Cape Town - SARU has confirmed the 28-man Junior Springbok squad for a two-match series against Argentina Under-20 in Rosario next month.
The squad will be led by Bulls number eight Hanro Liebenberg, who also captained the Junior Boks last week in their match against the Varsity Cup Dream Team in Stellenbosch.
The Junior Springboks fly out to Argentina on May 8 and return 10 days later. They will play against their Argentine counterparts, on May 12 and 16 in Rosario.
A total of 17 forwards and 11 backs were selected for the trip. The short tour forms an important part of the Junior Springboks’ preparations for the World Rugby Under-20 Championship in June in Italy.
According to Dawie Theron, the Junior Springbok coach, the tour against the Los Pumitas will give his squad important playing time against strong opposition.
“We only have three matches left before we play in the Under-20 Championship in Italy. Two are against Argentina Under-20 and the remaining outing will be against the WP Rugby Institute in Stellenbosch. So this tour is vital for our preparations,” Theron emphasised.
He added: “Argentina is a very tough team to play, especially on their home ground so we can brace ourselves for two tough, physical clashes. The boys did well to come out on top of a very good Varsity Cup Dream Team last week and now we will have another two matches to try our combinations and give much needed game time to our players.”
Sharks flyhalf Innocent Radebe, who had a very solid match last week in Stellenbosch for the Varsity Cup Dream Team against the Junior Boks, was ruled out of the tour because of an ankle injury he sustained while on Vodacom Cup duty this past weekend.
The Junior Springbok squad to tour Argentina from May 8-18 are:
Hyron Andrews (Sharks)
Dan du Preez (Sharks)
Jean-Luc du Preez (Sharks)
Thomas du Toit (Sharks)
Joseph Dwebe (Free State Cheetahs)
Njabulo Gumede (Blue Bulls)
Jason Jenkins (Blue Bulls)
Ruan Kramer (Free State Cheetahs)
*Hanro Liebenberg (Bulls – captain)
Mzamo Majola (Sharks)
Ox Nche (Free State Cheetahs)
Abongile Nonkontwana (Blue Bulls)
RG Snyman (Blue Bulls)
Jan van der Merwe (Blue Bulls)
Frans van Wyk (Western Province)
CJ Velleman (EP Kings)
Jacques Vermeulen (Western Province)
Daniel du Plessis (Western Province)
Warrick Gelant (Blue Bulls)
Grant Hermanus (Western Province)
JT Jackson (Blue Bulls)
Malcolm Jaer (EP Kings)
Marco Janse van Vuuren (Golden Lions)
Khanyo Ngcukana (Western Province)
Ernst Stapelberg (Western Province)
Brandon Thomson (Western Province)
Ivan van Zyl (Blue Bulls)
Leolin Zas (Western Province)