Werner Kok To Play His 50th HSBC 7s Tournament

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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.

The inclusion of Branco Du Preez means that he will extend the SA record for tournament appearances in the World Series to 74. Cecil Afrika will also extend his career point’s record for the Blitzboks (1445 points).

The Blitzboks, currently second on the overall log, have been drawn in the same pool as Kenya, Canada and Ireland at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, Los Angeles.

The South Africans will face Ireland and Canada for the first time in the current series but will find familiar foes in Kenya, with their match against fellow Africans their fourth of the season. The East Africans outplayed the Blitzboks in their previous meeting in Hamilton.

The Springbok Sevens squad :

1. Angelo Davids, 2. Ryan Oosthuizen, 3. Impi Visser, 4. Sako Makata, 5. Werner Kok, 6. JC Pretorius, 7. Branco du Preez, 8. Selvyn Davids, 9. Kurt-Lee Arendse, 10. Cecil Afrika, 11. Muller du Plessis, 12. Stedman Gans, 13. Mfundo Ndhlovu  – official reserve