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South Africa defeated New Zealand 26-17 in Port Elizabeth on Sunday, claiming a second consecutive HSBC Sevens World Series title in as many weeks. The win moves the Springboks to the top of the Sevens World Series points table.
The Springbok Women's Sevens team has been drawn to face France, China and Mexico in their pool matches at the IRB Women's World Sevens Qualifier in Hong Kong next month, the International Rugby Board announced on Tuesday.
With only two tournaments left on the HSBC World Series schedule, the Springbok Sevens team is in the running to lift the overall title. However, they are going to have to do it without star forward Chris Dry, who has been ruled out of the two events with a back injury.
The Springbok Sevens team will be aiming to reach an unprecedented sixth consecutive HSBC Sevens World Series Cup final as they go in search of their first Hong Kong Sevens title this weekend.
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 African sportsmen and women excelled on the world stage in 2013. The country's national rugby and football teams both boosted their world rankings over the course of the year, while the Proteas remained the undisputed number one team in test cricket.
The Springbok Sevens team is geared for an important 10 days, starting on Friday with the Dubai Sevens and ending with the Nelson Mandela Bay Sevens in Port Elizabeth on 7 and 8 December. They're out to make an impact on the HSBC Sevens World Series standings.
Tickets have gone on sale for the 2013 Nelson Mandela Bay Sevens, the third of eight stops on the Sevens World Series calendar, taking place in Port Elizabeth on the weekend of 7 and 8 December.
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.
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