Glasgow 7s Pool A: Brown ruled out for SA
South Africa’s hopes of winning the HSBC Sevens World Series crown have been dealt a massive blow with the news that captain Kyle Brown was withdrawn as he has not fully recovered from the concussion sustained in Hong Kong.
Cecil Afrika will also miss the last two rounds in Glasgow and London following the groin injury he suffered in Hong Kong.
Mark Richards, who last played for the Springbok Sevens during the first round of the World Series at the Gold Coast in Australia, replaces Afrika, and Shaun Adendorff comes in for Brown, while there is some good news for coach Neil Powell in that Chris Dry has recovered from injury.
Squad: Chris Dry, Philip Snyman, Frankie Horne, Jamba Ulengo, Werner Kok, Shaun Adendorff, Branco du Preez, Stephan Dippenaar, Justin Geduld, Mark Richards, Kwagga Smith, Seabelo Senatla
DJ Forbes will lead the New Zealand Sevens side in their bid to win this year's HSBC Sevens World Series.
New Zealand currently lead the Series by seven points over South Africa, a side they face in Pool A, but will again be without the services of Tomasi Cama.
Gordon Tietjens has named one debutant in Adam Whitelock with Joe Webber also returning from injury to take the places of George Tilsley and Marty McKenzie.
Squad: Scott Curry, Ambrose Curtis, Sam Dickson, DJ Forbes (c), Bryce Heem, Akira Ioane, Gillies Kaka, Ben Lam, Tim Mikkelson, Sherwin Stowers, Joe Webber, Adam Whitelock
Levi Asifaamatala has been named captain of the Samoa Sevens side for the final two rounds by coach Viliamu Punivalu.
Samoa are currently lying in sixth place in the overall standings having disappointed in the two rounds in Asia, losing in the Shield final in Tokyo to collect just two Series points, before picking up five in Hong Kong by losing in the Bowl semi finals.
Squad: Levi Asifaamatala (c), Fale Sooialo, Lio Lolo, Faalemiga Selesele, Oneone Faafou, Greg Foe, Sani Niue, Faamanatu Sofara Mai, Tila Mealoi, Tulolo Tulolo, Ritchie Ah Chong, Samoa Toloa