Cape Town - The Springbok Sevens team
for the Dubai Sevens, the opening leg of the World Rugby Sevens
Series, will be named next week.
The most experienced player in the team Chris
Dry admits that competition within the squad is huge.
The Blitzboks are looking for a
repeat of their 2016/17 success in the World Series, when they claimed the
overall title, and will return to Dubai as the defending champions.
tournament has proved a happy hunting ground for South Africa in recent years
and Dry indicated that all players are pushing hard to make the final team.
Springbok Sevens coach Neil
Powell has all but the injured Dylan Sage available from his regular squad,
including the likes of Kwagga Smith and Seabelo Senatla, who only played in the
first four tournaments of the last series.
The Blitzboks have also been
boosted by the arrival of Sikhumbuzo Notshe, a regular starter for the Stormers in Super Rugby, who like Dry, is also a forward.
"It has been a great couple of
weeks in camp and the guys have really being putting in the hard work," said
Dry after the team closed out their second last week of preparation before
departing for Dubai next Sunday.
"We were pushing new boundaries
and I think the fact that there is so much competition for slots in the team
contributed to that.
"There are lots of experienced
players in the squad yes, but we are being pushed by some very talented
youngsters, something that is very important in the continued development of
Dry, who was named in the World
Series Dream Team last season, played for the Free State Cheetahs in the
Currie Cup, but has now shifted his focus on making the Blitzboks team to play
"It has been an exciting camp so
far - Dubai is around the corner and the guys are looking to deliver a good
performance again," said Dry.
"Still, there is some work to be
done and we will again put in the hard yards next week, in our final week of
prep before we leave for Dubai."
The 29-year-old, who has played
in 62 tournaments, could achieve some personal milestones in the new series,
including that of becoming the most capped Blitzbok of all time, a record that
is currently held by Frankie Horne, with 68.
Dry is also closing in on 300
matches for the team (298) and 100 tries (91), but those are far from his mind.
"No change of me worrying about
those stats," he said.
"It always was and always will be
team first and when I get to those numbers mentioned, I will get there and
perhaps reflect. For now, it is about making the squad and then the focus will
move on to Dubai and our first pool match."
The Springbok Sevens team will be
announced in Stellenbosch on Friday, November 24.