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Prolific try-scorer Seabelo Senatla returns to the Springbok Sevens squad for the next two tournaments of the HSBC Sevens World Series, taking place in Tokyo and Hong Kong, but playmaker Cecil Africa will miss the trip to the Far East due to a hamstring problem.
South Africa's attempt to win a third HSBC Sevens World Series title in succession was ended by New Zealand in the final of the Wellington Sevens on Saturday, with the Kiwis defeating the Blitzbokke 21-0 in the Cup final.
South Africa mounted a successful defence of their Las Vegas Sevens title, beating New Zealand 14-7 in the Cup final on Sunday to claim victory in the USA for the third time in the past four years.
Backed by a 32 000-strong crowd, the Springbok Sevens team scored an emotional 17-14 victory over New Zealand in the final of the Nelson Mandela Bay Sevens in Port Elizabeth on Sunday.
The South African Sevens Rugby team turned in a strong showing at the Dubai Sevens, but fell at the final hurdle to an in-form Fiji, going down 29-17 in the Cup final on Saturday.
The Springbok Sevens team kicks off its season at the Gold Coast Sevens in Australia on the weekend. Neil Powell, coaching in his first Sevens World Series tournament, will be looking to draw more consistent play from the South African squad this season.
The South African Sevens team finished the HSBC Sevens World Series, which ended in London on Sunday, in second place, winning three tournaments along the way. Captain Frankie Horne completed the season by playing in a South African record 50th consecutive tournament.
South Africa captured the Tokyo Sevens rugby title on Sunday, their second tournament victory in three events, after a superb second half effort lifted them past New Zealand by 24 points to 19.
South Africa's Blitzbokke lost just a single game at the Nelson Mandela Bay Sevens tournament in Port Elizabeth over the weekend, but had to settle for third place in the third leg of the HSBC World Sevens Series.
The South African Sevens rugby team began their season on a positive note on the weekend, finishing third in the Gold Coast Sevens in Australia after a strong showing that included a victory over defending World Series champions New Zealand.