CALLED UP: Marco Labuschagne

Neil Powell has called up 19-year-old Marco Labuschagne to replace injured Tim Agaba for this weekend’s final leg of the series in London.

SA Rugby Sevens Academy Manager Marius Schoeman praised coach Powell, for his willingness to pick Academy players.

The Blitzbok coach this year called Zain Davids, Stedman Gans, Selvyn Davids, Ryan Oosthuizen, Dewald Human and now Labuschagne into his squad to confirm his intention to build depth in the Blitzboks.

Schoeman says: “This is a great pathway, thanks to Neil’s willingness to give these guys the opportunity and we are really grateful for that.

“There is really a good understanding between us and the senior squad and it is something we are keen to maintain.”