Richards replaces Afrika

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 14:10
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Versatile back Mark Richards has replaced Cecil Afrika in the South African team for the penultimate round of the IRB Sevens World Series.

Versatile back Mark Richards has replaced Cecil Afrika in the South African team for the penultimate round of the IRB Sevens World Series.

The World Series head to Glasgow, Scotland, next week.

Afrika was not considered for the 12-man BlitzBokke squad because he is still completing his rehabilitation at Stellenbosch,  following the groin strain he suffered in Hong Kong.

Depending on his progress, he might be considered for selection should the need arise to call up a player for the London leg the following week.

Richards last played for the national Sevens team during Round One of the World Series at the Gold Coast in Australia.

There was also good news for the team.

Chris Dry, an ever-present figure in the front row the past few seasons - alongside veteran Frankie Horne and captain Kyle Brown - was cleared to play after initial fears that he might miss the last two tournaments because of a lower back injury.

Dry was given the go ahead to play after he was examined by no less than three specialists and completing his functionality tests without discomfort.

Neil Powell, the Springbok Sevens coach, was happy with the preparation of his squad and especially the availability of Dry.

"Chris is a quality player and has shown great form for this season, so it's a welcome bonus for us that he is available to play," said Powell.

The coach added: "Mark really put up his hand during our training camp of the past two weeks and deserves his chance. He has experience of playing at this level and is eager to grab his chance."

South Africa suffered their first Cup quarterfinal exit of the season in Hong Kong against Australia.

Injury robbed the team of several players on the last day of that tournament, but they still displayed great character and a huge fighting spirit to win the Plate Final against Wales.

Prior to their Hong Kong Cup exit, the Springbok Sevens were in excellent form and appeared in five consecutive Cup Finals. They are currently seven points behind log leaders New Zealand.

Skipper Brown (blow to the head) and Philip Snyman (sore neck) were included after shaking off their respective niggles.

South Africa play Portugal, Samoa and New Zealand in the pool stages.

They travel to Glasgow on Monday.

South Africa: Chris Dry, Philip Snyman, Frankie Horne, Jamba Ulengo, Werner Kok, Kyle Brown (captain), Branco du Preez, Stephan Dippenaar, Justin Geduld, Mark Richards, Albertus Smith, Seabelo Senatla.

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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
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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