The Blitzboks received a shot in the arm with stalwart and captain Philip Snyman given the all clear to feature in next week’s Las Vegas tournament in the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series.
This will be a major boost in South Africa’s preparations ahead of the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia where they will be defending their title.
Snyman missed the previous tournament in Hamilton, New Zealand earlier this month due to a hamstring injury.
Springbok Sevens coach Neil Powell welcomed the return of Snyman, who will strengthen the side after four squad members were released for Super Rugby duty while Justin Geduld (jaw) and Rosko Specman (hamstring) have been ruled out due to injury.
“We were disrupted a bit with injuries during our last trip, but I am pleased that most of the players recovered and responded well in training,” Powell said.
“We are lucky in that we could plan for the absence of the four players who have returned to their Vodacom Super Rugby franchises before the Vegas trip, tapping into our squad depth.”
Powell has roped in outside back Muller du Plessis, who could make his Blitzbok debut in Las Vegas.
Selvyn Davids, Ryan Oosthuizen and Siviwe Soyizwapi have all been called up to play in Nevada,
South Africa will rely heavily on the four players — Kyle Brown, Branco du Preez, Cecil Afrika, and Snyman — who have more than 50 World Rugby Sevens Series tournaments under their belts.
The defending series champions opened their season with a victory at the Dubai leg and they went on to finish third at their home leg in Cape Town.
They have consolidated their lead at the top of the series standings, eight points ahead of New Zealand after they reached the finals in Sydney and New Zealand earlier this month.
The Blitzboks face Wales, Canada and England in Pool B in Las Vegas. They depart for the USA on Saturday.