Blitzbok wing Muller du Plessis says both the team and he are determined to get their 2020-21 Sevens Series campaign off to a good start in Vancouver this weekend.
Springbok Sevens coach Neil Powell has named four uncapped players in the 13-man squad to travel to Canada this weekend for tournaments in Vancouver and Edmonton later this month.
The Cape Town Sevens tournament, which was scheduled to take place from 10-12 December this year, has been called off due to ongoing challenges caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Blitzboks forward Chris Dry has stepped away from international Sevens rugby and the 33-year-old says he leaves with no regrets and a mountain of great memories.
The Blitzboks beat Australia and the USA to finish their campaign strongly and claim fifth place on the final day of the Olympic Sevens on Wednesday.
Blitzbok captain Siviwe Soyizwapi says they only have themselves to blame for their unfortunate exit from medal contention at the 2020 Olympic Games, as they failed to use their opportunities in their quarter-final defeat by Argentina.
The Blitzboks saw their quest for an Olympic medal come to an agonising end as Argentina shrugged off an early red card to claim a stunning victory in the quarter-finals on Tuesday.
The quarter-finals of the men’s Tokyo 2020 Rugby Sevens competition were confirmed as South Africa, Fiji and New Zealand qualified top of their pools with unbeaten records on day two of the Olympic tournament at Tokyo Stadium.
The Blitzboks will head into their final pool game against the USA high in confidence after clinching a hard-fought victory over Kenya to make it two wins from two on day one of the Olympic Sevens on Monday.
Blitzboks coach Renfred Dazel says the team have achieved their objectives for the opening day after wins over Ireland and Kenya pushed them to the top of Pool C at the Olympic Games.