The Blitzboks will boast an experienced side for the Dubai Sevens, with a number of returning veterans named for next weekend’s tournament.
Former World Player of the Year, Seabelo Senatla, World Player of the Year nominee Rosko Specman and current SA Rugby Sevens Player of the Year, Dylan Sage will return to the team for the opening tournament, while Ruhan Nel will feature for the Blitzboks for the first time in a year after he toured with the Springboks in November last year. It will also be Senatla and Sage’s first tournament in a year. Siviwe Soyizwapi has been named captain for the new season and will run out in his 29th tournament at the Sevens Stadium in Dubai. He took over the captaincy from an injured Philip Snyman for the last four tournaments last season.
Youngsters Kurt-Lee Arendse and JC Pretorius will take part in their first event for the Blitzboks in Dubai, while the experience of Ryan Oosthuizen, Chris Dry, Zain Davids, Selvyn Davids and Justin Geduld will up the squad’s tournaments-played tally.
“I think we are better prepared compared to the same time last year,” said Powell. “We had warm-up tournaments in Germany, Kenya and England, and everyone had a good run in at least one of those. Selection was tough, as most of the regulars are available for the opening tournament.”