Springbok Sevens Players

The World Rugby Sevens Series, known officially as the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series due to sponsorship from banking group HSBC is an annual series of international Rugby Sevens tournaments run by World Rugby featuring national sevens teams.

The series, organised for the first time as the World Sevens Series in the 1999-2000 season, was formed to develop an elite-level competition series between rugby nations and develop the sevens game into a viable commercial product for World Rugby.

After South Africa’s readmission to international sport, the South African Springboks Sevens team, affectionately known as the BlitzBokke, played their first sevens series at the 1993 Hong Kong Sevens.

Here is an alphabetical list of all the players to have represented South Africa from 1993:

(This database will be updated over time; latest update 19 October 2016)

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A

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Adams, BI (Bennie)

Adendorff, S (Shaun)

Afrika, CS (Cecil)

Alberts, N (Nico)

Aplon, GG (Gio)

April, C (Chelton)

Arnold, P (Peet)

 

Gio Aplon, former Springbok Sevens and Springbok (15s) player.

Gio Aplon, former Springbok Sevens and Springbok (15s) player.

 

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B

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Badenhorst, C (Chris)

Basson, S (Stefan)

Benjamin, RS (Ryno)

Blom, J (Jandre)

Blommetjies, C (Clayton)

Bobo, G (Gcobani)

Bock, AG (Alshaun)

Boome, CS (Selbourne)

Botha, B (Bernardo)

Bouwer, G (Graeme)

Bowles, J (Jovan)

Brand, J (Janneman)

Breytenbach, C (Conrad)

Brink, HM (Helgard)

Brink, S (Stephen)

Britz GJJ (Gerrie)

Britz, WK (Warren)

Brown, KG (Kyle)

Brussow, HW (Heinrich)

Burger, PB (Phillip)

 

South Africa's Stefan Basson on the way to scoring his third try during the Hong Kong Sevens match between SA and Tonga on March 31, 2007 (Photo by Tertius Pickard/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

South Africa’s Stefan Basson on the way to scoring his third try during the Hong Kong Sevens match between SA and Tonga on March 31, 2007 (Photo by Tertius Pickard/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

 

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C

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Calitz, JP (Johan)

Chavhanga, T (Tonderai)

Cilliers, NV (Vlok)

Claassens, JP (Jannie)

Coeries, DB (Darryl)

Coetzee, F (Fielies)

Coetzee, R (Rudi)

Conradie, JHJ (Bolla)

 

Johannes Haindly Joseph Conradie (simply known as Bolla)

Johannes Haindly Joseph Conradie (simply known as Bolla)

 

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D

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Dames, A (Archer)

Damons, O (Ossie)

Dazel, RL (Renfred)

De Jongh, JL (Juan)

Delport, PS (Paul)

De Marigny, MRD (Marc)

Demas, D (Danwel)

De Villiers, J (Jean)

Dippenaar, D (Dirk)

Dippenaar, S (Stephan)

Dirks, CA (Chris)

Dry, C (Chris)

Du Plessis, M (Malan)

Du Plooy, JP (JP)

Du Preez, B (Branco)

Du Preez, C (Carel)

Du Toit, GS (Gaffie)

 

Renfred Dazel during the Springbok Sevens team and management photocall session on November 01, 2011 in Stellenbosch, South Africa Photo by Luke Walker / Gallo Images

Renfred Dazel during the Springbok Sevens team and management photocall session on November 01, 2011 in Stellenbosch, SA
Pic: Luke Walker / Gallo Images

 

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E

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Ebersohn, RT (Robert)

Engelbrecht, G (Gerrie)

Engelbrecht, J (Jacques)

Engelbrecht, P (Pieter)

Engelbrecht, P (Petrus)

Esterhuizen, G (Grant)

Eyre, NJ (Nicolas)

 

Robert Ebersohn during the Springbok Sevens team and management photocall session on November 01, 2011 in Stellenbosch, SA Photo by Luke Walker / Gallo Images

Robert Ebersohn during the Springbok Sevens team and management photocall session on November 01, 2011 in Stellenbosch, SA
Photo by Luke Walker / Gallo Images

 

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F

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Fihlani, IZ (Ian)

Floors, L (Lucas)

Foote, KW (Kevin)

Fourie, AJ (Andries)

Fourie, DA (Deon)

Fowles, JJ (Josh)

Francis, E (Eugene)

Fredericks, ER (Eddie)

Frolick, S (Shandre)

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G

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Geduld, J (Justin)

Gelant, W (Warrick)

Gerber, HJ (Hendrik)

Gillingham, JW (Joe)

Grobler, D

 

Justin Geduld

Justin Geduld, a member of the Team SA Sevens Bronze Medal winning team to the Rio Olympic Games 2016.

 

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H

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Habana, BG (Bryan)

Haupt, PJ (Hannru)

Heidtmann, DM (Dale)

Helberg, D (Deon)

Hendriks, C (Cornal)

Honiball, HW (Henry)

Horne, FH (Frankie)

Houtshamer, J (Juan)

Hulme, A (Alten)

Human, WA (Wylie)

Hunt, S (Steven)

Francis Henry (Frankie) Horne debuted for the BlitzBokke in 2007

Francis Henry (Frankie) Horne debuted for the BlitzBokke in 2007

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I

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Isbell, RM (Ruwellyn)

Ruwellyn Miguel Isbell, born in Somerset East 17 February 1993

Ruwellyn Miguel Isbell, born in Somerset East 17 February 1993

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J

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Jackson, KL (Lesley)

Jacobs, AA (Adi)

Jacobsz, SPE (Barry)

Jantjes, CA (Conrad)

Johannes, R (Reuben)

Joka, W (Wonga)

Jonker, JW (JW)

Jordaan, P (Paul)

Joubert, AJ (Andre)

Juries, FM (Fabian)

The BlitzBokke's Conrad Alcon Jantjes, Springbok No 716, also played 24 Tests for the Springboks (15s)

The BlitzBokke’s Conrad Alcon Jantjes, Springbok No 716, also played 24 Tests for the Springboks (15s)

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K

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Kankowski, R (Ryan)

Kayser, DJ (Deon)

Kok, W (Werner)

Kolbe, C (Cheslin)

Krause, GE (Gareth)

Kriese, D (Dieter)

Kruger, CR (Chris)

Kruger, RJ (Ruben)

Kruger, HJ (Jorrie)

Kruger, O (Okkie)

Kuun, GWF (Derick)

Cheslin Kolbe famously proposed to Layla Cupido after WP beat Boland in the Currie Cup QF, 30 Sept. 2016 (Video: Mike Jansen/ original footage by WP Rugby)

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L

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Loubscher, RIP (Ricardo)

Luiters, K (Kevin)

Ricardo Loubscher was also assistant-coach of the Springboks (15s) under Heyneke Meyer. He has the unfortunate initials RIP or Ricardo Ian Peter.

Ricardo Loubscher was also assistant-coach of the Springboks (15s) under Heyneke Meyer. He has the unfortunate initials RIP or Ricardo Ian Peter.

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M

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Mapoe, LG (Lionel)

Maritz, H (Hoffman)

Markow, A (Tony)

Masina, M (Mac)

Mastriet, S (Sampie)

Mbiyozo, MM (Mpho)

Mbovane, T (Tshotsho)

McBean, BJH (Baldwin)

Mdaka, TLP (Thobela)

Mentz, MJ (MJ)

Minnaar, C (Chase)

Mofu, Z (Zolani)

Mokuena, J (Jonathan)

Mostert, H (Herman)

Mtembu, L (Lubabalo)

Muller, GP (Jorrie)

Munn, W (Wayne)

Muir, DJ (Dick)

Former BlitzBokke skipper Jonathan Mokuena is an up-and-coming 15s coach on the Varsity Cup and provincial rugby scene in 2016.

Former BlitzBokke skipper Jonathan Mokuena is an up-and-coming 15s coach on the Varsity Cup and provincial rugby scene in 2016.

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N

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Ndungane, AZ (Akona)

Nel, R (Ruhan)

Nell R (Ryan)

Nelson, NT (Norman)

Noble, DC (Dusty)

Noble, HG (Howard)

Nokwe, JL (Jongi)

Nqoro, M (Milo)

Dusty and Howard Noble, pictured here at the Hong Kong 7s (Sean Bayliss) were probably the only brother-pair to have played for the BlitzBokke.

Dusty and Howard Noble, pictured here at the Hong Kong 7s were probably the only brother-pair to have played for the BlitzBokke. (Pictured by Sean Bayliss, HK)

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O

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O’Cuinneagain, D (Dion)

Olivier, J (Jacques)

Oosthuysen, DE (Deon)

Former BlitzBokke skipper Dion O'Cuinneagain, a general practitioner, has the honour of having represented both SA (Sevens) and Ireland.

Former BlitzBokke skipper Dion O’Cuinneagain, a general practitioner, has the honour of having represented both SA (Sevens) and Ireland.

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P

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Paulse (BJ (Breyton)

Payne, L (Shaun)

Penrose, N (Neil)

Petersen, PB (Patrick)

Philander, D (Daniel)

Pietersen, JC (Johan)

Pietersen, WJ (Wilton)

Pitout, AC (Anton)

Plumtree, J (John)

Potgieter, R (Riaan)

Potgieter, SP (Sarel)

Powell, Johannes Daniel (Neil)

Pretorius, A (Abrie)

Pretorius, AS (Andre)

Pretorius, JC (Jaco)

Prinsloo, B (Boom)

Putt, KB (Kevin)

Neil Powell celebrates Paris7s Plate win vs AUS

Current (2016) Springboks Sevens coach Neil Powell has the singular honour of having won (as a coach) South Africa’s first Olympic Rugby Sevens medal (Bronze) at the Rio2016 Olympic Games.

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R

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Raats, W (Werner)

Rafferty, AC Ashwell)

Rees, G (Grant)

Richards, M (Mark)

Richter, AJ (Adriaan)

Rose, EE (Earl)

Rossouw, PWG (Pieter)

Russell, RB (Brent)

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S

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Saayman, JIA (Izak)

Schoeman, MW (Marius)

Seconds, ER (Egon)

Senatla, S (Seabelo)

Sithole, S (Sibusiso)

Siwundla, O (Oginga)

Skinstad, RB (Bob)

Small-Smith, W (William)

Smith, A (Kwagga)

Smith, LA (Luke)

Smit, PL (Philip)

Smith, RF (Rodger)

Snyman, AH (Andre)

Snyman, PAB (Philip)

Specman, R (Rosco)

Stevens, J (Jeffrey)

Stick, M (Mzwandile)

Strauss, AJ (Andries)

Strydom, DH (Dirkie)

Strydom, WJ (Willem-Johannes)

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T

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Treu, PM (Paul)

Truter, HJ (Hendrik)

 

Paul Treu

Paul Treu, former Springbok Sevens player and coach

 

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U

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Ulengo, J (Jamba)

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V

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Van den Heever, LM (Leon)

Van der Merwe, SM (Schalk)

Van der Walt, P (Philip)

Van der Westhuizen, JH (Joost)

Van Heerden, W (Wayne)

Van Niekerk, JC (Joe)

Van Rensburg, JM (Jose)

Van Schalkwyk, J (Jaco)

Van Wyk, JH (Jan-Harm)

Van Zyl, R (Riaan)

Venter, AG (Andre)

Venter, AJ (AJ)

Venter, J (Hannes)

Venter, N (Nico)

Venter, S (Shaun)

Verhoeven, AG (Antonius)

Vermaak, J (Jano)

Verster, E (Eben)

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W

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Watson, LA (Luke)

Whiteley, W (Warren)

Willemse, AK (Ashwin)

Williams, CM (Chester)

Winter, RG (Russell)

Witbooi, N (Nigel)

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Z

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Zangqa, V (Vuyo)

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Players who represented South Africa in 2015/2016 World Series:

Afrika, C (Cecil)

Agaba, T (Tim)

Benjamin, R (Rayno)

Brown, KG (Kyle)

De Jongh, J (Juan)

Dippenaar, S (Stephan)

Dry, C (Chris)

Du Preez, BB (Branco)

Du Preez, C (Carel)

Geduld, J (Justin)

Habana, B (Bryan)

Hougaard, F (Francois)

Kankowski, R (Ryan)

Kok, W (Werner)

Nel, R (Ruhan)

Kolbe, C (Cheslin)

Ngcobo, S (Sandile)

Sage, D (Dylan)

Senatla, S (Seabelo)

Smith, A (Kwagga)

Snyman, P (Philip)

Soyizwapi, S (Siviwe)

Specman, R (Rosco)

 

Some Springbok Sevens Highlights:

The SA Under-18 Sevens team emulated the senior Springbok Sevens when they also clinched the gold medal at the Youth Commonwealth Games in Samoa in the early hours of Friday (11 September 2015) morning (SA time).

The South African boys won gold after their 31-20 defeat of Australia in the final, played in simmering heat on South Pacific Island. They finished the Games unbeaten after wins over Singapore (61-0), Namibia (46-0), England (19-14) and hosts Samoa (29-0).

The Springbok Sevens (senior side) are the reigning Commonwealth Games champions after their gold medal success in Glasgow last year (2014).

The SA Sevens Under-18 team who won gold medal the Youth Commonwealth Games in Samoa are:

(provincial union and high school in brackets)

1. Manie Libbok (SWD, Outeniqua)*
2. Embrose Papier (Blue Bulls, Garsfontein)*
3. Francois Agenbag (Free State, Grey College)
4. Curwin Bosch (Eastern Province, Grey College)*
5. Heino Bezuidenhout (Eastern Province, Daniel Pienaar)*
6. Stedman Gans (Blue Bulls, Waterkloof)*
7. Donovan du Randt (KwaZulu-Natal, Glenwood)
8. Hacjivah Dayimane (Golden Lions, Jeppe)*
9. Johan Visser (Western Province, Paarl Gymnasium)*
10. Damian Willemse (Western Province, Paul Roos)*
11. JC Pretorius (Pumas, Middelburg)
12. Mfundu Ndlovu (Pumas, Standerton)

Management
Manager: Marius Schoeman (SARU)
Coach: Paul Delport (SARU)

*Indicates representation in the SA Schools squad

The SA Under-18 Sevens team emulated the senior Springbok Sevens when they also clinched the gold medal at the Youth Commonwealth Games in Samoa in the early hours of Friday morning (11 September 2015)

The SA Under-18 Sevens team emulated the senior Springbok Sevens when they also clinched the gold medal at the Youth Commonwealth Games in Samoa in the early hours of Friday morning (11 September 2015)

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