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The Blitzboks rugby sevens team have embarked on a road show and delivered inspirational messages to pupils at Grey College and Willem Postma Primary School in Bloemfontein, Hentie Cilliers High School in Virginia and Riebeekstad High School in Riebeekstad.

They also spent time on Wednesday with rugby players and administrators at the Harmony Sports School outside Virginia during the road show in the Free State.

The Blitzboks only arrived back in South Africa on Tuesday morning after winning the 2016/17 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in London on Sunday, but wasted no time to thank those who played a role in the team’s success along the way.

All four institutions played a significant role in the careers of a number of Blitzboks. The visit, supported by team sponsor Steinhoff International proved to be a massive inspiration to the pupils, who received the Blitzboks with great enthusiasm.

Players also spent time with learners after the assemblies to take selfies and posed with the World Series Trophy.

Springbok Sevens captain, Philip Snyman, and World Series Dream Team member, Chris Dry, told the Grey College learners about their journey to the top of the World Series.

Snyman also urged the learners to leave legacies, whether in sport, academics or cultural activities, while Dry said the biggest asset for anyone is to embrace the opportunities presented to you.

Fellow World Series Dream Team member Rosko Speckman had the Grey learners in stitches with his recollection of some of the best moments the Blitzboks had on the field.

BlitzboksIn the picture, Siviwe Soyizwapi poses for a selfie at Hentie Cilliers in Virginia.

Coach Neil Powell shared some wisdom with the junior kids at Willem Postma Primary, urging them reach out to other people, one of the core values the Springbok Sevens team underwrites.

During a visit to Riebeekstad, school of the Blitzboks record try-scorer, Seabelo Senatla, the message by South African Sevens’ all-time career points scorer Cecil Afrika was  simple, but strong. He told learners that if their dreams in life are not scary, these are probably not ambitious enough.

Both Afrika and Branco du Preez attended Hentie Cilliers High School, and Du Preez made it clear to pupils that you can make it to the top if the desire is strong enough. It does not matter where you may be from, a small town or school should not stop anyone from becoming the best person he can be, Du Preez told the appreciative audience.

The team also had a short stop-over at Harmony Sports Academy, where Afrika and Du Preez were hosted during their high school years, as well as Senatla, during a gap year after school.

The Blitzboks will visit a number of media outlets in Johannesburg on Thursday to thank them for their support during the 2016/17 season, and then depart for Cape Town on Thursday evening.


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