Blitzbokke call on Afrika

Tue, 26 Mar 2013 10:18
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Springbok Sevens playmaker Cecil Afrika is on his way to Tokyo for this weekend's Sevens World Series tournament in Japan.

Springbok Sevens playmaker Cecil Afrika is on his way to Tokyo for this weekend's Sevens World Series tournament in Japan.

The former IRB Sevens Player of the Year will replace Paul Delport, who suffered a knee injury at the recent Sevens World Series tournament in Hong Kong.

Afrika has not been in action since December 2012, when he aggravated a knee injury at the Nelson Mandela Bay Sevens in Port Elizabeth. His availability is good news for South Africa, who suffered a disappointing Bowl semifinal exit in Hong Kong.

Paul Treu, the Springbok Sevens coach, said the addition of Afrika is a welcome boost for the team.

"We obviously gutted to lose another player because of injury, but that is part of the game," said Treu. "Cecil will bring a lot of confidence with him to the team. He is confident and looking forward to playing again, but we want to phase him with a view to have him fully ready for the Sevens Rugby World Cup."

Afrika is prolific points scorer and a playmaker, one of the real star figures of the World Series and a player who can change the course of a match in his team's favour with a flash of individual brilliance.

"Cecil's alertness and attacking style create a lot of uncertainty for defenders and hopefully that will create some extra opportunities for us," added Treu.

For Tokyo, South Africa was drawn alongside Hong Kong champions, Fiji, Portugal and fast-improving Spain in Pool A.

After six of the nine rounds in the 2012/13 World Series, defending champions New Zealand lead with 113 points from Fiji in second place (88). Samoa moved up to third (84), South Africa are now fourth (78) while Kenya climbed to fifth (72) in the standings.

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FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Fri, 26 August 2016
Golden Lions v Boland 15h00 Johannesburg
Pumas v Griquas 17h10 Kimberley
Sat, 27 August 2016
New Zealand v Australia 07h35 Wellington
EP Kings v Western Province 14h00 Port Elizabeth
Sharks v Blue Bulls 16h10 Durban
Argentina v South Africa 19h40 Salta
RESULT SCORE
Sat, 20 August 2016
South Africa v Argentina 30 | 23
Golden Lions v Griquas 24 | 30
Australia v New Zealand 8 | 42
Fri, 19 August 2016
Blue Bulls v EP Kings 49 | 35
Western Province v Free State Cheetahs 25 | 32
Boland v Sharks 20 | 41
Sat, 13 August 2016
Free State Cheetahs v Blue Bulls 43 | 20
Golden Lions v Pumas 68 | 26
Fri, 12 August 2016
Sharks v Griquas 46 | 24
EP Kings v Boland 10 | 28
Sat, 06 August 2016
Boland v Free State Cheetahs 16 | 44
Hurricanes v Lions 20 | 3
Fri, 05 August 2016
Pumas v Sharks 10 | 33
Blue Bulls v Western Province 45 | 26
Sat, 30 July 2016
Lions v Highlanders 42 | 30
SEVENS
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Pool 00
Team P W D L Pts
Brazil 7s 0 0 0 0 1
Korea Sevens 0 0 0 0 10
Pool 19
Team P W D L Pts
England Sevens 0 0 0 0 19
Pool A
Team P W D L Pts
Fiji Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Samoa Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Scotland Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Canada Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Pool B
Team P W D L Pts
New Zealand Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Australia Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
France Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Japan Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Pool C
Team P W D L Pts
Argentina Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
United States Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Russia Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Pool D
Team P W D L Pts
South Africa Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Kenya Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Portugal Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Pool
Team P W D L Pts
Wales Sevens
Zimbabwe 7s