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With the 2016-17 HSBC World Sevens Series wrapped up‚ Blitzboks coach Neil Powell had no hesitation in calling up 19-year-old academy player Marco Labuschagne for the final leg in London. The teenager replaces Tom Agaba who sustained a knee injury during last week’s victorious tournament in Paris‚ which sealed the overall World Series title for the Blitzboks. Sandile Ngcobo‚ who travelled to Paris as the official reserve player‚ will replace Agaba in the 12-man squad and Labuschagne will be the official reserve in the touring squad. Labuschagne‚ who matriculated from Voortrekker High School in Bethlehem in 2016‚ has been with the SA Rugby Sevens Academy in Stellenbosch since the beginning of 2017 and was extremely happy and proud to get the call-up. "I am so excited‚" he said. "This is a massive opportunity even if I don’t get a chance to play. Just to be with the squad and experience the series is a highlight for me. "The academy has been great for my development and among other th...

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