South Africa national rugby sevens team

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South Africa
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Blitzboks, Blitzbokke
Emblem Springbok
Union South African Rugby Union
Head coach Neil Powell
Captain Philip Snyman
Top scorer Cecil Afrika (1,273)
Top try scorer Seabelo Senatla (189)
First colours
Second colours
Rugby World Cup Sevens
Appearances 6 (First in 1993)
Best result Runners-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]

Olympics 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 Qualified
Total 0 Titles 6/6 35 27 8 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 Qualified
Total 1 Title 5/5 29 23 6 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

Sevens World 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

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

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following players were named in squads that competed at events on the 2017–18 World Rugby Sevens Series:[4][5][6]

2017–2018 South Africa World Rugby Sevens squad
Player Position Date of birth (age) Debut Tourn Matches Points Ref
Afrika, CecilCecil Afrika Back (1988-03-03) 3 March 1988 (age 29) 2009 Dubai Sevens 55 285 1,335 [7]
Agaba, TimTim Agaba Forward (1989-07-23) 23 July 1989 (age 28) 2016 Sydney Sevens 12 61 50 [8]
Brown, KyleKyle Brown Forward (1987-02-06) 6 February 1987 (age 30) 2008 Dubai Sevens 60 297 400 [9]
Dry, ChrisChris Dry Forward (1988-02-13) 13 February 1988 (age 29) 2010 Adelaide Sevens 64 308 460 [10]
du Preez, BrancoBranco du Preez Back (1990-05-08) 8 May 1990 (age 27) 2010 Wellington Sevens 57 285 1,100 [11]
Gans, StedmanStedman Gans Back (1997-03-19) 19 March 1997 (age 20) 2017 USA Sevens 4 11 5 [12]
Geduld, JustinJustin Geduld Back (1993-10-01) 1 October 1993 (age 24) 2013 Wellington Sevens 32 164 699 [13]
Kok, WernerWerner Kok Back (1993-01-17) 17 January 1993 (age 25) 2013 London Sevens 31 153 365 [14]
Labuschagné, MarcoMarco Labuschagné Forward (1998-01-30) 30 January 1998 (age 19) 2017 London Sevens 2 2 0
Nel, RuhanRuhan Nel Back (1991-05-17) 17 May 1991 (age 26) 2014 Gold Coast Sevens 23 115 202 [15]
Notshe, SikhumbuzoSikhumbuzo Notshe Forward (1993-05-28) 28 May 1993 (age 24) 0 0 0
Sage, DylanDylan Sage Forward (1992-01-24) 24 January 1992 (age 25) 2015 South Africa Sevens 17 93 100 [16]
Senatla, SeabeloSeabelo Senatla Back (1993-02-10) 10 February 1993 (age 24) 2013 Wellington Sevens 35 179 1,015 [17]
Smith, KwaggaKwagga Smith Forward (1993-06-11) 11 June 1993 (age 24) 2013 South Africa Sevens 29 147 300 [18]
Snyman, PhilipPhilip Snyman (c) Forward (1987-03-26) 26 March 1987 (age 30) 2008 Dubai Sevens 49 219 321 [19]
Soyizwapi, ShakesShakes Soyizwapi Back (1992-12-07) 7 December 1992 (age 25) 2016 Hong Kong Sevens 13 59 180 [20]
Specman, RoskoRosko Specman Back (1989-04-28) 28 April 1989 (age 28) 2014 Wellington Sevens 23 123 288 [21]
Updated after the 2017 South Africa Sevens.

"Tournaments" refer to the number of tournaments on the World Rugby Sevens Series that players featured in.
(c) denotes the team captain.

Previous squads[edit]

The previous South African Sevens squads are as follows:

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rugby: Rugby 7s". The World Games. Archived from the original on 17 May 2007. Retrieved 7 January 2014. 
  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. ^ "Most experienced Blitzbok squad ever named for Dubai" (Press release). South African Rugby Union. 24 November 2017. Retrieved 27 November 2017. 
  5. ^ "Powell names unchanged side for Cape Town Sevens" (Press release). South African Rugby Union. 6 December 2017. Retrieved 7 December 2017. 
  6. ^ "Sage, Gans back for Blitzboks' trip to Australasia" (Press release). South African Rugby Union. 17 January 2018. Retrieved 17 January 2018. 
  7. ^ "HSBC Sevens World Series : Cecil Afrika". World Rugby. Retrieved 10 December 2017. 
  8. ^ "HSBC Sevens World Series : Tim Agaba". World Rugby. Retrieved 10 December 2017. 
  9. ^ "HSBC Sevens World Series : Kyle Brown". World Rugby. Retrieved 10 December 2017. 
  10. ^ "HSBC Sevens World Series : Chris Dry". World Rugby. Retrieved 10 December 2017. 
  11. ^ "HSBC Sevens World Series : Branco Du Preez". World Rugby. Retrieved 10 December 2017. 
  12. ^ "HSBC Sevens World Series : Stedman Gans". World Rugby. Retrieved 17 January 2018. 
  13. ^ "HSBC Sevens World Series : Justin Geduld". World Rugby. Retrieved 10 December 2017. 
  14. ^ "HSBC Sevens World Series : Werner Kok". World Rugby. Retrieved 10 December 2017. 
  15. ^ "HSBC Sevens World Series : Ruhan Nel". World Rugby. Retrieved 10 December 2017. 
  16. ^ "HSBC Sevens World Series : Dylan Sage". World Rugby. Retrieved 17 January 2018. 
  17. ^ "HSBC Sevens World Series : Seabelo Senatla". World Rugby. Retrieved 10 December 2017. 
  18. ^ "HSBC Sevens World Series : Kwagga Smith". World Rugby. Retrieved 10 December 2017. 
  19. ^ "HSBC Sevens World Series : Philip Snyman". World Rugby. Retrieved 10 December 2017. 
  20. ^ "HSBC Sevens World Series : Siviwe Soyizwapi". World Rugby. Retrieved 7 December 2017. 
  21. ^ "HSBC Sevens World Series : Rosko Specman". World Rugby. Retrieved 10 December 2017. 

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