Blitzboks Want The Title
Blitzboks Want The Title: The Hong Kong event, the seventh on the 2015-2016 World Sevens Series, is the oldest on circuit and one of only two that are played over three days instead of two. It celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. It’s also a title that has remained elusive for South Africa over the years, despite three final appearances in 1997, 2008 and 2009. Coach Neil Powell has again rotated his squad for the event as he looks to find the perfect squad of 12 for the 2016 Olympic Games in August, when Sevens rugby makes its debut. The inclusion of the 24-year-old is one of four changes to the side that contested the Cup final at the Canada Sevens in Vancouver last month.
Kankowski was a late withdrawal from Vancouver (ankle strain) and takes over from Chris Dry, while Snyman replaces Dylan Sage and Soyizwapi comes in for Bryan Habana, who has returned to his club duties for Toulon in France. Snyman missed the North American leg of the series due to injury, while Dippenaar receives an opportunity to boost his Rio 2016 chances, having last played in the London Sevens at the end of the 2015-16 series. He replaces Rosko Specman, who is rested, along with Dry.