Cape Town – Only 26
players will get the opportunity to represent the South Africa under-20 rugby
team in the World Championship in Italy and for 30 that dream moved a step
closer to reality on Monday.
South Africa under-20
coach Dawie Theron reduced his squad from 40 to 30 after an impressive trial
match on Saturday.
It came as no surprise
that Theron picked all three of his scrumhalves – Ricky Schroeder, Lohan Jacobs
and Kevin Luiters – again.
It could not have been
easy because just about every one of the players impressed in the unpleasant
weather conditions.The under-20 squad will
play against Western Province’s Vodacom Cup team on Thursday. That will serve as
further trials for the squad that will go on a tour of Argentina in
While that squad is set
to provide a good indication of what the final squad will look like, there are
still a few players that may be called up at a later stage. They are the likes
of Sevens Springbok Paul Jordaan, Siya Kolisi (WP), Johan Goosen (Free State)
and Jaco Taute (Lions).
The reduced squad is:
Fullbacks: Ulrich Beyers, Riaan Britz. Wings: Emile Schwartz, Mandla Dube, Sizo
Maseko, Clarence Khumalo. Centres: Kobus Lourens, Heimar Williams, Piet
Lindeque. Flyhalves: Tony Jantjies, Sam Lane. Scrumhalves: Ricky Schroeder,
Lohan Jacobs, Kevin Luiters. Loose forwards: Arno Botha, Marcell Coetzee,
Brendan Groenewald, Jean Cook, Ernie Strydom, Nizaam Carr. Locks: Jose Julies,
Eben Etzebeth, Carl Wegner, Ruan Venter. Hookers: Bongi Mbonambi, Baksteen van
Heerden. Props: Stefan Kotze, John Roy Jenkins, Nick Schonnet, Juan