Forgot Password

 

Register

 

Create your Connect ID

This will allow you to login to all DStv websites & applications




or
Login using
x

Email Reset

 




Loading...
Loading Live Scoring...
*All times CAT (GMT+2)

Rugby | Sevens

Warren Whiteley © Gallo Images

Blitzbokke make three changes for Dubai



The Springbok Sevens have made three changes to their squad for the next two rounds of the HSBC Sevens World Series in Dubai and Nelson Mandela Bay in Port Elizabeth.

Blitzbokke playmaker and former IRB Player of the Year Cecil Afrika, has not yet recovered from the niggling knee injury he sustained at the season-opening Gold Coast Sevens and was therefore not considered for selection.

Afrika is replaced by debutant Kevin Luiters, the promising 20-year old Toyota Free State Cheetahs scrumhalf.

Philip Snyman, the FS Cheetahs outside back who recently re-joined the Springbok Sevens on a two-year contract, returns in place of Ruwellyn Isbell while promising MTN Golden Lions loose forward Warren Whiteley gets his first outing in place of Reuben Johannes.

Johannes and Isbell both had their first taste of World Series action at the Gold Coast, where the Springbok Sevens finished third.

Robert Ebersohn (Toyota Free State Cheetahs) was not considered for selection due to a hamstring injury.

Commenting on the 12-man squad, Springbok Sevens coach Paul Treu said: “It is obviously disappointing not to have Cecil fit for Dubai. Unfortunately, he has not recovered fully and we will not take any chances.

“Philip and Warren are big boys and both are eager to play for the Springbok Sevens. They have fitted in nicely during our training sessions and I am looking forward to see them in action.”

South Africa share a tough pool challenge with crowd favourites, England, powerful Samoa and the ever-improving Portugal.

The Emirates Airline Dubai Sevens will be played on 30 November and 1 December and followed by the Cell C Nelson Mandela Bay Sevens in Port Elizabeth on 8 and 9 December.

The team leave for Dubai on Sunday evening from the Cape Town International Airport.

The Springbok Sevens squad (SARU contracted unless indicated otherwise):

1. Chris Dry
2. Philip Snyman
3. Frankie Horne
4. Warren Whiteley (MTN Golden Lions)
5. Cornal Hendricks
6. Kyle Brown - captain
7. Branco du Preez
8. Stephan Dippenaar
9. Paul Delport
10. Kevin Luiters (Toyota Free State Cheetahs)
11. Tshotsho Mbovane
12. Steven Hunt

Shop

SA rugby Annual 2014
The 2014 SA Rugby Annual is the official record of the South African season and is widely considered to be one of the finest yearbooks in world rugby
R175.00
Victor - My Journey
As the most capped Springbok ever, Victor Matfield is a national hero who transcends rugby provincialism and has fans across the world
R198.44
The Poisoned Chalice
The Springboks have had several post-isolation coaches, and if they agree on nothing else, they will concur that everyone in the job suffers enormous pressure
R157.00
Coach - Marco Botha
At 34, Heyneke Meyer was fired as head coach of a Super Rugby team for the second time
R110.00


Comments

More expert analysis and opinion from Sport24
The opinions expressed by Sport24 experts and bloggers are theirs alone, and do not necessarily represent those of SuperSport

Sports Talk



Gavin Rich
Pollard should get the Kallis treatment
The past few days have provided another example of how quickly the mood of the South African rugby...

Tony Johnson
NZ, SA dish up another great test
Another tremendous test, and further evidence of the massive respect between New Zealand and South...

Brenden Nel
Boks v NZ battles - bring them on!
It came as an innocuous question from an All Black supporter on Twitter, but it summed up the...

Alistair Hargreaves
At Saracens we do things a little differently
When David Strettle crossed the try line in the final seconds of our game last weekend, there was a...