EP Kings player gets called up to Blitzboks squad

BY MARC JACOBSON - FEBRUARY 2, 2016

Loose-forward, Tim Agaba, was on Monday called up to the Springbok Sevens squad to replace the injured, Justin Geduld.

Geduld suffered a shoulder injury after an awkward tackle against New Zealand in their pool match on Saturday morning. He was not able to play at all on Sunday and is returning home for Agaba to replace him ahead of the Sydney HSBC Sevens this coming weekend.

Agaba signed a full-time contract with the national squad only a few months ago after representing the EP Kings in the 2015 Currie Cup campaign. He is considered by officials as having a very bright future ahead of him – at both EP Rugby and the South African Sevens.

Springbok Sevens Coach, Neil Powell, told AlgoaFM News that Agaba now has the opportunity to showcase what he is capable of at the highest level.

“He played very well for the EP Kings in the Currie Cup and also starred for the SA Rugby Sevens Academy side in their three tournaments recently in Dubai and South America respectively,” said Powell.

“Tim only joined our setup recently and I know he is still inexperienced. But the only way to test whether a player is capable of playing at this level is by giving him a chance.”

The 26-year-old Agaba will slot in at the forwards, while Dylan Sage moves to the back-line.

The Springbok Sevens team arrived in Sydney, Australia, on Monday following their heart-breaking loss in the cup final to New Zealand, in the Wellington 7s, last weekend.

South Africa is placed in Pool B for the Sydney 7s tournament, where they will face Kenya, Scotland and Russia. The Blitzboks also paired up with Scotland and Russia in their Wellington pool and beat Russia 54-0 and Scotland 28-5.