Cheetahs outside back Philip Snyman has signed a two-year contract with the Springbok Sevens and will play for the Blitzbokke until 2014.
Robert Ebersohn (Cheetahs centre and captain) as well as Warren Whiteley (Golden Lions, loose forward) also joined the Blitzbokke at their base camp in Stellenbosch and will be available for selection for the next four HSBC Sevens World Series tournaments in Dubai, Port Elizabeth, Wellington and Las Vegas.
Snyman (seven tournaments) and Ebersohn (11 tournaments) have both represented the Springbok Sevens before their decision to concentrate on Currie Cup and Super Rugby. This is Whiteley's first call-up to the Blitzbokke.
The two Free State players add a wealth of experience to the Blitzbokke squad, which was further bolstered by the addition of Cheetahs scrum-half Kevin Luiters,Western Province U21 winger Tshepo Manaka and Sharks U21 centre Piet Lindeque.
The six players joined the rest of the Springbok Sevens training squad who all reported for duty again earlier this week for the first time since returning from the Gold Coast Sevens, where the team finished third after losing only one of their six matches.
Injuries to Springbok Sevens stalwart Cecil Afrika (knee) and Tshotsho Mbovane (fractured finger) has prompted the Blitzbokke management to call-up extra cover, hence the addition of Cheetahs livewire scrumhalf Luiters, speedy left wing Manaka and Lindeque.