Cape Town - Springbok Sevens regular Justin Geduld will replace injured
fellow playmaker Cecil Afrika for the final leg of the HSBC Sevens World Series
2014/15 in London.
Geduld, who just missed out on the original selection for
the three week trip to Glasgow and London due to injury, has recovered and will
take over from Afrika, who picked up an injury on the first day of the Scotland
Sevens, held at Scotstoun Stadium, Glasgow.
The Springbok Sevens team also had Philip Snyman injured
during their captain's run in Glasgow on Friday, with Carel du Preez, who
replaced him on short notice, staying on for the final event of the nine
The Blitzboks are currently in second place on the overall
series log, five points adrift of Fiji and will need to win the London Sevens
and hope the island side finish outside the top three if they want to claim the
The South Africans will contest Pool D, facing France,
Portugal and the USA.
Springbok Sevens coach Neil Powell confirmed that Geduld
passed a stringent fitness test in South Africa before departure.
"Scans revealed that Cecil will not be ready for this
weekend, but we are very lucky to have Justin available again,” said Powell.
“Cecil is a world-class player and we all know that, but so
is Justin. He is also a playmaker just like Cecil and we could not have asked
for a better replacement. Justin has proved himself in the past and did not
make the Dream Team at the end of last year's series for nothing.”
Powell said his side will fight till the last second of the
2014/15 season in order to try and win the overall series.
"We are disappointed as we did not play our best rugby
in Scotland. But we must get back up and play with the right mindset in every
game. Sevens are a funny sport and lots of things can still happen. We need to
make sure every effort is our best one this weekend, so that we cannot blame
ourselves for a lack of effort at the end of it,” said the Springbok Sevens coach.