South Africa 7s announced their preliminary roster for what will be the Tokyo Olympics. Justin Geduld and Dylan Sage are the only ones who played at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Neil Powell, coach of the Blitzbok, confirmed the 17 players who are shortlisted for the Olympics. Of the payroll, only 14 (12 cited and two reservations) will be left to travel to Tokyo on July 12.
“I am satisfied with this group, they really deserve this opportunity to compete for the top prize in sport.. We are still five weeks away from our first game, so I have some time left to make the difficult decision to leave three guys behind, but they will be on hold in any case. However, rugby is a dynamic game, especially with injuries and uncertainties around Covid, so the door is never closed for anyone, even outside of this group, “said the head coach.
South Africa 7s preliminary list: 1. Sakoyisa Makata, 2. Dylan Sage, 3. Impi Visser, 4. Zain Davids, 5. Angelo Davids, 6. JC Pretorius, 7. Branco du Preez, 8. Selvyn Davids, 9. Justin Geduld, 10. Kurt- Lee Arendse, 11. Siviwe Soyizwapi, 12. Stedman Gans, 13. Ronald Brown, 14. Chris Dry, 15. Ruhan Nel, 16. Muller du Plessis, 17. Lubabalo Dobela