Muller du Plessis is excited to be part of the squad this weekend as the Blitzboks prepare to return to London for the penultimate leg of the HSBC World Sevens Series.
Du Plessis has had a “start and stop” season because of injury and is itching to play in London.
Speaking to South Africa Rugby, he said: “There is a good feeling among the guys – we trained well, we are in good spirits and a good space and everyone is looking forward to the weekend. I am healthy now and keen to go out and play, and that is the same across the squad.”
The 19-year-old speedster begun his season on a high note when he scored a hat-trick of tries against Fiji in Dubai but had to miss out of Hamilton and Sydney owing to an injury sustained in the opening game in Cape Town.
Du Plessis was back up for Las Vegas as a reserve player and in Vancouver, he played a role as the team delivered gold for South Africa.
9 years, 69 tournaments and 350 matches later Branco du Preez still remembers his first try in a Blitzbok jersey like it was yesterday. His debut was in Wellington in 2010. This weekend he will become the most capped Springbok 7s player ever @CastleFreeSA @FNBSA @ASICS_ZA pic.twitter.com/t7JjNFJbyX
— Springbok Sevens (@Blitzboks) May 22, 2019
In 13 matches up to that time, he had 10 tries before suffering a hamstring injury that saw him sit out of Hong Kong and Singapore.
Fit and ready for London, and reflecting on his recovery, he said: “Doing rehab instead of playing is never the first option. It does give you time though to work on certain elements of your game and get the body strong again.
“I was itching to play and was ecstatic to hear that I was selected. I play in a position where the competition is fierce.”
Du Plessis said the battle for selection to the Blitzboks squad provided healthy competition and motivation to push hard.
“Shakes [Siviwe Soyizwapi] had an outstanding year so far, while Angelo [Davids] and Mfundo [Ndhlovu] also enjoyed good runs when they played,” he said to South Africa Rugby.
“But the good thing is that we really push each other in training, which brings out the best in you. I was fortunate enough to make the team this time, so I will do my best not to disappoint the trust coach Neil [Powell] showed.
“Also, playing for the guys in this squad, you cannot but give your best as you know they will be doing the same for you.”
The London venue has been a scene of some memorable moments for the Blitzboks in the world series, having been crowned champions in 2017.
This weekend in London, South Africa face Japan, Canada and Argentina in Pool A.
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