BlitzBoks found Kok's replacement

Tue, 06 Mar 2018 08:15
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INJURY UPDATE: The Springbok Sevens head coach Neil Powell has turned to Marco Labuschagne to replace Werner Kok for the Canada Sevens at Vancouver on March 10 and 11.

Kok suffered a concussion in the BlitzBoks opening match in Las Vegas on Friday, was ruled out of action for the rest of the weekend, and is returning home on Monday.

Labuschagne, who went to Voortrekker High School in Bethlehem and make his BlitzBoks debut at the London Sevens in 2017, departed for Canada at the same time.

The 20-year-old SA Rugby Sevens Academy player, who holds a dual contract with Western Province and represented their Under-19 team last year, joined the BlitzBoks in the last tournament of the 2016/17 season, where he replaced Philip Snyman for the last two matches of that event.

"This is a wonderful opportunity for me and I hope to make the most of it, should I get a chance to play," Labuschagne said shortly before his departure to Canada.

"I had a taste of what it meant to be a Blitzbok in London and have since been working hard at the Academy to make sure I am ready when called upon again. When that call came today, I was very, very happy.

"I hope to bring energy to the squad when I arrive. There is no reason why the team cannot do well in Canada,"

The South Africans top the log after five tournaments in the World Rugby Sevens Series and will play in Pool D in Vancouver where they face Russia, Scotland and New Zealand.

There are currently no matches being played
Fri, 25 May 2018
Crusaders v Hurricanes 07h35 Christchurch
Rebels v Sunwolves 09h45 Melbourne
Jaguares v Sharks 19h40 Estadio Jose Amalfitani
Sat, 26 May 2018
Chiefs v Waratahs 07h35 Hamilton
Bulls v Brumbies 13h05 Loftus Versfeld
Exeter Chiefs v Saracens 14h00 London
Stormers v Lions 15h15 Newlands
Leinster v Scarlets 17h00 Dublin
Pool 0
Team P W D L Pts
Spain Sevens 0 0 0 0 20
Papua New Guinea 0 1 0 0 1
Uruguay 0 0 0 0 0
Pool 00
Team P W D L Pts
Japan Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Pool 19
Team P W D L Pts
England Sevens 0 0 0 0 19
Pool 20
Team P W D L Pts
Uganda Sevens 0 0 0 0 2
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
Pool C
Team P W D L Pts
United States Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Argentina 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
Russia Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Team P W D L Pts
Wales Sevens
South Korea