Cape Town - Junior Springbok coach Dawie
Theron made two changes to his match-23 for the World Rugby Under-20
Championship semi-final clash against defending champions England on Monday
evening in Calvisano, Italy.
Western Province flank Rikus Bothma takes
over the No 6 jersey form his provincial team-mate Jacques Vermeulen while
Malcolm Jaer (EP Kings) comes in on the bench to replace Grant Hermanus (WP).
The rest of the match squad who defeated
Australia in Calvisano last Wednesday, were kept unchanged.
Theron said the changes are part of the
team’s rotational policy.
“We know this tournament is a marathon and
not a sprinting race and we therefore have to be sensible with our player
management process. All the players are fit and in good shape and now they must
go out and do the business.
“We are not looking at England’s previous
result (they lost to France in their final pool match). They are in the
semi-finals and will be looking to play in a third successive final. We know
they will be highly motivated and will definitely have a good plan against us,”
Theron and his management staff have
managed the activities of the Junior Bok squad very carefully during the past
“Although we have seen some rain here the
past few days, the weather is still hot and humid and we therefore tried to
give the players as must rest as possible.
“They are refreshed again and I am very
pleased with their attitude and readiness. Earlier today (Sunday) we took them
for an outing to Maranello, which they thoroughly enjoyed, and will finish off
our preparations with the captains run in the early evening,” according to
The match starts at 20:30 and will be
televised live on SuperSport in South Africa. New Zealand and France clash in
the other semi-final at 18:30 at the same venue.
The Junior Springbok team to face England
Under-20 on Monday in Calvisano:
15. Warrick Gelant (Blue Bulls)
14. Khanyo Ngcukana (Western Province)
13. EW Viljoen (Western Province)
12. Daniel du Plessis (Western Province)
11. Leolin Zas (Western Province)
10. Brendon Thomson (DHL Western Province)
9. Ivan van Zyl (Blue Bulls)
8. Hanro Liebenberg (Blue Bulls)
7. Jean-Luc du Preez (Sharks)
Rikus Bothma (Western Province)
5. RG Snyman (Vodacom Blue Bulls)
4. Jason Jenkins (Blue Bulls)
3. Thomas du Toit (Sharks)
2. Joseph Dweba (Free State Cheetahs)
1. Ox Nche (Free State Cheetahs)
16. Jan van der Merwe (Blue Bulls)
17. Mzamo Majola (Sharks)
18. Frans van Wyk (Western Province)
19. Hyron Andrews (Sharks)
20. Dan du Preez (Sharks)
21. Marco Jansen van Vuren (Golden Lions)
22. Tinus de Beer (Blue Bulls)
23. Malcolm Jaer (EP Kings)