Cape Town - The Blitzboks are seeded second for the Olympic Sevens rugby competition, set to run from August 6-11 in Rio de Janiero.
They will contend Group B at the tournament, which consists of 12 teams across three pools.
Each team plays the three other nations in their pool over the first
three match sessions with three points for a win, two for a draw and one
for a loss.
The best eight teams will then proceed to the first round of knock-out matches, the quarter finals.
Those will be the three teams who top their pool, along with the
three teams placed second in each pool and also the two best
third-placed teams, based on competition points and then points
The draw for the quarter-finals will then be determined as follows:
QF 1 - Winner Pool A v 2nd best 3rd place
QF 2 - Winner Pool B v best 3rd place
QF 3 - Winner Pool C v Runner Up Pool A
QF 4 - Runner Up Pool B v Runner Up Pool C
The draw for the semi-finals will be determined as follows:
SF 1 - Winner QF1 v Winner QF4
SF 2 - Winner QF2 v Winner QF3
Rio Olympics Sevens seedings:
2. South Africa
3. New Zealand
4. Great Britain
Rio Olympics Sevens pools:
Pool A - Fiji, USA, Argentina, Brazil
Pool B - South Africa, Australia, France, Spain
Pool C - New Zealand, Great Britain, Kenya, Japan
It is the first time in 92 years that rugby will form part of the Olympics.
The current gold medal holders are the United States.