Springbok sevens coach Neil Powell has been appointed to take charge of the Blitzboks for a fourth successive season.
SA rugby CEO Jurie Roux said Powell was highly sought-after on the international sevens circuit and they were delighted that he would remain at the helm of the Blitzboks.
“The Blitzboks have consistently been one of the top teams on the circuit and we know Neil and his team are headed in the right direction. All of us are looking forward to how they tackle the challenges of the new season,” said Roux.
Powell said it was a massive privilege to coach the Springbok sevens team as he was passionate about the game and country.
“I can’t wait to get stuck in as we aim to raise the bar even further this season.”
The Blitzboks started their preparations for the 2016/17 World Rugby Sevens Series in Stellenbosch earlier this week.
The South Africans were second in the 2015/16 series that ended in June, having qualified for all 10 quarterfinals, eight semi-finals and four finals (winning one). They then won a bronze medal at the Olympic Games in Rio in August.
Powell said it was good to see the squad looking refreshed and eager to tackle the new season.
“The guys needed the break and it is good to see them back here. They are keen to get going, but this will not be an easy couple of weeks. There is lots of hard work to be done,” Powell said.
The 10-tournament series kicks off in Dubai on December 2. South Africa are seeded second and will play USA, Scotland and Uganda in pool B. The Dubai tournament will be followed by the Cape Town Sevens on December 10 and 11.