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How a broken leg explains Ricardo 'Tricky Ricky' Duarttee's instant Blitzbok cult hero status

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Ricardo Duarttee. (Photo by Christopher Pike/Getty Images)
Ricardo Duarttee. (Photo by Christopher Pike/Getty Images)

Ricardo Duarttee's instrumental role in reviving the Blitzboks' march towards a 10th Dubai Sevens title last weekend pleasantly surprised everyone, except the men who saw him tear defences to shreds as one of Hoërskool Stellenberg's talismans.

The 24-year-old gained almost instant cult status following his exploits in the UAE, where he, in particular, starred in the quarterfinal and semifinal victories, leading to television commentators Sean Maloney and Karl Te Nana nicknaming him "Tricky Ricky".

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