Bl­itzbok fly­ers set to im­press in NZ

The Citizen (KZN) - - Sport - Own Cor­re­spon­dent

The World Sev­ens Series has be­come syn­ony­mous with all-out ac­tion, tries ga­lore, big hits and watch­ing some of the premier ath­letes in the game try­ing to out­run each other – all at breath-tak­ing speeds. Some of the fastest play­ers in the world are out there, and when the New Zealand Sev­ens kicks off at FMG Sta­dium Waikato on Satur­day, it will be no dif­fer­ent.

This is par­tic­u­larly the case for the Spring­bok Sev­ens as two of the younger play­ers in the squad are also the fastest.

Angelo Davids, who turns 21 years old on 1 June, and Muller du Plessis, who will cel­e­brate that mile­stone 25 days later, boast im­mense pace down an ath­let­ics track, clock­ing 100m in 10.5 (Davids) and 10.6 (Du Plessis) sec­onds re­spec­tively.

Their pace is al­most as se­ri­ous as their re-ad­mis­sion into the squad for the first time in the cur­rent World Series. Davids last played in Sin­ga­pore in 2019, where the Bl­itzboks won the tour­na­ment, with the winger scor­ing in the fi­nal, and Du Plessis played the last of his 10 tour­na­ments in Paris, where he scored his 31st try, adding to a fan­tas­tic scor­ing strike rate.

For both, the New Zealand leg of the World Series is a great op­por­tu­nity to make their mark in the squad once again. Du Plessis trav­elled to New Zealand in 2018 as the 13th player but had the mis­for­tune of in­jur­ing him­self in train­ing and did not play at all, while Davids finds him­self in New Zealand for the very first time.

“It is very ex­cit­ing to be here in New Zealand; it is a coun­try I have al­ways wanted to visit and now I am here rep­re­sent­ing the Bl­itzboks on the rugby field. I can’t wait,” said Davids, who was a Ju­nior Spring­bok last year.

Du Plessis, who also played for the Ju­nior Boks in 2018 is equally keen to show his worth. The for­mer Cell C Sharks age-group player has opted out of 15-man rugby for two sea­sons to fo­cus on the Sev­ens code.

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