Cape Town - South
Africa Under-20 head coach, Dawie Theron, has picked a strong match-day squad
for their World Rugby Under-20 Championship opener against Japan on Tuesday.
23 players, seven have represented different universities in the Varsity
Cup, while two did duty for the Varsity
Shield's UKZN. The future of South African rugby is also represented by six
Young Guns players.
UP-Tuks have the most players in the Junior Bok team to face Japan with seven
across all Varsity Cup competitions.
starting line-up, centre JT Jackson and lock Eli Snyman represented UP-Tuks
in the Varsity Cup, while prop Jaco Holtzhausen donned UP-Tuks Young Guns
colours this season. On the bench, a further four players ran out for UP-Tuks Young Guns this year and they are: hooker Franco van der Berg, prop
Jan-Henning Campher, loose forward Denzel Hill and utility back Franco Naude.
UP-Tuks Young Guns head coach, Jaco Pienaar, who orchestrated his team's
title-winning campaign in his first year in charge, is happy for his players
that were selected for the opening match.
glad for our guys. It is a great honour to play for your country and play on
the international stage. We are very proud of them," said Pienaar.
Junior Springboks face Japan Under-20 at the Academy Stadium
in Manchester, England.
Kick-off is scheduled for 16:15 (SA time) on Tuesday.
Junior Springbok team:
15. Curwin Bosch (UKZN), 14. S’busiso Nkosi (UKZN), 13. Jeremy Ward (captain, NMMU),
12. JT Jackson (UP-Tuks), 11. Mosolwa Mafuma (UFS), 10. Manie Libbok, 9. James
Hall, 8. Junior Pokomela (NMMU), 7. Ernst van Rhyn, 6. Zain Davids, 5. Eli
Snyman (UP-Tuks), 4. Cobus Wiese, 3. Jaco Holtzhausen (UP-Tuks Young Guns), 2.
Tango Balekile (NMMU), 1. Kwenzo Blose (UFS Young Guns)
16. Franco van den
Berg (UP-Tuks Young Guns), 17. Jan-Henning Campher (UP-Tuks Young Guns), 18.
Carlü Sadie, 19. Ruben de Villiers, 20. Denzel Hill (UP-Tuks Young Guns), 21.
Embrose Papier, 22. Franco Naude (UP-Tuks Young Guns), 23. Keanu Vers (NMMU)