The Blitzboks will play in Pool A in the Singapore tournament of World Rugby Sevens Series next week – and they have the added challenge to have Hong Kong winners Fiji in their pool, with Scotland and Canada the other sides in their pool.
With both Canada and Scotland rather disappointing of late, South Africa should be in Pool A’s top two sides to advance to the quarter-finals, where the top two teams from Pool D, probably Samoa and New Zealand, will be their probable opponents with Japan and Spain unlikely to make the Cup quarters.
In Pool B two of the quarter-finalists in the Hong Kong tournament, silver medal winners France and Argentina, will again be in the same pool. Australia, disappointing in Hong Kong and Portugal, will play in that pool.
The top two teams from Pool B will probably face the leaders in the competition standings USA and England, with Kenia and Wales the other two sides in Pool C.
The Pools –
Pool A: Fiji, South Africa, Scotland, Canada.
Pool B: France, Argentina, Australia, Portugal
Pool C: USA, England, Kenia, Wales
Pool D: Samoa, New Zealand, Japan, Spain