Late injury setback for BlitzBoks
INJURY UPDATE: The BlitzBoks suffered a late injury setback when Stedman Gans broke his hand in training and had to be replaced in the matchday squad for the Paris Sevens.
Ironically, Gans travelled from South Africa as the reserve player and replaced Cecil Afrika on Day Two of the London Sevens. This replacement was made official for the Paris event, with Mfundo Ndhlovu joining the BlitzBoks as 13th player.
With Gans ruled out, Ndhlovu will be part of the 12-man squad. Rhyno Smith, who made his sole appearance for the BlitzBoks in Hong Kong this year, will join the squad as the official reserve.
“Rhyno has been with us the last six months and has developed very nicely and will fit in well if he is called upon,” said head coach Neil Powell.
“Sadly, Stedman is missing out as he did well in London. Mfundo is one of the most exciting players in the squad and he will also be keen to grab this opportunity.”
The Springbok Sevens squad for the Paris Sevens: Ryan Oosthuizen, Philip Snyman (captain), Dylan Sage, Zain Davids, Werner Kok, Heino Bezuidenhout, Dewald Human, Siviwe Soyizwapi, Justin Geduld, Mfundo Ndhlovu, Seabelo Senatla, Ruhan Nel, Rhyno Smith.