The Blitzboks have been drawn in Pool B alongside Ireland, Canada and Kenya for the upcoming Los Angeles Sevens. The event will take place from 29 February to 1 March 2020.
South Africa finished second at the recently concluded Sydney Sevens having had a nightmare outing in New Zealand the weekend before.
The Blitzboks are currently second on the World Series overall standings on 67 points, behind New Zealand on 76.
In Los Angeles, the USA will be aiming to win their third straight title on home soil having been victorious in thrilling finals at both the 2018 and 2019 series in Las Vegas. They are currently sixth on the overall standings, after finishing third in Sydney.
In Pool A, reigning Olympic Champions Fiji, who came roaring back to form with victory in Sydney, will play France, Argentina and Korea who are the invitational team for the tournament.
Los Angeles Sevens 2020: Pool matchups
- South Africa
- New Zealand
This season’s World Series Sevens serves as a vital part of the build up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
World Rugby CEO Brett Gosper said: “Following an outstandingly successful and record-breaking Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018 in San Francisco, there is great excitement to see the best rugby sevens players in the world return to California and entertain what we expect to be a very engaged and international crowd at the Dignity Health Sports Park.”
“Rugby sevens is experiencing exponential global growth and as well as producing an incredible spectacle on the pitch, the men’s and women’s HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series reached all-time high fan engagement figures in 2019 with over 198 million video views, marking a 65 per cent increase on 2018.
“The USA is at the heart of the success story and their teams have made very strong progress in recent years with both men and women finishing runner-s up in the 2019 series. The USA teams will certainly be medal contenders at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, which are now less than six months away. We look forward to working closely with Los Angeles, a future Olympic host city, as rugby sevens continues to win new fans and go from strength to strength.”