Cape Town - The Springbok Sevens side on
Monday called up wing Rosko Specman in place of the injured Justin Geduld for
the next leg of the Sevens World Series in Las Vegas.
The three-day USA rugby event kicks off
this coming Friday and the Blitzbokke are the defending champions.
Geduld suffered a hamstring injury over the
weekend at the Wellington Sevens, where South Africa claimed third spot after a
strong finish in their playoff match against Scotland. Specman (Pumas) has one
World Series tournament under his belt.
South Africa head the log with 76 points
halfway through the nine-tournament World Series and are seven points clear of
New Zealand, who moved into second place. The top four sides on the final
standings in May will gain automatic entry into the Rio Olympic Games in 2016.
Reflecting on their showing in New Zealand,
Powell said he and his management team will work hard on the team’s mental
preparation during the next few days.
“We were not as sharp and probably not as
mentally focussed as we would have liked to be on the first day in Wellington.
We did much better on the Saturday and I am glad we finished the tournament
with a good win against Scotland in the playoffs (for third place).
“The guys have to work hard in the next few
days to build on the momentum we gained against Scotland,” said Powell.
South Africa will face hosts USA, Portugal
and Japan in the pool stages of the Las Vegas tournament.