Soyizwapi to debut for Blitzboks

Former Kings wing Siviwe Soyizwapi is set to make his Springbok Sevens debut at next weekend's Hong Kong Sevens.

Soyizwapi has been included in the Blitzboks squad for the next two legs of the World Rugby Sevens Series, which will take place in Hong Kong and Singapore (16-17 April).

The inclusion of the 24-year-old, who attended Dale College in King William's Town, is one of four changes to the side that contested the Cup final at the Canada Sevens in Vancouver earlier this month. The other changes see the inclusion of Ryan Kankowski, Philip Snyman and Stephan Dippenaar.

Kankowski was a late withdrawal from Vancouver due to an ankle strain and takes over from Chris Dry, while Snyman replaces Dylan Sage. Soyizwapi comes in for Bryan Habana, who has returned to his club duties for Toulon in France.

Snyman missed the North American leg of the series due to injury, while Dippenaar receives an opportunity to boost his Rio 2016 chances, having last played in the London Sevens at the back end of the 2015-16 series. He replaces Rosco Speckman, who is rested along with Dry.

The Blitzboks are currently second on the series log with 105 points, with Fiji (106) leading and New Zealand (104) trailing in a close third position.

Blitzboks squad – Ryan Kankowski, Philip Snyman, Tim Agaba, Kwagga Smith, Siviwe Soyizwapi, Kyle Brown, Branco du Preez, Stephan Dippenaar, Justin Geduld, Cecil Afrika, Seabelo Senatla, Ruhan Nel.

Photo: Luke Walker/Gallo Images

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