Snyman: Blitzboks playing for 50 million South Africans
Blitzboks skipper Philip Snyman attended the official captains’ photo on Robben Island wearing the commemorative match jersey, which they will play in this weekend.
CAPE TOWN - The Blitzboks hope to feed off the energy from the expected full house at the Cape Town Stadium when the second of 10 World Rugby Sevens Series tournaments kicks off in Cape Town on Saturday.
Blitzboks skipper, Philip Snyman, attended the official captains’ photo on Robben Island on Tuesday wearing the commemorative match jersey which they will play in this weekend.
“ Emotional and inspirational” Blitzbok captain @snymanphilip on the visit to @Robbenislandza for the @CapeTown7s photo. Snyman was wearing the special jersey which is a tribute to the late Presdent Nelson Mandela .@ASICSRugby @CastleFreeSA @FNBSA pic.twitter.com/BtTopkJSnM— Springbok Sevens (@Blitzboks) December 5, 2018
The special motif jersey serves as a tribute to late President Nelson Mandela's 100th birthday celebrations. Snyman said that would boost their motivation on the field.
"It was very emotional standing on Robben Island, wearing this special jersey. We all celebrate the role Madiba played as the Father of the Nation, and this jersey will add to our motivation. Similarly to that which our late Mr Mandela envisaged, the Blitzboks are a team that wants to inspire and give hope to people, and to use our abilities on the field to bring the nation together."
Snyman said that deep desire, combined with the need to improve on their efforts in Dubai last week, will drive them at the HSBC Cape Town Sevens.
"We want to play to our potential for ourselves and for everyone out there. That is a given.”
The expected sell-out crowd will also boost their energy levels, said the captain.
"We will be playing in front of 50 odd thousand people each day in the only weekend we get to play in our own country. That is massive for us. More importantly though, is that we will also be playing with the support of 50 million people, and we are hoping to make all of them proud."
Snyman was confident that they would be able to make the necessary tweaks to improve on their sixth-place finish in Dubai.
The Blitzboks will meet Zimbabwe, Samoa and New Zealand in Pool A on the opening day.
WATCH: Blitzboks to right Dubai wrongs at Cape Town 7's
(Edited by Thapelo Lekabe)