Springbok Sevens playmaker Cecil Afrika is on his way to Tokyo for this weekend Sevens World Series tournament in Japan.

Johannesburg – Cecil Afrika has returned to the Springbok Sevens squad for the Nelson Mandela Bay Sevens tournament in Port Elizabeth this weekend after missing round two of the World Series in Dubai.

“We know the fans expect us to do well and we will do our best not to disappoint them,” Springbok Sevens coach Paul Treu said on Thursday.

“It's nice to have Cecil back because he is such an important player for us.”

The former IRB Sevens Player of the year, was one of three changes to the squad for South Africa's home tournament in the series.

Cheslin Kolbe replaced Kevin Luiters while Bernado Botha would start in place of Steven Hunt, ruled out because of an ankle injury.

“We took Steven for scans this morning and the results on ankle were not good, so we decided not to risk him and rather play Bernado instead,” said Treu.

Frankie Horne, playing in his 44th consecutive World Series tournament, would captain the Blitzbokke and would equal the record number of Sevens appearances for a South African, held by Fabian Juries.

Springbok Sevens team: Chris Dry, Philip Snyman, Frankie Horne, Warren Whiteley, Cornal Hendricks, Cheslin Kolbe, Ruwellyn Isbell, Stephan Dippenaar, Paul Delport, Cecil Afrika, Tshotsho Mbovane, Bernado Botha. – Sapa