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Blitzboks in Paris 'Group of Death'

Neil Powell says the changes made to his team will help to achieve the goals set for the 7s series.

FILE: Fiji are on 147 points leading the Blitzboks by eight and New Zealand by 12 points. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Springbok Sevens coach Neil Powell has made four changes made to his side for the penultimate leg of the World Series in Paris.

The Blitzboks are still in the running for the overall World Series crown with Powell choosing a squad he feels will suit the conditions in the French capital.

Powell shared the reason behind selection, "We selected a team we thought best for the system going into the last two rounds."

He went on to say the squad could change heading into the final leg, "We are looking to possibly rotate the team after Paris for the London event, but for now we only look at next week. I am happy with the team we selected for the Paris leg."

Powell's men will have to be at their best as they find themselves in a tough group, "We have a strong pool in Paris playing England, Australia and Brazil and that is good for us, as this is something we will probably encounter in Rio in a couple of months.

"We will try to keep our focus on our structures and processes and not the results as such. If we stick to what we do well, the results will come," Powell said.

The second placed Blitzboks are locked in a battle with Fiji and New Zealand for the overall World Series crown with only two legs remaining.

Fiji are on 147 points leading the Blitzboks by eight and New Zealand by 12 points.

Philip Snyman who will take over the captaincy from regular skipper Kyle Brown says, "Taking the role of captaincy for Kyle is a nice challenge. We work well together so I am looking forward to the added responsibility. We have to focus on Paris for now. Game one against England is the big focus. We know what we do best and will back our structures and that, I believe, will bring results."

Powell also touched on selection for the Rio Olympics later this year, "Everybody has still got an opportunity to make the Olympics, there are no definite spots yet and we looking to give everybody an opportunity to put their hands up."

The Springbok Sevens team (with number of tournament caps):

  1. Ryan Kankowski (6)

  1. Philip Snyman (35, captain)

  1. Tim Agaba (5)

  1. Kwagga Smith (23)

  1. Francois Hougaard (4)

  1. Kyle Brown (54)

  1. Dylan Sage (5)

  1. Rosko Specman (11)

  1. Justin Geduld (25)

  1. Cecil Afrika (42)

  1. Seabelo Senatla (29)

  1. Ruhan Nel (10)

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