Baby Boks to start preparations
Dawie Theron (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - South Africa under-20 head coach Dawie Theron on Monday named 34 players for the latest training camp in preparation for the IRB Junior World Championship to be played in France in June.
The Baby Boks will defend the title won in South Africa last year.
The camp, to be held in Stellenbosch between 14 and 27 January, will include trials and friendly matches against the Universities of the Western Cape (UWC), Stellenbosch (Maties) and Cape Town (Ikeys).
“This is a very important camp for us,” Theron said.
“We need to settle on a squad and this will be another opportunity for us to do so. There are a lot of boxes that we will have to tick in the two weeks of the camp to make sure we are on track.
“The trials should confirm our selections and the training matches will give us a better idea of the various combinations available to us. We will also have to settle on our game plan once we have a clear understanding of our playing personnel.”
The SA Under-20s will face UWC on 18 January, Maties on 23 January and UCT on 26 January. The friendlies will be played in Stellenbosch and Cape Town.The SA Under-20 training squad is: Fullbacks:
Cheslin Kolbe, Tim Swiel (Western Province)Wings:
Seabelo Senatla (Free State Cheetahs), Luther Obi, Sylvian Mahuza (Leopards)Centres: Jan Serfontein
, Dries Swanepoel (Blue Bulls), Justin Gedult, JP Lewis (Western Province), Tyler Fisher (KZN)Flyhalves:
Handré Pollard (Blue Bulls), Robert du Preez (KZN)Scrumhalves:
Kirshwin Williams (Golden Lions), Hanco Venter, Stefan Ungerer (KZN)Loose Forwards:
Leneve Dames, Roelof Smit, Ruan Steenkamp (all Blue Bulls), Albertus Smit (Golden Lions), Jurie van Vuuren (Western Province)Locks:
Dennis Visser, Irné Herbst, Jacques du Plessis, Marvin Orie (all Blue Bulls)Props:
Justin Forwood, Andrew Beerwinkel, Neethling Fouché (all Blue Bulls), Luan de Bruin (Free State Cheetahs), Marnè Coetzee (KZN), Sti Sithole (Western Province)Hookers:
Jacques du Toit (Free State Cheetahs), Devon Martinus (Golden Lions), Morné du Plessis (KZN), Freddie Kirsten (Western Province)