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Powell: We’ve Lost Our Experienced Players

Blitzboks playmaker Cecil Afrika is likely to be out for some time. Afrika was subsequently withdrawn from the Springbok Sevens squad named for this weekend’s Wellington tournament and the Sydney
24 Jan 2017 11:00
Powell: We’ve Lost Our Experienced Players
Neil Powell.

Blitzboks playmaker Cecil Afrika is likely to be out for some time. Afrika was subsequently withdrawn from the Springbok Sevens squad named for this weekend’s Wellington tournament and the Sydney 7s the following week.

Coach Neil Powell told Sport24 that his star player would be out of action for an extended period.

“His boot got caught in the grass and he just collapsed in pain. They (the doctors) are still busy trying to determine the damage. But at present it looks like he’ll only be available when we play in Hong Kong and Singapore,” Powell told Netwerk24.

This would see Afrika also miss the tournaments in Las Vegas (March 3-5) and Vancouver (March 11-12). The Hong Kong tournament is scheduled for the weekend of April 7-9 and the Singapore one for April 15-16. The final two events on the World Rugby Sevens Series calendar are in Paris (May 13-14) and London (May 20-21).

Veteran Kyle Brown is also out with a knee injury, which saw two new players in the Blitzboks squad.

Siviwe Soyizwapi and Zain Davids, who will be making his Springbok Sevens debut in Wellington, are the only new faces in the squad that won the opening tournament of the 2016/17 series in Dubai in December last year and were beaten finalists in Cape Town a week later.

“We have lost over 100 tournaments worth of experience with Kyle and Cecil out of action,” Powell said.

The Blitzboks are currently the Series leaders and are pooled with Fiji, Australia and Japan in Wellington.

Edited by Paula Tuvuki

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