• Afrika set to break record

    Cecil Afrika needs 12 more points to better the all-time Blitzboks points-scoring record of 925 held by Fabian Juries.

    Afrika is part of an unchanged South African squad for the defence of their PE Sevens title and could write himself into the history books this weekend.

    The Blitzboks captured the Dubai crown last weekend, defeating Argentina, New Zealand and Australia in the Cup play-offs. That display enabled South Africa to move two places up the World Series log standings into second place where they are now just two points behind leaders Fiji, who have 39.

    The top four teams on the final standings at the end of the nine-tournament World Series will qualify automatically for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

    Meanwhile, Branco du Preez will play in his 35th tournament this weekend, which places him on the SA Sevens honours board alongside the likes of Juries, Marius Schoeman, Mzwandile Stick and Frankie Horne.

    Horne is the only player in the history of the Sevens World Series to play 61 consecutive tournaments and will extend that record in PE.

    Blitzboks pool fixtures (Saturday):
    12:42 vs USA
    15:58 vs Kenya
    19:58 vs Wales

    Blitzboks squad (World Series tournaments in brackets) – Ruhan Nel (2), Philip Snyman (26), Frankie Horne (61), Kwagga Smith (8), Werner Kok (11), Kyle Brown (41) (c), Branco du Preez (34), Rayno Benjamin (26), Warrick Gelant (1), Cecil Afrika (32), Seabelo Senatla (12), Cheslin Kolbe (7).

    Photo: Karim Sahib/AFP Photo

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    Simon Borchardt