Finalists 6th 6 3 3 0
India 2010 Semifinalists 3rd 6 5 1 0
Scotland 2014 Champions 1st 6 6 0 0
Australia 2018 Semifinalists 4th 5 3 2 0
Total 1 Title 34 26 8 0

World Games[edit]

Games Gold Silver Bronze
2001 Akita[1]  Fiji  Australia  New Zealand
2005 Duisburg  Fiji  South Africa  Argentina
2009 Kaohsiung[2]  Fiji  Portugal  South Africa
2013 Cali[3]  South Africa  Argentina  Canada

World Rugby Sevens Series[edit]

Series wins[edit]

South Africa won the following editions on the Sevens World Series since its inception in 1999–2000:

World Series wins
Season Points Runner-up Tournament wins
2008–09 132 Fiji (102) 3
2016–17 192 England (164) 5
2017–18 182 Fiji (180) 2

Series tournament wins[edit]

South Africa won the following tournaments on the Sevens World Series since its inception in 1999–2000:

Cup wins
Season Tournament Final opponent Score
2001–02 2002 Wellington Sevens Samoa 17–14
2002–03 2003 Cardiff Sevens Argentina 35–17
2003–04 2003 Dubai Sevens New Zealand 33–26
2004 Singapore Sevens Argentina 24–19
2004–05 2005 London Sevens England 21–12
2005–06 2006 Paris Sevens Samoa 33–12
2006–07 2006 Dubai Sevens New Zealand 31–12
2007–08 2008 Adelaide Sevens New Zealand 15–7
2008–09 2008 Dubai Sevens England 19–12
2008 South Africa Sevens New Zealand 12–7
2009 Adelaide Sevens Kenya 26–7
2010–11 2011 USA Sevens Fiji 24–14
2011 London Sevens Fiji 24–14
2011 Edinburgh Sevens Australia 36–35
2012–13 2013 USA Sevens New Zealand 40–21
2013 Japan Sevens New Zealand 24–19
2013 Scotland Sevens New Zealand 28–21
2013–14 2013 South Africa Sevens New Zealand 17–14
2014 USA Sevens New Zealand 14–7
2014–15 2014 Dubai Sevens Australia 33–7
2014 South Africa Sevens New Zealand 26–17
2015–16 2015 South Africa Sevens Argentina 29–14
2016–17 2016 Dubai Sevens Fiji 26–14
2017 Wellington Sevens Fiji 26–5
2017 Sydney Sevens England 29–14
2017 USA Sevens Fiji 19–12
2017 Paris Sevens Scotland 15–5
2017–18 2017 Dubai Sevens New Zealand 24–12
2018 Paris Sevens England 24–14

Current season[edit]

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following players have been named in the squad for the 2018 South Africa Sevens:[4]

2018 Cape Town Sevens squad
Player Position Date of birth (age) Debut Tourn­aments Matches Points Ref
Kyle Brown Forward (1987-02-06) 6 February 1987 (age 31) 2008 Dubai Sevens 67 339 435 [5]
Selvyn Davids Back (1994-03-26) 26 March 1994 (age 24) 2017 Hong Kong Sevens 7 29 102 [6]
Zain Davids Forward (1997-05-04) 4 May 1997 (age 21) 2017 Wellington Sevens 15 70 50 [7]
Muller du Plessis Back (1999-06-25) 25 June 1999 (age 19) 2018 USA Sevens 6 25 85 [8]
Branco du Preez Back (1990-05-08) 8 May 1990 (age 28) 2010 Wellington Sevens 63 316 1,182 [9]
Justin Geduld Back (1993-10-01) 1 October 1993 (age 25) 2013 Wellington Sevens 38 194 872 [10]
Dewald Human Back (1995-05-19) 19 May 1995 (age 23) 2017 Paris Sevens 6 26 79 [11]
Werner Kok Forward / Back (1993-01-17) 17 January 1993 (age 25) 2013 London Sevens 39 196 450 [12]
Ryan Oosthuizen Forward (1995-05-22) 22 May 1995 (age 23) 2017 Hong Kong Sevens 12 55 60 [13]
Philip Snyman (c) Forward (1987-03-26) 26 March 1987 (age 31) 2008 Dubai Sevens 56 257 351 [14]
Siviwe Soyizwapi Back (1992-12-07) 7 December 1992 (age 26) 2016 Hong Kong Sevens 20 101 310 [15]
Rosko Specman [a] Back (1989-04-28) 28 April 1989 (age 29) 2014 Wellington Sevens 28 150 380 [16]
Impi Visser Forward (1995-05-30) 30 May 1995 (age 23) 2018 Dubai Sevens 2 12 10 [17]
Updated after the 2018 South Africa Sevens.
(c) denotes the team captain.

In addition to the players above, the following players are also contracted to the South Africa Sevens squad for the 2018–19 World Rugby Sevens Series::[18]

2018–2019 South Africa World Rugby Sevens contracted players
Player Position Date of birth (age) Debut Tourn­aments Matches Points Ref
Cecil Afrika Back (1988-03-03) 3 March 1988 (age 30) 2009 Dubai Sevens 61 318 1,430 [19]
Chris Dry Forward (1988-02-13) 13 February 1988 (age 30) 2010 Adelaide Sevens 64 319 460 [20]
Stedman Gans [b] Back (1997-03-19) 19 March 1997 (age 21) 2017 USA Sevens 11 44 60 [21]
James Murphy Forward (1995-11-30) 30 November 1995 (age 23) 2018 Hong Kong Sevens 2 11 0 [22]
Mfundo Ndhlovu Back (1997-04-05) 5 April 1997 (age 21) 2018 Hong Kong Sevens 2 10 10 [23]
JC Pretorius Forward (1998-01-29) 29 January 1998 (age 20) 0 0 0
Updated after the 2017–18 World Rugby Sevens Series.
  1. ^ Rosko Specman was available for the first two events of the series before joining the Bulls for the 2019 Super Rugby season.
  2. ^ Stedman Gans is available for the first four events of the series before joining the Bulls for the 2019 Super Rugby season.

Academy squad[edit]

The following players are members of the sevens academy, or players outside the main squad that were included in an academy squad:[18][24]

Previous squads[edit]

The previous South African Sevens squads are as follows:

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "World Games Day 2: Fiji cruise to Gold Medal". Ultimate Rugby Sevens. Retrieved 7 January 2014.
  3. ^ "2013 World Games rugby results". Retrieved 7 January 2014.
  4. ^ "Powell names unchanged line-up for Cape Town" (Press release). South African Rugby Union. 6 December 2018. Retrieved 7 December 2018.
  5. ^ "HSBC Sevens World Series : Kyle Brown". World Rugby. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  6. ^ "HSBC Sevens World Series : Selvyn Davids". World Rugby. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  7. ^ "HSBC Sevens World Series : Zain Davids". World Rugby. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  8. ^ "HSBC Sevens World Series : Muller du Plessis". World Rugby. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  9. ^ "HSBC Sevens World Series : Branco Du Preez". World Rugby. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  10. ^ "HSBC Sevens World Series : Justin Geduld". World Rugby. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  11. ^ "HSBC Sevens World Series : Dewald Human". World Rugby. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  12. ^ "HSBC Sevens World Series : Werner Kok". World Rugby. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  13. ^ "HSBC Sevens World Series : Ryan Oosthuizen". World Rugby. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  14. ^ "HSBC Sevens World Series : Philip Snyman". World Rugby. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  15. ^ "HSBC Sevens World Series : Siviwe Soyizwapi". World Rugby. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  16. ^ "HSBC Sevens World Series : Rosko Specman". World Rugby. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  17. ^ "HSBC Sevens World Series : Impi Visser". World Rugby. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  18. ^ a b "Final push for Blitzboks as World Series looms" (Press release). South African Rugby Union. 5 November 2018. Retrieved 7 November 2018.
  19. ^ "HSBC Sevens World Series : Cecil Afrika". World Rugby. Retrieved 28 November 2018.
  20. ^ "HSBC Sevens World Series : Chris Dry". World Rugby. Retrieved 28 November 2018.
  21. ^ "HSBC Sevens World Series : Stedman Gans". World Rugby. Retrieved 28 November 2018.
  22. ^ "HSBC Sevens World Series : James Murphy". World Rugby. Retrieved 28 November 2018.
  23. ^ "HSBC Sevens World Series : Mfundo Ndhlovu". World Rugby. Retrieved 28 November 2018.
  24. ^ "Dry makes return with SA Academy side to Dubai" (Press release). South African Rugby Union. 23 November 2018. Retrieved 27 November 2018.

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