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South Africa national rugby sevens team

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Nickname(s)  Blitzboks, Blitzbokke
Top scorer  Cecil Afrika (1123)
Appearances  6 (First in 1993)
Captain  Philippus Snyman
Location  South Africa
Emblem  Springbok
Top try scorer  Seabelo Senatla (180)
Best result  Runners-up (1997)
Head coach  Neil Powell
Union  South African Rugby Union
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The South African national rugby sevens team competes in the World Rugby Sevens Series, the Rugby World Cup Sevens, the Summer Olympic Games and the Commonwealth Games.



After readmission to international sport, the team played their first sevens series in the 1993 Hong Kong Sevens and also participated in the 1993 Rugby World Cup Sevens. They also played in the Hong Kong Sevens for the next two seasons. In 1996, they also took part in the Punta Del Este Sevens in Uruguay and the Dubai Sevens.

They participated in the 1997 Rugby World Cup Sevens the following year and in 1998, they played three South American tournaments – the Mar Del Plata Sevens in Argentina, the Punta Del Este Sevens and the Viña del Mar Sevens in Chile.

1999 saw them participate in the Mar Del Plata Sevens, the Santiago Sevens in Chile, the Fiji Sevens, the Hong Kong Sevens, the Japan Sevens and the Paris Sevens.

At the end of 1999, the first World Rugby Sevens Series (then the IRB Sevens World Series) started and the team have been participating in that series ever since.

In addition to the Sevens Series, they also played in the Rugby World Cup Sevens, the Commonwealth Games, the World Games and, from 2016 onwards, the Olympic Games.


  • Commonwealth Games Bronze Medal 2002
  • World Games Silver Medal 2005
  • World Games Bronze Medal 2009
  • 2008–09 IRB Sevens World Series Champions
  • Commonwealth Games Bronze Medal 2010
  • Commonwealth Games Gold Medal 2014
  • Summer Olympics Bronze Medal 2016
  • Win summaries

    South Africa won the following tournaments on the Sevens World Series since its inception in 1999–2000:

    Current squad

    The following players were named in squads that competed at events on the 2016–17 World Rugby Sevens Series:

    Previous squads

    The previous South African Sevens squads are as follows:


    South Africa national rugby sevens team Wikipedia