05/08/2020 - Blitzboks Prepare To Return To Training - Springbok Sevens coach Neil Powell believes his squad’s return to training will not only boost the Blitzbok players on a physical level but will also give the players a mental boost as they prepare for their return to their base next week. The players will undergo COVID-19 testing on Thursday as part of the return to play protocols and will report for duty at the Stellenbosch
29/07/2020 - Cape Town Sevens Cancelled - The Cape Town leg of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series – provisionally scheduled for 4-6 December this year – has been cancelled due to the ongoing and dynamic global nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, World Rugby announced on Wednesday. The Dubai leg of the Series – with which the Cape Town event is paired – has also been cancelled. The events were due to be the
18/07/2020 - Tokyo 2020 Sevens Schedule Confirmed - The International Olympic Committee has announced the revised competition schedule for the Tokyo Olympic Games which were postponed by a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic with the Opening Ceremony now set for 23 July 2021. In a reverse from the previous edition in Rio, the men’s rugby sevens competition will take place first, running over three
02/07/2020 - Selvyn Davids Included In List Of Seven Players To Watch At 2020 Olympics - Fiji’s Olympic gold medal-winning coach Ben Ryan picked his seven male players who he thinks will have fans on the edge of their seats at next year’s Tokyo 2020 Olympics and the 2021 season. South African Selwyn Davids was included in Ben Ryan's list of seven players, he has 96 caps and scored 390 points for
01/07/2020 - Powell Congratulates New Zealand On 2020 HSBC World Rugby 7's Series Title - Springbok Sevens coach Neil Powell congratulated the All Blacks Sevens team after they were named winners of the 2019/20 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series on Tuesday. World Rugby announced the cancellation of the remaining four tournaments of the World Series due to the COVID-19 pandemic and declared New
30/06/2020 - New Zealand Awarded Titles As Rest Of The 2020 HSBC 7's Series Are Cancelled - Following a comprehensive consultation process, the remaining rounds of the women’s and men’s HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2020 in Langford, London, Paris, Singapore and Hong Kong have been cancelled due to the ongoing and dynamic global nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, bringing the 2020 Series to an
23/06/2020 - Frankie Horn Selected In Best-Ever World Sevens Team - South African Frankie Horne was the only South African included in Karl Tenana’s best-ever world sevens team. World Rugby commentator Karl Tenana was a star of the rugby sevens circuit as a player for many a year before embarking on a successful career in broadcasting. During his time on the pitch, Tenana won the Rugby World Cup Sevens, multiple
09/07/2020 - 7s - Cecil Still Hoping For A Gold At The Olympics - Unless called upon, South Africa’s highest points’ scorer will not don the Blitzbok colours again after a mutual agreement between the player and Springbok Sevens management. Afrika's national contract will run its course at the end of July and with no international matches or tournaments scheduled in that time, it means that the former World
29/04/2020 - Could The Kean Saga Cost Rugby Its Place At The Olympics? - Rugby is in danger of losing its place at the Olympic Games amid accusations of unethical governance in the sport's unions. Claims of homophobia and discrimination against Francis Kean, chairman of the Fiji Rugby Union was made earlier this month. Kean was Fiji’s representative nominated to
24/03/2020 - 7s - SA Rugby Reacts To Postponement Of Olympic Games - SA Rugby CEO Jurie Roux said that the postponement of the 2020 Olympic Games, due to be held in Tokyo later this year, was disappointing news, but that the steps taken were necessary to assist in countering the COVID-19 pandemic. The International Olympic Committee and Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee announced on Tuesday
09/03/2020 - 7s - Blitzboks Stay In World Series Hunt - The Springbok Sevens team will return to South Africa on Wednesday with 37 out of a possible 44 log points gained on the North American leg of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, which includes a first HSBC LA Sevens crown, and a consolidated second place on the series standings. However, defeats to New Zealand (27-15) in the
09/03/2020 - 7s - Canada Beat Blitzboks For Bronze - The Blitzboks failed to defend their HSBC Canada title and ended fourth after a disappointing finals day in Vancouver, Canada. The Blitzboks came up against a confident host Canada in the third-place playoffs after they lost to the New Zealand 27-15 in the semifinal. The halftime score was 14-14 but Canada scored two quick tries in the
09/03/2020 - 7s - New Zealand Bully South Africa in Semifinal - The Blitzbokke scored first in their semifinal against New Zealand in Canada to lead 5-0. However, a very physical New Zealand immediately came back to score three tries of their own to lead 15-5 at halftime. Two tries by New Zealand gave them a 27-5 lead with the miracle boys only able to add two consolations tries to lose 15-27.
08/03/2020 - 7s - Blitzboks Advance To Semifinal In Canada - The Blitzboks came back after the USA scored two early tries in the first half to lead 14-10 at half time. The second half was the Angelo Davids show as he scored two tries to give the Blitzboks an all-important 26-10 win. The win against the USA will see the Blitzbokke in a repeat of the Los Angeles semi's, and face old foes New
08/03/2020 - 7s - Blitzboks On Track for Vancouver Title Defence - Daylight savings time kicks in in Canada on Sunday, but the resetting of clocks in Vancouver wasn’t nearly as dramatic as the way in which the Springbok Sevens team picked up the pace after a slow start to ease in the top eight of the HSBC Canada Sevens earlier this morning (SA time). The Blitzboks will yet again face the USA in the quarter-finals on
08/03/2020 - 7s - Blitzboks Win Pool A - The Blitzboks completely dominated England with a 38-0 after leading 19-0 at half time. Muller du Plessis scored a hat trick to add to his two tries in the first two games in Canada. South Africa ended at the top of Pool A after wins against Japan (12-0) and Argentina (17-5) before the win against England. The Blitzboks now advance to the quarter-finals and will face the USA at
08/03/2020 - 7s - Blitzbokke Qualify For Quarter-Final Against Argentina - The Blitzbokke secured a place in the quarter-finals after a win over Argentina with 17-5 in their second Pool A game. At half time Argentina was still in contact with the Blitzbokke, who lead 7-5. Two unconverted tries in the second half by the Blitzbokke gave them an easy 17-5 win. Their last match on day win is against an also unbeaten England team
07/03/2020 - 7s - Blitzbokke Seal Win In First Half - The Blitzbokke started the Vancouver leg of the HSBC series with a solid win. Two tries within 2 minutes at the end of the first half gave the Blitzbokke a 12-0 lead at half time that was also the final score. The second half was scoreless and not convincing. The Blitzbokke will play the second game of Pool A at 23:18 South African time against Argentina who lost 0-31
06/03/2020 - 7s -Blitzboks Need To Embrace Opportunities In Vancouver – Afrika - It’s hard to argue with the mark made on the world sevens stage by Blitzbok Cecil Afrika, who has pretty much achieved all there is in his stellar career on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series.But the fire and drive to finish at the top – on his own terms – is still burning as bright as 11 years ago when the 32-year-old, who celebrated his birthday on 3
05/03/2020 - 7s - JC Pretorius To Be Rested At HSBC Canada Series - Springbok Sevens coach Neil Powell swopped the roles of Mfundo Ndhlovu and JC Pretorius for this weekend's HSBC Canada Sevens, with Ndhlovu promoted to a first appearance in the 2020 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, while Pretorius arrive at BC Place in Vancouver as the official reserve player. Pretorius
04/03/2020 - 7s - Strength In Depth For Blitzbok Squad – Werner Kok - He has been there, done that and then some – yet, for Werner Kok, the Blitzboks’ come-from-behind win against Fiji in the final of last weekend's HSBC LA Sevens was still an unbelievable achievement and something he ascribes to the great depth in the Springbok Sevens set-up. Kok played in his 50th HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series tournament in California
03/03/2020 - 7s - All In A Day's Work, But What A Special Day - Du Preez - He has been there, done that and then some – yet, for Werner Kok, the Blitzboks’ come-from-behind win against Fiji in the final of last weekend's HSBC LA Sevens was still an unbelievable achievement and something he ascribes to the great depth in the Springbok Sevens set-up. Kok played in his 50th HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series tournament
02/03/2020 - 7s - Blitzboks Tear Up The Script - The Springbok Sevens team claimed a dramatic 29-24 win over Fiji in the final of the HSBC LA Sevens in Los Angeles early Monday morning (SA time) for their second tournament victory in the 2019/20 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series.
The sudden death victory in the final – in which they trailed 19-0 after five minutes – came in extra time after the Blitzboks scored a converted try
02/03/2020 - 7s - Blitzbokke The Official Come-back Kids - The Blitzboks did the unthinkable and came back to win the HSBC's Los Angeles title in extra time with 29-24, after trailing 19-7 at halftime. The first half the Blitzboks made every possible mistake they could but came back in the second half and score four tries to the one of Fiji. Two of the tries was scored with only one and a half minute left of normal play.
02/03/2020 - 7s - Dominant Blitzboks Reach Finals In Los Angeles - The Blitzboks qualified for the finals of the HSBC Los Angeles after a dominant performance against log leaders New Zealand. The Blitzboks scored three unanswered tries, two in the first half, to win 17-0 after leading 10-0 at half time. This win could see the Blitzboks regain the number 1 spot on the league table if they win the final and New Zealand lose
01/03/2020 - 7s - Blitzbokke Come From Behind To Reach Semi's - The Blitzboks powered their way into a semi-final at the HSBC Los Angeles after they have beaten the USA 12-10 in the quarter-final. The USA lead 10-0 after two early tries by Carlin Isles. Ryan Oosthuizen's try just before half time narrowed the gap to 10-5 with the USA in the lead. JC Pretorius scored the winning try late in the second half to win 12-10. The
01/03/2020 - 7s - Blitzboks Into Quarter Final After A Comeback Draw Against Ireland - South Africa drew in their last Pool B game against Ireland in Los Angeles with 19-19. In a thrilling game, South Africa trailed 7-21 before they scored the equaliser with only a minute to go. South Africa ended first in Pool B with victories over Canada and Kenya and a 19-19 draw with Ireland in the last game of the pool, which meant the
01/03/2020 - 7s - Blitzbokke Win Second Match In Los Angeles - The Blitzbokke followed up their win over Kenya with yet another splendid performance against Canada. They score five tries in the match with Muller Uys who scored two tries within 2 minutes. The Blitzbokke lead 14-5 at half time and after three unanswered tries in the second half won 33-5. The Blitzbokke play Ireland in their last Pool B tomorrow morning 05:05
29/02/2020 - 7s - Blitzbokke Open Los Angeles 7s With Dominant Performance - Blitzbok Werner Kok celebrated his 50th HSBC Tournament with a brilliant try and a yellow card in the Blitzbokke dominant performance against Kenya to win 31-5. The Blitzbokke scored two tries in the first half and added three tries in the second half and lead 12-5 at half time. The Blitzboks' next opponent is 00:53 South African time against Canada who
29/02/2020 - 7s - Dry Replaces Injured Visser At HSBC Los Angeles Sevens - An ankle injury to Springbok Sevens forward Impi Visser has ruled him out of the HSBC Los Angeles Sevens at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson this weekend and he will be replaced by the experienced Chris Dry. Visser sustained the injury on Thursday and Dry was called into the squad earlier on Friday. Dry, who is the most
27/07/2020 - 7s - Werner Kok Hopes For A Final Hurrah At The Olympics - Kok will take the field in his 50th HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series tournament and his achievement follows hot on the heels of Justin Geduld, who joined Branco du Preez, Chris Dry, Cecil Afrika, Frankie Horne, Kyle Brown and Philip Snyman in Club 50 in Sydney at the beginning of the month. For the popular Nelspruit native, it will be a special feeling
27/02/2020 - 7s - Substance Before Style For The Blitzboks’ Engine Room - The Blitzboks are many things to many people – some love the comfortable integration by the team and others laud their high performance ability which sees them consistently rank in the top two sevens teams of the world. Generally, the Springbok Sevens are liked for being a true example of the potential of South Africans working together
25/02/2020 - 7s - Young Blitzboks Know All About Patience And Determination - Branco du Preez will play in his 74th HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series tournament, Cecil Afrika his 63rd and Werner Kok his 50th, so it is fair to say that the Blitzboks will rock up at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, Los Angeles with some serious experience for the HSBC LA Sevens on Saturday and Sunday.
25/02/2020 - 7s - "Fresh" Blitzboks Banking On Momentum In Los Angeles - A new route to the USA, a change in format and a new venue for the fifth tournament of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series mean an extra day of preparation for the Springbok Sevens team as they gear up for the HSBC LA Sevens at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, Los Angeles. The team travelled from Cape Town to Los Angeles via Newark,
19/03/2020 - 7s - Werner Kok To Play His 50th HSBC 7s Tournament - Werner Kok will play in his 50th HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series tournament for the Springbok Sevens team next weekend in Los Angeles. Kok will follow in the footsteps of Branco du Preez, Chris Dry, Kyle Brown, Frankie Horne, Cecil Afrika, Philip Snyman and Justin Geduld when he takes the field in his 250th match for his country.
19/02/2020 - 7s - Blitzbokke Change Three for Los Angeles - Blitzbok coach Neil Powell made three changes to the side that lost in the final of the HSBC Sydney Sevens earlier this month, Ryan Oosthuizen, Kurt-Lee Arendse and Mfundo Ndhlovu will return to action in the green and gold with Justin Geduld, Chris Dry and Zain Davids being rested after featuring in all four tournaments of the series in Dubai, Cape Town,
14/02/2020 - 7s - Hong Kong And Singapore Sevens Postponed - World Rugby, the Hong Kong Rugby Union and Sport Singapore have taken the decision to reschedule the Hong Kong and Singapore rounds of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2020 in response to continued health concerns relating to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The health and safety of our players, fans and
02/02/2020 - 7s - Horrible Mistakes Cost The Blitzbokke In Sydney Final - The final was played in horrible wet conditions but that did not excuse the horrible handling and defensive errors that cost South Africa the title in Sydney. Fiji the winners with 12-10 giving them just reward for handling the weather better than South Africa.
02/02/2020 - 7s - Blitzbokke Through To The Sydney Finals - The Blitzbokke has qualified to play in the Cup Final for the 2020 HSBC 7s' series Sydney's leg after defeating the USA 19-12. A try by Stedman Gans in the 11th minute gave the Blitzbokke the win after the teams were all even on 12-12 at the break. The Blitzbokke will play the winner of the second