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Springboks Sevens dealt massive blow

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irbsevens.com and sarugby.co.za     10 Apr 2014     Getty Images

A cornerstone of South Africa’s forward trio, Dry will be out of action for 10 to 12 weeks and could, if his injury responds well to treatment, potentially recover in time to be considered for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in July.

The Blitzboks, who won two of the five Cup finals they have contested this season – in Port Elizabeth and Las Vegas, currently sit seven points behind New Zealand in the standings after only winning the Plate final in Hong Kong while their rivals were crowned Cup winners.

Influential playmaker Cecil Afrika is also doubtful for the final two rounds after suffering a groin strain in Hong Kong. He is currently busy with his rehabilitation programme at the team’s base in Stellenbosch, where the medical team is monitoring his recovery closely.

While these two injuries are a setback for Springbok Sevens coach Neil Powell, there was more positive news on the injury status of four other squad members.

Regular captain Kyle Brown is on course to recover fully from the blow to the head he received against France in the opening match in Hong Kong, while Branco du Preez (sore cheek), Seabelo Senatla (hamstring) and Phillip Snyman should all be fit and available for selection.