Their Blitzbok journey
Our Springbok Seven team has made us proud on many occasions. Philip Snyman made his sevens debut for the team at the 2008 Dubai Sevens. He captained his country and was featured in 37 Sevens World Series tournaments. He helped the team win the 2008/2009 World Series and then, eight years later, came what is his career highlight, a bronze medal at Rio Olympics.
Cecil Africa made his debut in Dubai in 2009. He was part of two World Series-winning Blitzbok squads ( 2017 and 2018) as well as the South African team that won Commonwealth Games gold ( 2014) and Olympic bronze (2016) medals.
Kyle Brown made his debut for the Blitzboks in the 2008/2009 season in Dubai. Brown was part of all three Springbok Sevens squads that won the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in 2008/09, 2016/17 and 2017/18 seasons. This true ambassador to the sport and his country became the most capped South African in the World Series when he represented the Blitzboks for the 69th time at the HSBC Sydney Sevens.
All three of them leave a legacy in the game of Sevens Rugby. Today I met up with Kyle in the heart of Dorp Straat, Stellenbosch to hear about what happened when a wing, a fullback and a flanker had to bid professional rugby farewell.
In their new life, they are still champions; with a new desire, a new dream and a new vision.