SA welcome back Dry, Geduld

Date published: January 27 2015

Chris Dry and Justin Geduld have returned to the Springbok Sevens squad and will travel for the next two legs in New Zealand and the United States of America.

The Wellington Sevens takes place on 6 and 7 February and will be followed by the Las Vegas Sevens a week later, from 13 to 15 February.

South Africa will enter the Las Vegas tournament as the defending champions, and this followed on a successful 2013 season in the USA, meaning they will be hunting their third back-to-back title in four years at the Sam Boyd Stadium in Nevada.

The team head Pool A in Wellington where they will line up against the USA, France and Japan in the group stage.

Dry missed out on selection for the Blitzboks for the Dubai and Port Elizabeth legs but reclaimed his place after a strong performance for the SA Sevens Academy team in Dubai and impressive showings during the series of gruelling training sessions in Stellenbosch in the last few weeks.

He replaces Ruhan Nel, while Geduld steps in for Cheslin Kolbe who has returned to the Stormers.

“We have a really competitive squad of 22 players and it was tough to decide who to leave out because everyone has impressed me with their commitment and hard work. There is a healthy competition for places, which brings the best out of the guys during every team activity,” said coach Neil Powell.

He added: “Chris was hurting after missing out on the previous two tournaments and he deserves credit for the way he has bounced back.”

South Africa Sevens squad: Chris Dry, Philip Snyman, Frankie Horne, Kwagga Smith, Werner Kok, Kyle Brown (c), Branco du Preez, Rayno Benjamin, Warrick Gelant, Cecil Afrika, Seabelo Senatla, Justin Geduld.