The Blitzboks are currently seven points behind pace-setters New Zealand, and must at least reach the final at either Glasgow or next week’s London Sevens the only remaining legs on the circuit to keep their World Series title ambitions alive.
The team, however, faces a difficult pool assignment on Saturday, with clashes lined up against Portugal, Samoa, and New Zealand.
Despite this and the absence of two of their most influential players, captain Kyle Brown and attacking dynamo Cecil Afrika – the South Africans are still ranked as one of the favourites to win in Glasgow.
Brown is recovering from the concussion he suffered in Hong Kong, while Afrika sustained a groin strain at the same tournament.
Mark Richards makes a welcome return to the squad after last featuring for the Springbok Sevens at the Gold Coast last September, while Shaun Adendorff will make his debut for the Blitzboks.
Adendorff was one of the stars of the South Africa Under-20 team that won the 2012 Junior World Championship (JWC) title.
Wing Seabelo Senatla is also seeking to regain the top form of last season, which saw him feature in starring roles for the Junior Springboks at the 2013 JWC in France and the Sevens Rugby World Cup in Moscow.
Senatla was chosen for the Glasgow Sevens Dream Team last year, after the South Africans won the tournament, and nothing will offer him greater satisfaction than to help the team perform well this weekend in Scotland.
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