News24.com | Veteran Cecil Afrika recalled as Blitzboks name Rugby World Cup Sevens squad

News24.com | Veteran Cecil Afrika recalled as Blitzboks name Rugby World Cup Sevens squad

Cecil Afrika (Gallo Images)

Cecil Afrika (Gallo Images)

Veteran Cecil Afrika has been recalled as Blitzboks coach Neil Powell named his squad for next weekend’s Rugby World Cup Sevens at Cape Town Stadium.

The Springbok Sevens squad boasts three bronze medal survivors from the 2018 event, namely skipper Siviwe Soyizwapi, Selvyn Davids and Ryan Oosthuizen.

Powell named a 14-man squad at the official announcement in Stellenbosch on Friday, and will confirm his final squad of 12 next Wednesday before the 48-hour deadline.

The Blitzboks have a familiar look to their squad, with 10 players who were in action at the victorious Commonwealth Games in England included. Only Dewald Human and Zain Davids are absent due to injury.

The duo, who also played in the 2018 tournament, picked up injuries at last weekend’s LA Sevens where the Blitzboks concluded their 2021/22 season second on the overall standings.

Afrika – the all-time leading Blitzbok scorer in the World Series with 1 462 points – was recalled due to Human’s injury. The experienced playmaker last featured for South Africa in the World Series in 2020, but has played for Monaco in the professional Extenso Super Sevens league in France in recent months.

Afrika, 34, missed the 2018 World Cup due to injury but played in the 2013 event in Moscow. 

“We had been in regular contact since Cecil left Springbok Sevens to first play professional r

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