The Blitzboks crashed out in Singapore when Australia won a tense quarter-final with a golden try in added time. Image via @Blitzboks on X

BlitzBoks target Olympic spot in Madrid showdown!

BlitzBoks gear up for HSBC SVNS Grand Finale in Madrid, aiming to continue Spanish success and secure Olympic spot.


The Blitzboks crashed out in Singapore when Australia won a tense quarter-final with a golden try in added time. Image via @Blitzboks on X

Ryan Oosthuizen is set to make his 50th appearance for the Springbok Sevens team at the HSBC SVNS Grand Finale in Madrid next weekend.

The tournament, which marks the end of the 2024 season, will take place at the Metropolitano Stadium from 31 May to 2 June.

Oosthuizen, who missed the previous tournament in Singapore, has been named in the BlitzBok squad for the Grand Finale. His return to the squad, replacing Zain Davids, is the only change among the forwards.

BlitzBoks Make Changes in Backline for Grand Finale

Interim head coach Philip Snyman has also made adjustments to the backline. Justin Geduld, who will be playing in his 60th tournament for the BlitzBoks, comes in for the injured Dewald Human, while Shaun Williams replaces Shilton van Wyk.

Williams, who last played in Hong Kong, will be utilised on the wing and as a sweeper in a squad that boasts versatility and experience to continue their impressive run in Spain.

BlitzBoks Face Tough Pool Opponents in Madrid

The BlitzBoks have been drawn in a challenging pool alongside Ireland, Fiji, and New Zealand. Snyman acknowledged that each match-up in the pool would have a finals feel about them, but he welcomes the challenge.

“Yes, it is the Grand Finale after all,” Snyman said. “Facing Ireland on day one and Fiji and New Zealand on the second day just to get into the semi-finals is a nice challenge, but we have shown in Hong Kong and Singapore that we can get out of pools unbeaten.”

Team Selection with Olympic Repechage in Mind

Snyman revealed that team selection for the Grand Finale also took into consideration the upcoming Olympic repechage. However, he emphasised the importance of fielding a squad capable of winning the tournament.

“Zain and Shilton, who will do some conditioning back home in the next two weeks, are still very important to our final push towards the Olympic qualification,” Snyman explained.

BlitzBoks Aim to Continue Spanish Success

The BlitzBoks have a strong track record in Spain, having won both tournaments in 2022 when the world series last visited the country. They emerged victorious in consecutive tournaments in Malaga and Seville.

Snyman believes that the team has turned a corner and is in a position to win the Grand Finale and qualify for the Olympic Games.

“Those are two pretty big things on our radar, so we still have so much to play for. The season is far from over,” he stated.

Squad for Madrid Grand Finale

The Springbok Sevens squad for the Madrid Grand Finale includes:

  • Christie Grobbelaar
  • Ryan Oosthuizen
  • Impi Visser
  • Tiaan Pretorius
  • Selvyn Davids
  • Shaun Williams
  • Siviwe Soyizwapi
  • Rosko Specman
  • Justin Geduld
  • Tristan Leyds
  • Dylan Sage
  • Quewin Nortje
  • Katlego Letebele

With a mix of experience and talent, the BlitzBoks are determined to end the season on a high note and secure their spot in the Olympic Games.