Springbok Sevens scrumhalf, Branco du Preez, is keen to taste more success in the Sam Boyd Stadium when South Africa contest the HSBC Las Vegas Sevens this weekend, the fifth leg of the 2016/17 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series.It’s Du Preez’s 50th World Series tournament appearance, but Du Preez says the milestone will only be special if they manage to land another title.
He was part of all three Blitzboks squads that have won titles in Las Vegas since the USA leg of the World Series moved there in 2010.
The Blitzboks take on Canada (Saturday, 4.43am SA time) in their opening Pool A match, France (Saturday, 7.42am) and Wales (Sunday, 2.08am).
‘I have tasted success here and it’s a good feeling,’ said Du Preez.’In a way, it is nice to play my 50th tournament here, because Las Vegas has been good to me in the past.’
Du Preez paid tribute to all those who helped him along the way to become only the fourth South African player to play 50 tournaments, following in the footsteps of Frankie Horne (68), Kyle Brown (57) and Chris Dry (56).
‘I’m sure there were a couple of people who did not expect me to get to this mark, but here I am,’ Du Preez smiled. ‘This was due to hard work, but first and foremost it was because of my parents, who always had my back.
‘Then all my coaches through the years and now, my Blitzboks brothers. It’s a massive honour. The best way to celebrate this will be for us to do well in this tournament.
‘I also want to thank all the fans of our team and everybody in South Africa who supports us. We will be playing for you as well this weekend.’
Picture of Du Preez in action in Las Vegas courtesy of Getty Images
Branco du Preez profile:
Physical: 1.66m & 75kg
DOB: 8 May 1990, George
Education: Van der Hoven Primary & PW Botha College (George), Harmony Sports Academy, Virginia, Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) Pretoria
Other Squads: Junior Springboks (2010), Team SA Commonwealth Games (2014); Griffons (Coca-Cola Craven Week, Under-19); TUT (FNB Varsity Cup), Vodacom Blue Bulls (Under-19, Under-21).
HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series Tournaments: 49. Debut in Wellington (2009/10), 963 points (73 tries, 295 conversions, 1 penalty, 1 drop goal).
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