Rugby

Powerful Baby Bok side named

2012-04-25 13:06
SA Under-20 coach Dawie Theron (File)
Cape Town - Blue Bulls flank Wian Liebenberg will lead a powerful SA Under-20 team at the IRB Junior World Championship 2012 in Cape Town, the South African Rugby Union announced on Tuesday.

SARU named the 28-man squad during a media conference held at the Stellenbosch Academy of Sport.

Cheetahs flyhalf Johan Goosen, Stormers prop Steven Kitshoff, Lions lock Paul Willemse, Pieter-Steph du Toit (lock) and Paul Jordaan (centre, both of the Sharks) are the five squad members who have all played in the 2012 Vodacom Super Rugby competition.

The trio of Jordaan, William Small-Smith (centre) and Tshotsho Mbovane (wing) also boast international experience, having represented the Springbok Sevens in the HSBC Sevens World Series.
 
Several squad members also played Varsity Cup and Vodacom Cup rugby, while Marvin Orie led the Tuks Under-20 team to success in the Varsity Cup Young Guns competition.

Flyhalf Tony Jantjies is the younger brother of Elton, the Springbok pivot. Last week the younger Jantjies helped the SA Under-20 training squad to 2-0 series win over Argentina.

Dawie Theron, the SA Under-20 coach, said he was pleased with the squad and confident that the group of promising players will be able to stand up to the challenge of their formidable opponents.

“This is the best available group of players and I am delighted with the composition of the group. We are mindful of the fact that we did not perform to our potential last year, so that, and the fact that we are playing at home will obviously add to the pressure. The JWC is the pinnacle of a young player’s career and they will be determined to give it their best effort in front of our home fans,” added Theron.

The squad assembles on May 24 in Cape Town for a camp.

The SA Under-20 JWC group fixtures are as follows:

Monday, June 4 v Ireland (Danie Craven Stadium, 19:00)
Friday, June 8 v Italy (UWC Stadium, 19:00)
Tuesday, June 12 v England (Danie Craven Stadium, 19:00)

The full South Africa Under-20 squad for the Junior World Championship:

Surname

Name

Position

Provincial Union

Leyds

Dillyn

 Fullback

Western Province

Schmidt

Marais

 Fullback

Golden Lions

Ismaiel

Travis

 Wing

Blue Bulls

Jordaan

Paul

 Wing

Kwazulu-Natal

Mbovane

Tshotsho

 Wing

Western Province

Hammond

Dean

Wing

Western Province

Howard

Pat

Centre

Western Province

Serfontein

Jan

 Centre

Blue Bulls

Small-Smith

William

Centre

Blue Bulls

Goosen

Johan

Flyhalf

Free State

Jantjies

Tony

 Flyhalf

Blue Bulls

Griesel

Abrie

 Scrumhalf

Blue Bulls

Luiters

Kevin

 Scrumhalf

Free State

Adendorff 

Shaun 

 Flank

Blue Bulls

Booysen

Fabian

 Flank

Golden Lions

Majola

Khaya

 Flank

KwaZulu-Natal

Liebenberg (captain)

Wian

 Flank

Blue Bulls

Steyn

Braam

 Flank

KwaZulu-Natal

Du Toit

Pieter-Steph

 Lock

KwaZulu-Natal

Orie

Marvin

 Lock

Blue Bulls

Botha

Ruan

 Lock

Golden Lions

Willemse

Paul

 Lock

Golden Lions

Dell

Allan

 Prop

KwaZulu-Natal

Kebble

Oliver

 Prop

Western Province

Kitshoff

Steven

 Prop

Western Province

Van Dyk

Nicolaas

 Prop

KwaZulu-Natal

Pretorius

Mark

 Hooker

Golden Lions

Thomas

Jason

 Hooker

Blue Bulls


 

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