Paul Treu’s side have drawn New Zealand and Wales in their pool for the Wellington leg of the IRB Sevens Series.
The Blitzboks have got their title defence off to a poor start, bowing out in the Cup quarter-finals in the first two legs in Dubai and George. In their current form, they’ll struggle to progress to the knockouts ahead of the series log-leaders or incumbent Sevens World Cup holders.
Both quarter-final exits have come at the hands of Fiji, and to avoid another play-off showdown with the islanders, the Boks will have to win their pool.
Pool A: New Zealand, South Africa, Wales, Niue
Pool B: Fiji, Australia, Scotland, Papua New Guinea
Pool C: England, Kenya, USA, Tonga
Pool D: Samoa, Argentina, France, Canada