Injuries have been one of the major headaches for Blitzbok coach Neil Powell during the 2018/19 World Sevens Series competition. After almost every tournament, he’s seen the battered and bruised make way for exciting but inexperienced youngsters or patched-up veterans
As the season draws to a close with very little to play for except pride and an extremely slim chance of finishing in third place, the revolving injury door swings once again into action. Kurt-Lee Arendse and Stedman Gans were ruled out of the Paris tournament on Monday, Arendse with concussion and Gans with a hand injury.
Then on Tuesday, Selvyn Davids had to pull out due to personal reasons. Powell has plenty of players waiting in the wings, and none more exciting than the most successful Blitzbok of them all, Cecil Afrika who makes a return to the side after a year recovering from an excruciating hamstring injury .