Lions fly-half Jordan Hendrikse to join Blitzboks for London Sevens

Jordan Hendrikse. (Photo by Gruffydd Thomas/Huw Evans Agency/Gallo Images)

After a disappointing performance in France last weekend, the Blitzboks have called up three players to join the squad for this week’s London Sevens.

The Blitzboks failed to make Cup qualifying for the first time since 2013 after two defeats in their pool matches at the Toulouse Sevens, including a historic first defeat against Ireland.

They certainly haven’t been helped with a number of injuries, and on Monday it was announced that Lions flyhalf Jordan Hendrikse will join the team on what will be his Sevens debut.

The former Junior Springbok player is one of three substitutes called up for the penultimate World Rugby Sevens Series tournament, along with Angelo Davids and Sako Makata.

They will replace JC Pretorius, Tiaan Pretorius and Dalvon Blood, who return home due to injury.

Makata last played in Singapore in early April but suffered a rib injury and was not considered for the trip to France, while Davids will play in the 2022 World Series for the first time, after having Last played for the Blitzboks in Vancouver in 2021, where he was named to the tournament’s Dream Team.

Blitzboks coach Neil Powell says Hendrikse has been on their radar for some time now.

“We’re really thin on the field at fly-half, with Justin Geduld, Selvyn Davids and Lubabalo Dobela unavailable, and we’re grateful to the Lions for releasing him,” Powell said.

“Sako also narrowly missed the trip to France, while Angelo was due to return to the Blitzboks ahead of the Commonwealth Games and the Rugby 7s World Cup.”

The Blitzboks are currently second on the World Series log, with Argentina overtaking them following their lackluster performance in France. For the London Sevens, they received a tough draw and will play in Pool B along with Argentina, Ireland and Kenya.

Charles P. Patton