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Ngcobo steps down, Snyman takes charge of Blitzboks

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The Blitzboks have been desperately poor for some time, and a pale shadow of the side that won world titles under former coach Neil Powell.

Philip Snyman (left) will take over as head coach of the SA Sevens team after Sandile Ngcobo (right) stepped down from the position. File Picture: Shaun Roy, BackpagePix

Mike Greenaway

Blitzboks coach Sandile Ngcobo has fallen on his sword in response to the team’s poor run of form in the World Sevens Series. Ngcobo’s assistant, Philip Snyman, steps up into the head coach role and will take the team to the Hong Kong Sevens in the first week of April.

The Blitzboks have been desperately poor for some time, and a pale shadow of the side that won world titles under former coach Neil Powell. The heat has been cranked up on the coaching staff following lowly finishes in the Canada and USA legs of the Series, and Ngcobo has shouldered the blame.

He returns to the role of coaching the next generation of sevens players at the SA Sevens Academy.

The Blitzboks, who had finished in the top two in 12 of the previous 16 seasons, are seventh on the standings after finishing ninth and 11th in Vancouver and Los Angeles, respectively.

If the team fails to finish in the top eight of the standings, they will be required to play in a promotion and relegation series.

“We have a talented and experienced group of sevens players, but they have underperformed since winning the opening event of the World Series in Dubai, and results have worsened,” said Rian Oberholzer, CEO of SA Rugby.

“We have yet to qualify for the Olympics, and there is a danger that the team will not automatically retain its core status on the series.

“We greatly appreciate the honesty of Sandile’s approach, and must praise him for placing the team’s needs above his personal ambitions.”

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