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Geduld to miss North American trip
February 14, 2018
The Springbok Sevens team will be without playmaker Justin Geduld for the next two tournaments in the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, in Las Vegas and Vancouver.

Geduld, who was the leading points’ scorer at the HSBC Sydney Sevens three weeks ago, fractured his jaw the following week in Hamilton and will be out of action for approximately six weeks.

The Blitzboks assembled at their Stellenbosch training base on Wednesday to begin preparations for the Las Vegas and Vancouver tournaments.

Geduld joins a number of players who are not available for the tournaments. Springbok Sevens coach Neil Powell has also lost the services of Seabelo Senatla, Sikhumbuzo Notshe (DHL Stormers), Kwagga Smith (Emirates Lions) and Tim Agaba (Vodacom Bulls) to their Vodacom Super Rugby franchises.

Senatla (150 points, 30 tries) and Geduld (110 points, eight tries and 35 conversions) have been very influential in the points’ scoring stakes.

The Springbok Sevens not only top the World Series log, they are also the leading points’ scorers after four rounds of the World Series.

The South Africans have scored 654 points (104 tries), with Australia (607) and New Zealand (559) next in line.

“We knew that we were losing those four players to Vodacom Super Rugby, so it is not ideal that we are travelling without Justin too,” said Powell.

“Justin has been in great form this season, and if you add Chris Dry (knee injury), who we have also lost for the season, the depth of our squad will be tested.

“Dylan Sage (concussion), Ruhan Nel (knee), Philip Snyman, Rosko Specman and Muller du Plessis (all hamstring injuries) were all injured before or during the Hamilton tournament, but we are hopeful to have some of them back for this trip. Luckily Siviwe Soyizwapi, who was injured in Cape Town, has been cleared to play again.”

South Africa will look to defend their title at the HSBC USA Sevens at the Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, and Powell said his squad will be working hard to secure another positive outcome.

“We also have the Commonwealth Games (14-15 April) on the horizon and the Rugby World Cup Sevens in July is on everyone’s radar, so we will be testing our depth in the next couple of weeks,” said Powell.

“We have some exciting players waiting in the wings and we are keen to see some of them perform at this level.”

South Africa will face Wales, Canada and England in Las Vegas, where two matches are played on the first day (2 March), the final pool match and quarter-finals on the second day (3 March), and the semi-finals and finals of the various competitions on day three (4 March).

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Castle Lager Outgoing Tour
Saturday, June 02 2018
23:00 - South Africa vs Wales
Robert F Kennedy Stadium, Washington DC
Castle Lager Incoming Series
Saturday, June 09 2018
17:05 - South Africa vs England
Emirates Airline Park, Johannesburg
Saturday, June 16 2018
17:05 - South Africa vs England
Toyota Stadium, Bloemfontein
Saturday, June 23 2018
17:05 - South Africa vs England
Newlands Rugby Stadium, Cape Town
The Castle Lager Rugby Championship
Saturday, August 18 2018
17:05 - South Africa vs Argentina
Jonsson Kings Park, Durban
Saturday, August 25 2018
21:10 - Argentina vs South Africa
Estadio Malvinas Argentinas, Mendoza
Saturday, September 08 2018
12:05 - Australia vs South Africa
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Saturday, September 15 2018
09:35 - New Zealand vs South Africa
Westpac Stadium, Wellington
Saturday, September 29 2018
17:05 - South Africa vs Australia
Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, PE
Saturday, October 06 2018
17:05 - South Africa vs New Zealand
Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria

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