South Africa national rugby sevens team

South Africa
Nickname(s) Blitzboks, Blitzbokke
Emblem Springbok
Union South African Rugby Union
Head coach Neil Powell
Captain Philip Snyman
Top scorer Cecil Afrika (1123)
Top try scorer Fabian Juries (179)
First colours
Second colours
Rugby World Cup Sevens
Appearances 6 (First in 1993)
Best result Runners-up (1997)

The South African national rugby sevens team competes in the World Rugby Sevens Series, the Rugby World Cup Sevens, the Summer Olympic Games and the Commonwealth Games.


After readmission to international sport, the team played their first sevens series in the 1993 Hong Kong Sevens and also participated in the 1993 Rugby World Cup Sevens. They also played in the Hong Kong Sevens for the next two seasons. In 1996, they also took part in the Punta Del Este Sevens in Uruguay and the Dubai Sevens.

They participated in the 1997 Rugby World Cup Sevens the following year and in 1998, they played three South American tournaments – the Mar Del Plata Sevens in Argentina, the Punta Del Este Sevens and the Viña del Mar Sevens in Chile.

1999 saw them participate in the Mar Del Plata Sevens, the Santiago Sevens in Chile, the Fiji Sevens, the Hong Kong Sevens, the Japan Sevens and the Paris Sevens.

At the end of 1999, the first World Rugby Sevens Series (then the IRB Sevens World Series) started and the team have been participating in that series ever since.

In addition to the Sevens Series, they also played in the Rugby World Cup Sevens, the Commonwealth Games, the World Games and, from 2016 onwards, the Olympic Games.


Tournament history

Summer Olympics

Games Gold Silver Bronze
2016 Rio de Janeiro  Fiji  Great Britain  South Africa

Commonwealth Games

Games Gold Silver Bronze
1998 Kuala Lumpur  New Zealand  Fiji  Australia
2002 Manchester  New Zealand  Fiji  South Africa
2006 Melbourne  New Zealand  England  Fiji
2010 New Delhi  New Zealand  Australia  South Africa
2014 Glasgow  South Africa  New Zealand  Australia

World Games

Games Gold Silver Bronze
2001 Akita[1]  Fiji  Australia  New Zealand
2005 Duisburg  Fiji  South Africa  Argentina
2009 Kaohsiung[2]  Fiji  Portugal  South Africa
2013 Cali[3]  South Africa  Argentina  Canada

Sevens World Series

Win summaries

South Africa won the following tournaments on the Sevens World Series since its inception in 1999–2000:

Cup wins
Season Tournament Final opponent Score
2001–02 2002 Wellington Sevens Samoa 17–14
2002–03 2003 Cardiff Sevens Argentina 35–17
2003–04 2003 Dubai Sevens New Zealand 33–26
2004 Singapore Sevens Argentina 24–19
2004–05 2005 London Sevens England 21–12
2005–06 2006 Paris Sevens Samoa 33–12
2006–07 2006 Dubai Sevens New Zealand 31–12
2007–08 2008 Adelaide Sevens New Zealand 15–7
2008–09 2008 Dubai Sevens England 19–12
2008 South Africa Sevens New Zealand 12–7
2009 Adelaide Sevens Kenya 26–7
2010–11 2011 USA Sevens Fiji 24–14
2011 London Sevens Fiji 24–14
2011 Edinburgh Sevens Australia 36–35
2012–13 2013 USA Sevens New Zealand 40–21
2013 Japan Sevens New Zealand 24–19
2013 Scotland Sevens New Zealand 28–21
2013–14 2013 South Africa Sevens New Zealand 17–14
2014 USA Sevens New Zealand 14–7
2014–15 2014 Dubai Sevens Australia 33–7
2014 South Africa Sevens New Zealand 26–17
2015–16 2015 South Africa Sevens Argentina 29–14


For a complete list of every player to have represented the Blitzbokke, see List of South Africa national rugby union (sevens) players.

Current squad

The following players were named in squads that competed at events on the 2016–17 World Rugby Sevens Series:[4]

Previous squads

The previous South African Sevens squads are as follows:


  1. "Rugby: Rugby 7s". The World Games. Retrieved 7 January 2014.
  2. "World Games Day 2: Fiji cruise to Gold Medal". Ultimate Rugby Sevens. Retrieved 7 January 2014.
  3. "2013 World Games rugby results". Retrieved 7 January 2014.
  4. "Snyman to lead experienced Blitzboks to Dubai". South African Rugby Union. 25 November 2016. Archived from the original on 29 November 2016. Retrieved 29 November 2016.

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