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Wed, 24 Jul 2013 16:00
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The SA Sevens team will aim to end their busy season on a successful note when they participate in the 2013 World Games.

The South African Sevens team will aim to end their busy season on a successful note when they travel to Cali, Colombia, on Thursday to participate in the 2013 World Games.

The BlitzBokke will form part of Team SA who overall will do battle in nine different sporting codes.

The Games start on July 25 and ends on August 4 and it is the first time that the World Games will be staged in South America.

Over 4 000 athletes from 120 countries will participate stretching across more than 24 sporting venues in the Colombian city.

The team will be coached by former SA Sevens stalwarts Vuyo Zangqa and Neil Powell.

South Africa claimed a bronze medal at the previous World Games four years ago in Taiwan, and only two survivors remained from the 2009 Games, namely captain Kyle Brown and Philip Snyman.

Snyman, however, has failed to recover from an elbow injury picked up at the World Cup Sevens in Moscow, and has been replaced by Bernardo Botha.

Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, France, Hong Kong and Uruguay are the other teams in action, and coach Zangqa is taking none of them lightly.

"There will be no dropping of our standards - there's a job to be done and we want to bring back gold for South Africa," Zangqa said.

"We all know that this is an important step in the build-up to the Commonwealth Games next year and then the 2016 Olympics."

According to Zangqa, the team features a mixture of experienced players and exciting youngsters who are eager to make their mark.

"Werner Kok is a great talent and it will be interesting to see how he goes. Ruwellyn Isbell started off the season but then got injured, while Mark Richards has also recently returned to full fitness after a lengthy injury lay-off.

"Both will be looking at getting game time and cementing their places," Zangqa said.

South Africa's schedule in Colombia:
July 31 - Colombia and Hong Kong
August 1 - Canada
August 2 - semifinals and Final

South Africa: Jamba Ulengo, Bernado Botha, Werner Kok, Kyle Brown, Reuben Johannes, Willem Strydom, Stephan Dippenaar, Mark Richards, Seabelo Senatla, Steven Hunt, Ruwellyn  Isbell, Cornal  Hendricks.

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