Johannesburg – The Springboks Sevens and their new coach Neil Powell are aiming to start the new Sevens World Series on winning note when the Gold Coast Sevens kicks off early on Saturday.
Powell, a former Springbok Sevens captain and World Series winner, succeeded the long-serving Paul Treu and was one of nine new coaches at the season-opener in Australia.
South Africa only landed in Australia in the early hours of Friday after weather disrupted their travel, but the team arrived on the Gold Coast with a strong side.
Branco du Preez, Paul Delport and prolific try scorer Seabelo Senatla may all be out injured but veteran Frankie Horne returned after missing the World Cup in Russia.
Skipper Kyle Brown had enjoyed a full pre-season after his action was cut short by an ankle injury last year.
Forward Chris Dry was one try away from 50 in his international career and the return of several regulars to the squad meant South Africa was one of only two sides at the Gold Coast with no debutants.
The Springbok Sevens' opponents in Pool B were England, France and Spain.
The Springbok Sevens team is (World Series tournaments in brackets):
Sampie Mastriet (2), Kyle Brown (33) (captain), Cornal Hendricks (16), Jamba Ulengo (6), Frankie Horne (50), Philip Snyman (15), Chris Dry (28). Replacements: Stephan Dippenaar (14), Justin Geduld (4), Cecil Afrika (24), Mark Richards (7), Steven Hunt (19). Coach: Neil Powell – Sapa