Branco du Preez will become the most capped Blitzbok player of all time when he runs out at the London Sevens next weekend, surpassing Kyle Brown.
du Preez will become the first player in South African Sevens history to break the 70 tournaments barrier after being named in the squad that will look continue their success from Singapore at Twickenham.
Coach neil Power heaped the praise on the soon to be record holder:
“Branco will be the first to tell you that it is not about accolades, but about contributing to the team, so it is pleasing that he can claim a personal milestone such as this one. He is one of the best examples of what this team stands for and this is just reward for a very humble person.”
In a season that has been all about development, the London stop on the tour will be no different as Siviwe Soyizwapi will continue to captain the side with Philip Snyman named as the 13th player.
There will be five players in the squad with less than 10 tournaments to their names with du Preez, Soyizwapi, Justin Geduld and Werner Kok the only ones with more than 20 outings.
“We had a full squad to select from for a change, with a whole lot of players coming back from injury and available for selection. The fact that the squad won in Singapore was also a factor, as we wanted to reward those players as well,” Powell explained.
“One of our objectives for the year was to expand our depth with younger players, many of whom have now forced their way into the team. It is an exciting squad and with qualification to the 2020 Olympic Games a strong possibility, there is real motivation to finish the season well.”
The Springbok Sevens squad:
- Ryan Oosthuizen (15 tournaments, 72 matches, 80 points, 16 tries)
- Sako Makata (4 tournaments, 16 matches, 5 points, one try)
- Impi Visser (8 tournaments, 45 matches, 50 points, 10 tries)
- Kurt-Lee Arendse (3 tournaments, 12 matches, 25 points, 5 tries)
- Werner Kok (45 tournaments, 229 matches, 510 points, 102 tries)
- JC Pretorius (3 tournaments, 16 matches, 40 points, 8 tries)
- Branco du Preez (69 tournaments, 350 matches, 1253 points, 91 tries, 396 conversions, 1 penalty, 1 drop goal)
- Selvyn Davids (13 tournaments, 64 matches, 272 points, 29 tries, 62 conversions, 1 penalty)
- Justin Geduld (44 tournaments, 228 matches, 929 points, 99 tries, 214 conversions, 1 penalty)
- Stedman Gans (17 tournaments, 80 matches, 120 points, 24 tries)
- Siviwe Soyizwapi (captain; 26 tournaments, 134 matches, 415 points, 83 tries)
- Muller du Plessis (8 tournaments, 33 matches, 105 points, 21 tries)
- Philip Snyman (60 tournaments, 272 matches, 366 points, 67 tries, 14 conversions, 1 penalty)