South Africa make three injury-forced changes ahead of London 7s

Angelo Davids against Kenya 7s. Photo Courrtesy/SA Rugby
Angelo Davids against Kenya 7s. Photo Courrtesy/SA Rugby

Lions flyhalf Jordan Hendrikse will join the Springbok Sevens team in London on Monday ahead of his international sevens debut for South Africa at the London 7s this weekend.

The  youngster has been called up as one of three replacements for the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series’ penultimate tournament in England, with Angelo Davids and Sako Makata.  They will fill the void left by JC Pretorius, Tiaan Pretorius, and Dalvon Blood, who are all injured.

Makata last played in early April in Singapore but was ruled out of the trip to France due to a rib injury.  Davids will make his World Series firt appearance in 2022, after last representing the Blitzboks in Vancouver in 2021, where he was named to the tournament’s Dream Team.

According to Powell, Hendrikse has been on their radar for some time.

“We are really thin on the ground with flyhalves, with Justin Geduld, Selvyn Davids and Lubabalo Dobela unavailable and we are grateful to the Emirates Lions for releasing him,” said Powell.

“Sako also just missed out on travelling to France, while Angelo was due to return to the Blitzboks before the Commonwealth Games and Rugby World Cup Sevens.”

South Africa has slipped into second place on the overall World Series standings following their disappointing performance in Toulouse, where they failed to finish in the top 10 for the first time since 2013. They will face Argentina, Ireland and Kenya in pool B of the London event.

Story Courtesy/SA Rugby

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