21 Sep 2020
Selvyn Davids and JC Pretorius have been named in the 2019-20 World Rugby Sevens Series Dream Team.
Scott Curry (New Zealand), Tavite Veredamu (France), Napolioni Bolaca (Fiji), Jordan Conroy (Ireland) and Aminiasi Tuimaba (Fiji) were also included.
The team was selected by the Sevens Series Awards panel, comprising former international sevens players and series commentators.
Davids, who scored 109 points for the Blitzboks in 33 matches with 11 tries and 27 conversions, also made 52 runs, topped only by Pretorius.
The 21-year-old forward not only made 53 runs, but also scored 13 tries and made 41 tackles in 27 matches, placing him second in both categories for the Blitzboks.
'It certainly is a dream come true and very unexpected,' said Davids of his selection.
Davids particularly enjoyed his try against Argentina in Sydney, where he outpaced a number of defenders in an 80m run.
'I cannot recall ever having to run that far for a try!' he said.
The Blitzboks’ victory at the Los Angeles Sevens was his stand-out moment in the season.
'I wasn't on the field anymore when we scored to force extra time and then got the winning try in sudden death, but even from the side, that was an amazing feeling. In fact, I still get goosebumps just talking about it.'
Pretorius concurred: 'That was special yes. My favourite try was against Japan in Cape Town though. Just playing in front of our home fans for the first time was such a special moment for me and when I scored my first try in front of them, it was such an amazing feeling.'
For Pretorius, his Dream Team selection was equally surreal.
'It has been a dream of mine to make this team, but even so, I am still a bit stunned,' he said.