25 May 2017
Soon after arriving back on home soil on Tuesday morning, the Springbok Sevens squad only had a few hours to spend with their loved ones before taking to the road again.
While the 2016/2017 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series has officially concluded and the spoils firmly in South African hands, the team decided to first take it on a whirlwind trip to Bloemfontein and Gauteng in order to share the excitement with their legions of supporters.
The roadshow kicked off on Wednesday and, on its first stop, took in schools like Grey College and Willem Postma Primary School in Bloemfontein, Hentie Cilliers High School in Virginia and Riebeekstad High School in Riebeekstad. These institutions all have a shared history with some of the BlitzBokke players.
The team also enjoyed spending some time with rugby players and administrators at the Harmony Sports School outside Virginia.
Springbok Sevens captain, Philip Snyman, and World Series Dream Team member, Chris Dry, told the Grey College learners about their journey to the top of the World Series.
Snyman also urged the leaners to leave a legacy, whether it is in sport, academics or cultural activities. Dry said the biggest asset for anyone is to embrace the opportunities presented to you.
Fellow World Series Dream Team member, Rosko Specman, had the Grey learners in stitches with his recollection of some of the best moments the Blitzbokke had on the field.
Coach Neil Powell shared some wisdom with the junior kids at Willem Postma Primary, urging them reach out to other people, one of the core values the Springbok Sevens team underwrites.
During a visit to Riebeekstad High, the school that the Blitzbokke’s record try-scorer Seabelo Senatla attended, the message of South African Sevens’ all-time career points scorer, Cecil Afrika, was a simple, but strong one. He told learners that if their dreams in life are not scary, they probably are not big enough.
Both Afrika and Branco du Preez attended Hentie Cilliers High School and Du Preez made it clear to pupils that you can make it to the top if the desire is strong enough. It does not matter whether you are from, a small town or school should not stop anyone from becoming the best person he can be, Du Preez told the appreciative audience.
The team also had a short stop-over at Harmony Sports Academy, where Afrika and Du Preez were hosted during their high school years and Senatla during a gap year after school.
Wednesday activities also included a coffee stopover for Kyle Brown and Justin Geduld at the Supersport building where they had a chat with presenter Elma Smit about life away from Sevens:
The Blitzbokke did the breakfast-show circuit on Thursday morning when they visited a number of media outlets in Johannesburg on Thursday.
Here is a video clip of their time at Radio Sonder Grense (RSG):
More images of the team’s breakfast-radio visits below:
The whirlwind road trip concluded when the Team rubbed shoulders with staff at the head offices of Team Sponsor Steinhoff as well as one of the group’s subsidiaries Joshua Doore:
Cooler as ekke! Listen to prankster Chris Dry pranks Martin Bester on Rian van Heerden’s Complimentary Breakfast Show in Jacaranda FM! (In Afrikaans)
The Boy’s got skills!
Rosko Specman, Siviwe Soyizwapi and Chris Dry had one more appearance left for the evening, a chat with Robert Marawa and Thato Moeng on Supersport:
Thanks to Tsogo Sun for accommodating our team.
Compiled by Mike Jansen for blitzbokke.com