Sevens Boks call on Delport

Paul Delport has been called into the Springbok Sevens squad as a replacement for Gio Aplon.

The Sevens Boks will compete in the World Games in Taiwan, with their first matches scheduled for Friday, against Chinese Taipei, Portugal and the USA.

Aplon, a contracted Sevens Bok, was asked to stay in Cape Town to play for Western Province after Joe Pietersen suffered a leg injury in their opening Currie Cup match. Pietersen is expected to be fit for Friday’s match against the Free State, but Aplon is being retained as an insurance policy.

Delport has played at international level with the Sevens Boks and is a solid replacement for Aplon.

Meanwhile, coach Paul Treu said his team’s preparations have been excellent since their arrival in Taiwan.

‘Our decision to arrive here so early was definitely the correct one because the players have adapted well to the extreme heat and humidity,’ he said.

‘We had another good training session earlier today and I am looking forward to our warm-up match on Wednesday against Japan. We lost to Fiji in the final of the two previous World Games and this group of players are really hungry for success.’