The Blitzboks will play their three Pool A games at the Dubai Sevens on Friday, 2 December.
The Springbok Sevens team will play Great Britain at 9:34am, followed by an all-African clash against Kenya at 1:20pm and then a massive showdown against defending champions Australia at 6:33pm on Friday.
All the kick off times are South African time.
The Blitzboks are the reigning Dubai Sevens champions and have won the tournament nine times overall. They are now targeting a record 10th time. The Springbok Sevens team have a new coach in Sandile Ngcobo and two uncapped players — Masande Mtshal and Ricardo Duarttee — in the squad for this weekend’s tournament.
SQUAD FOR DUBAI SEVENS:
Ryan Oosthuizen – 33 tournaments, 165 points (33 tries)
Impi Visser – 22 tournaments, 125 points (25 tries)
Zain Davids – 33 tournaments, 160 points (32 tries)
James Murphy – 10 tournaments, 45 points (9 tries)
JC Pretorius – 21 tournaments, 225 points (45 tries)
Masande Mtshali – uncapped
Siviwe Soyizwapi (Blitzboks captain) – 41 tournaments, 680 points (136 tries)
Branco du Preez – 83 tournaments, 1434 points (100 tries, 464 conversions, 1 penalty goal, 1 drop goal)
Dewald Human – 19 tournaments, 213 points (17 tries, 64 conversions)
Shilton van Wyk – 5 tournaments, 35 points (7 tries)
Dalvon Blood – 1 tournament, 20 points (4 tries)
Muller du Plessis – 20 tournaments, 315 points (63 tries)
Ricardo Duarttee – uncapped
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Statistical summary ahead of Dubai Sevens:
The Blitzboks are the defending champions and won the last three tournaments played at The Sevens in Dubai.
Branco du Preez will extend the Blitzbok record for most tournaments by an individual player to 84.
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Blitzboks rookie Masande Mtshali will make his debut at the Dubai Sevens. Image: Blitzboks/SA Rugby.