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Johannesburg – South Africa have made three changes to their squad for the Hong Kong and Tokyo legs of the Sevens World Series.
Three players who were part of the squad that won the US Sevens in Las Vegas last month – Warren Whiteley, Pieter Engelbrecht and Cheslin Kolbe – have not been included for the next two tournaments.
Whiteley and Kolbe returned to their provinces, the SA Rugby Union announced on Thursday, while Engelbrecht was not considered for selection because of the concussion he suffered at the Spar International last week in Harare.
Other players not considered because of injury are Kyle Brown (ankle), Cecil Afrika (knee) and Mark Richards (Achilles).
Steven Hunt, who returned to action for the SA elite player development squad in Zimbabwe at the weekend, will make his first World Series appearance since the Dubai tournament in December last year.
Another fully fit player returning to the line-up is Justin Geduld, who has recovered from a hand injury.
The Hong Kong Sevens takes place over three days next week and will be followed by the two-day Tokyo Sevens a week later.
Springbok Sevens coach Paul Treu expected another thrilling tournament in Hong Kong.
“The World Series is very competitive at the moment and it is very difficult to predict a winner for Hong Kong,” Treu said after naming his 12-man squad.
“So far this season there have been five different winners for the five rounds of the World Series, which just illustrates the point that Hong Kong will be an extremely difficult challenge.”
South Africa have been drawn in Pool A alongside Argentina, Wales and Australia.
SA squad: Chris Dry, Philip Snyman, Frankie Horne (captain), Jamba Ulengo, Cornal Hendricks, Tshotsho Mbovane, Branco Du Preez, Stephan Dippenaar, Paul Delport, Justin Geduld, Seabelo Senatla, Steven Hunt. – Sapa