The Cape Town Sevens – viewed as the unofficial noon gun to the summer season – kicks off at 12h00 on Friday, 9 December, at the DHL Stadium. The Blitzboks find themselves in Pool A, with France, Fiji and Canada.
Pool B consists of Ireland, Samoa, Uruguay and Japan, and Pool C will see New Zealand, Argentina, Kenya and Spain face off, while in Pool D there will be clashes between USA, Australia, Great Britain and Uganda.
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The Blitzboks will close Friday’s action on day one at 20h03 with a match against Canada before heading into an action packed Saturday.
The home favourites then have pool games against Fiji (11h19) and France (17h00) to earn a place in the Cup quarter-finals, which will also take place on Saturday.
Sunday’s action begins at 08h00 with the men’s and women’s finals taking place just before 20h00.
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- This will be the 22nd HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series event to be held in South Africa. Cape Town is the fifth different venue after Stellenbosch, Durban, George and Port Elizabeth all previously hosted tournaments.
- This will be the sixth time Cape Town has hosted the event, the second longest run of consecutive events behind George’s who hosted nine tournaments between 2002-10.
- Since the event was relocated to Cape Town in 2015, no team has successfully defended their Cup title with a different winner each year.
- New Zealand hold the record for most Cup titles in South Africa with 11. They have played in 17 of the 21 Sevens Series Cup finals in South Africa.
- There are only four series where they have not reached the Cup final, in 2005-06 at George, and 2015-16, 2016-17 and 2019 in Cape Town.
- This is the most Cup titles of any individual team in one country.
- Eight nations have contested the Cup final in South Africa (New Zealand, Fiji, Samoa, South Africa, England, France, USA and Argentina) but half of them have never lifted the trophy, with France, USA, Argentina and Samoa all finishing second.
- Three of the past five teams to win the Cup title in Cape Town have done so without topping their pool. South Africa in 2015, England in 2016, and New Zealand in 2017 have all won the Cup final despite finishing second in their respective pools.
- Fiji’s Vilimoni Delasau holds the record for most individual tries in a single tournament in South Africa, scoring 13 tries in Stellenbosch in 1999.
- Only three other players have scored 10 or more tries at a Sevens Series event in South Africa since Delasau, with New Zealand’s Frank Halai (10) in Port Elizabeth in 2011, Australia’s Pama Fou (11) in Port Elizabeth in 2014, and France’s Terry Bouhraoua (10) in Cape Town in 2016.
The Blitzboks last won the Cape Town Sevens in 2015
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