GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 12: Steven Hunt of South Africa attempts to break away from the defence during the Gold Coast Sevens round one match between England and South Africa at Skilled Stadium on October 12, 2013 in Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Johannesburg – Three players have been called up to join the Springbok Sevens ahead of the Nelson Mandela Bay Sevens in Port Elizabeth at the weekend.

Steven Hunt, Kwagga Smith and Rosco Speckman were called up as injury cover for Stephan Dippenaar, Jamba Ulengo and Frankie Horne.

Dippenaar was ruled out of action with a hamstring injury, while Ulengo is doubtful because of a foot injury.

Horne suffered a blow to the leg this past weekend in Dubai, where the Springbok Sevens finished as runners-up to Fiji in Round Two of the HSBC Sevens World Series.

Hunt, Smith and Speckman were all in action in Dubai, where they helped the SA Sevens Academy team defend their Dubai Invitational title for a fourth successive time.

They arrived in Port Elizabeth on Tuesday and joined the squad for their first training session.

Springbok Sevens coach Neil Powell will announce his 12-man squad on Thursday. – Sapa