Sandile Ngcobo will coach the side and SA Rugby's High-Performance Manager, Marius Schoeman, will assist and do duty as team manager.

Schoeman explained their participation in the tournament, which will have South Africa A face Zambia, Zimbabwe and Algeria in the first round.

“We were asked to step in after one of the original participants withdrew, so we had to get ready on short notice,” said Snyman

“That said, the players have been working with coach Sandile over the last couple of weeks and although this event comes as somewhat of a surprise, it will be a nice opportunity to be tested by other international sides,” reckons Schoeman.

Some of the new faces excelled during the FNB Varsity Cup and those performances got them onto our radar, while someone like Joubert Schoeman recently played for the SA Students Sevens at the Students Sevens World Cup.

“This can almost be seen as a restart of our academy that worked so well in the past and that was instrumental in us being so successful on the world stage. These players will be tested and moulded, and come back better,” Schoeman said.

The first leg of the tournament will be played this weekend and a second tournament will take place next weekend.

A: Kenya, Madagascar, Nigeria, Mauritius
B: Uganda, Burkina Faso, Tunisia, Cote d'Ivoire
C: South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Algeria

The Springbok Sevens A squad for Mauritius:

1. Jayden Nell

2. ⁠David Brits

3. ⁠James Murphy

4. ⁠Joubert Schoeman

5. ⁠Jeffwin Wesso

6. ⁠Jaiden Baron

7. ⁠Kyle Cyster

8. ⁠Rowan Malgas

9. ⁠Mpho Kubheka

10. ⁠Mfundo Ndhlovu

11. ⁠Sebastiaan Jobb

12. ⁠Siyabonga Ndlozi

13. ⁠Ntokozo Makhaza