Cape Town - Four
players will make their first appearance at the third SA Rugby Under-20
alignment camp in Stellenbosch this week after being invited by Junior
Springbok coach Chean Roux as the planning phase continues for the SA Rugby
Academy and SA U20 season in the next few months.
Ndimande (loose forward), JJ Kotze (hooker), Keenan Opperman (loose forward) and
Simon Miller (utility forward) will feature in the camps for the first time in
a group of 18 players.
and Kotze, in particular, are familiar with a number of the squad members, as
they played alongside some of them in the SA Under-19 team on their two-match
tour to Georgia late last year.
Of the 18
players, 12 attended the two opening camps, and another two players - 2019
Junior Springbok player of the year Jaden Hendrikse (scrumhalf), and Rynhardt
Jonker (centre) - attended the second camp last week.
alignment camps have been valuable in allowing us to work with the players and
to guide them in terms of our standards and expectations with an eye on the
talent identification process for the SA Rugby Academy programme and the Junior
Springbok squad,” said Roux.
players who have attended the last two camps are grasping the structures well,
so we are pleased with the progress we are making.
we welcome JJ, Keenan, Simon, Thabo and I am sure they will slot in with ease
since they have either played with or against most of the players in this group
at some stage.”
and last alignment camp will follow from February 24 to 27, while the SA Rugby
Academy will run from Thursday, March 12 to mid-May.
Rugby U20 alignment camp squad:
Alberts (Golden Lions; lock)
Donald (Blue Bulls; prop)
Dube (Sharks; prop)
Brandon (Golden Lions; flanker)
Gumede (Sharks; flanker)
Jaden Hendrikse (Sharks; scrumhalf)
Jacobs (Sharks; prop)
(Western Province; hooker)
Rynhardt Jonker (Sharks; centre)
Keanan Opperman (Blue Bulls; loose forward)
Mdletshe (Sharks; prop)
Simon Miller (Blue Bulls; utility forward)
Ncube (Sharks; lock)
Ndimande (Golden Lions; flanker)
Roos (Sharks; No 8)
Sangweni (Golden Lions; loose forward)
der Merwe (Sharks; hooker)
van Heerden (Sharks; lock)