Zain proud to represent SA in the States

2018-07-19 08:59
The three Academy players that are now part of the SA Sevens team for the Sevens World Cup in San Francisco are, from left: Dewald Human, Zain Davids and Selvyn Davids. The World Cup runs from Friday 20 to Sunday 22 July. Photo: Avril Fiellies.

The three Academy players that are now part of the SA Sevens team for the Sevens World Cup in San Francisco are, from left: Dewald Human, Zain Davids and Selvyn Davids. The World Cup runs from Friday 20 to Sunday 22 July. Photo: Avril Fiellies.

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To represent your country at the World Rugby Sevens Tournament in San Francisco in the United States and be the HSBC World Sevens champion is not a privilege bestowed on all. Zain Davids (21) of Grassy Park was capped at the capping ceremony in Stellenbosch before the SA Sevens team’s departure on Friday as one of the 12 and he is currently also a member of the HSBC Sevens champions after back-to-back victories.

“I am honoured and privileged to be part of the group going to the States. We are ranked number one for the tournament and we know we have a target on our backs. To be selected was not an easy task because the competition for a place in the squad was fierce,” Davids says.

Many of the regular players are injured or busy with rehabilitation and the young players had to pull out all the stops to impress Neil Powell (coach) to show that they should have a berth in the team.

“I’ve been part of the Blitsboks the past two years and made my debut in Hamilton, New Zealand. I replaced Philip Snyman, the captain, when he was injured in Dubai. Before stepping up from the SA Sevens Academy team into the Blitsboks I was playing for them and coached by Marius Schoeman,” Davids says.

He played for Western Province u.21 and was selected for the Junior Springboks for the World SA Junior Championship in Tbilisi in Georgia in May 2017.

“Selvyn Davids and Dewald Human and I made the Blitsboks at the same time and we are now in the team that is going to America. After my debut in New Zealand I went on to play in Sydney, Las Vegas, Vancouver, Hong Kong and Singapore before I joined the Junior Boks in Georgia,” Davids says.

In January this year he was part of the SA Academy team that played in Uruguay and Chile before playing in the Hong Kong Sevens.

“The Blitsboks were all at the Commonwealth Games in Australia and the Academy team took their place in Hong Kong where we won the bronze medal. We surprised everyone at the tournament by beating big guns like Scotland, England and France and narrowly lost out to Fiji in the semi-final. Hopefully we’ll go one better on them at this weekend’s tournament,” Davids says.

Playing with the Blitsboks has helped the three of them and Ryan Oosthuizen to thrive in Sevens.

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