Cape Town - SA Under-20 coach Dawie Theron
is excited with the depth at his disposal after almost 100 players took part in
a trials camp in Kimberley this week.
Theron used the camp as a
first step to assembling the best U20 team possible for next year’s Junior
World Championships, which will be hosted in South Africa in June.
“The physicality, speed and
individual skills of the players really impressed me,” said Theron at the
conclusion of the camp.
“We realise the importance of
next year’s Junior World Championships and that is why we already got the ball
rolling in our quest to select the best squad possible in 2012. I think this
trials camp was a massive success – we certainly have a lot of talented young
rugby players in South Africa.”
Theron roped in the help of
four provincial coaches during the camp. Nazeem Adams (WP), Paul Anthony (Blue
Bulls), Hans Coetzee (Golden Lions) and Sean Everett (Sharks) all attended the
camp and shared the coaching duties with the trials team with Theron.
“It was great having the
provincial coaches there to help. They know the players very well and also
added valuable input with the training of the various trials teams,” said
“With this camp, we cast our
net very wide. A number of players from the B-division teams really caught the
eye and at the same time, we were probably without 10 to 15 players who could
not attend the camp due to injury, their involvement with Vodacom Super Rugby
training squads or because they are writing their matric exams.”
The next step, according to
Theron, is to narrow the squad down to 45 players, who will be invited to a
camp in the Western Cape, which starts later this month.
“Ideally we’d like to invite
three players in each position, so I’m currently sitting with the national
selectors to ensure we get the best players to the Cape at the end of the
month. There we will work more specifically on playing patterns and individual
skills,” he said.
The SA U20 High Performance
camp will take place between 27 November and 7 December.