South Africa’s Springbok Sevens eye Olympic sevens gold at end of long tunnel
26 May 2021 | 11:13 am
South Africa's Springbok Sevens are preparing for the Olympic Games in Tokyo with one goal in mind: bringing back a gold medal. Disappointed by their third place finish at the Rio Olympics, they want to follow in the footsteps of the national rugby union team, who won the World Cup in Japan in 2019.
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