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Jr. Boks to benefit from break

2011-11-09 10:51

Cape Town – Junior Boks coach, Dawie Theron believes that he will have no problem in selecting the strongest possible squad for next years Junior World Championships, despite it taking place in the middle of the Super Rugby season.

With a rest period in next year’s Super 15 scheduled between 3 and 28 June 2012, Theron’s wishes could indeed be granted as the JWC will take place from 4 June 2012, with the final scheduled for 22 June 2012.

However, with Super Rugby coaches already releasing players to play in the June Test series against England, they may be reluctant to release any more players in the hope to preserve their squads for the remainder of the season

“Players like Johan Goosen and Steven Kitshoff-them will definitely be considered thanks to a break in the Super Rugby season,” said Dawie Theron in Wednesday’s Die Burger.

Goosen breathed new life into this season’s Currie Cup for the Cheetahs and provided hope to many a Bok supporter worried about South Africa’s pivot options for the future, while Kitshoff was a revelation to the Stormers when their front row resources were severely stretched throughout the season.

They have not joined Theron's training camp because of various reasons; Goosen has Cheetahs commitments while Kitshoff is still injured.

Goosen, along with Sharks centre, Paul Jordaan has already tasted JWC action, playing in the 2011 event where the Junior Boks eventually finished fifth. Jordaan is also missing from the training camp as he is still recovering from a spider bite

The Super 15 only reaches its conclusion at the end of July, the newly launched Rugby Championship which will only begin in the middle of August (The Tri-Nations usually started a month earlier in July), the rugby calendar has lengthened considerably for South African rugby players, something Goosen is all to aware of.

“With Super Rugby, the Junior Boks and later the Currie Cup, it will be a very busy season,” said Goosen.

Jordaan points out that even though he has not been contracted to the Blitzbokke, thus making him eligible to play in both Super Rugby and the JWC, everything depends on whether the Sharks will actually include him into their squad for start of next season.

“The Super Rugby season takes preference, the Blitzbokke after that and then finally come the Junior Boks. Everything depends on whether I make the Super Rugby squad or not,” Jordaan said.

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