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Powell picks most experienced Blitzbok squad ever for Dubai season opener

South African 7’s coach Neil Powell has picked the most experienced Blitzbok squad ever to do duty at the opening tournament of the new HSBC World Sevens Series in Dubai, starting from 1 December.

File: South Africa's Kyle Brown (L) runs in a try against Canada at the 2015 Tokyo Rugby Sevens. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG- The Blitzbok 7's squad is the most experienced squad assembled ahead of the opening HSBC World Sevens Series tournament in Dubai.

The squad sees the return of former captain Kyle Brown and Justin Geduld who have had lengthy injury lay-offs. Seabelo Senatla and Kwagga Smith are also back after missing six tournaments last season due to Super Rugby commitments with the Stormers and Lions respectively.

The average number of tournaments per player in the squad is 37, which is the most for any Blitzbok squad ever assembled for the World Series Tournament.

Philip Snyman retains the Captains armband for the series again.

Powell says that they are fortunate to have an experienced squad at their disposal.

“Despite blooding a handful of new guys last year, we still have the benefit of a really solid squad. We were blessed with the lack of injuries, especially as a few the players had a stint in fifteens as well.”

The Blitzbok 7’s squad for Dubai is as follows:

  1. Chris Dry (62 tournaments, 298 matches, 455 points, 91 tries)

  2. Philip Snyman (captain, 47 tournaments, 207 matches, 296 points, 53 tries)

  3. Tim Agaba (10 tournaments, 49 matches, 30 points, six tries)

  4. Kwagga Smith (28 tournaments, 135 matches, 275 points, 55 tries)

  5. Werner Kok (29 tournaments, 142 matches, 350 points, 70 tries)

  6. Kyle Brown (58 tournaments, 285 matches, 395 points, 79 tries)

  7. Branco du Preez (55 tournaments, 275 matches, 1049 points, 77 tries)

  8. Rosko Specman (21 tournaments, 111 matches, 273 points, 49 tries)

  9. Justin Geduld (30 tournaments, 152 matches, 677 points, 75 tries)

  10. Cecil Afrika (53 tournaments, 273 matches, 1297 points)

  11. Seabelo Senatla (33 tournaments, 167 matches, 945 points, 189 tries)

  12. Ruhan Nel (21 tournaments, 104 matches, 182 points, 36 tries)

  13. Marco Labuschagne* (1 tournament, 2 matches, 0 points)

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