The Blitzboks have finished first in Pool B at the Wellington Sevens after three dominant wins over Japan, Australia and Fiji.
Springbok Sevens captain Philip Snyman says the loss of Kyle Brown and Cecil Afrika to injury has robbed the side of vital experience.
Springbok Sevens coach Neil Powell has warned his charges not to underestimate Japan in their opening game at the HSBC Wellington Sevens on Saturday.
Former New Zealand sevens coach Gordon Tietjens says he is excited to face the All Blacks in his first game as Samoa coach.
Blitzbok speedster Rosko Specman is keen for the HSBC Wellington Sevens to start, after being named in the Dream Team at last year's tournament.
Along with Seabelo Senatla, Kwagga Smith will also be leaving the Sevens set-up to join the Lions squad, leaving the team thin on experience.
Springboks Sevens coach Neil Powell says he always planned to include youngsters in the squad for the Wellington and Sydney legs of the World Series.
He was one of the stand-out players for the SA Under-20s last year, but now Zain Davids is about to make his senior rugby bow – in sevens.