However, the team suffered an injury blow when Ryno Benjamin was ruled out of the next two tournaments after injuring his calf during training on Thursday morning, joining a number of key players on the side-lines.
Apart from Benjamin, stalwarts Werner Kok and Frankie Horne are long term injury casualties, while regular skipper Kyle Brown and playmaker Cecil Afrika are both nursing some niggles. This has prompted Springbok Sevens coach, Neil Powell, to include Carel du Preez and the uncapped Sandile Ngcobo.
Much of the hype in the build-up to this week's tournament in Wellington has focussed on the blockbuster clash between South Africa and tournament hosts New Zealand, which is the feature match on the opening day of the two-day event.
Scotland and Russia are the two other Pool A-opponents, and the South African camp is determined not to get carried away by their success in Cape Town last December or their mouth-watering clash against the hosts.