Davids prepared to make positional switch for Blitzboks Olympic push

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Blitzboks star Angelo Davids is set to make a positional switch at the behest of coach Neil Powell.

Davids will be running at the Lions from the hooker position in the Blitzboks warm-up match in Johannesburg on Friday.

Angelo Davids prepared to make positional switch

The 22-year-old, who has dotted down 18 times in 32 matches for the Blitzboks, has true try-scoring ability on the wing, but he is open to the experience of packing down among the forwards.

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“I am more than willing to move to hooker, although only in sevens, not fifteens,” Davids said with a big smile on his face.

“It is what is best for the team and if coach feels that I will contribute more by playing there, I will do so. Last time out it worked out well, but then Shakes (Soyizwapi) got injured and I moved back to wing.

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“So, the next two days will be all about picking up on the smaller details, getting the technical stuff right and having a proper go at it.

“We are all desperate to make that final Olympic squad and many sacrifices have been made so far on this journey. Not playing in my preferred position is one I will gladly make, especially if that helps my chances to make the side.”

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Blitzboks brotherhood remains strong

Despite players pushing each other for that final spot, the brotherhood in the Blitzboks remains strong, Davids claims.

“We had a very productive team building and the guys really opened up on what it means to them to play for the team, but also for the guy next to them,” said Davids.

“That was pretty inspiring, so everyone will be rooting for whoever makes the final selection. For me, having been handed this extra challenge of playing at hooker is great and I am really looking forward to the games tomorrow.

“Coach Neil has asked us to make it impossible for him not to select us, so I am hoping to give him a good headache,” Davids laughed.

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In just over 30 days from now, the Blitzboks – in the colours of Team South Africa – will start a long-haul flight to Japan, with the gold medal in Rugby Sevens at the 2021 Olympic Games in Tokyo their main aim.

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