Large group invited to Junior Bok trials

2016-03-24 19:05
Dawie Theron (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Three bronze medal winners from last year’s World Rugby Under-20 Championship, JT Jackson, Tinus de Beer and Marco Jansen van Vuren, are amongst an exciting group of 56 players invited to a Junior Springbok trials camp in Cape Town next week.

Jackson, De Beer (both Vodacom Blue Bulls) and Jansen van Vuren (Xerox Golden Lions) were part of the 2015 squad which helped the Junior Springboks to third place at the Under-20 tournament in Italy.

The 2016 tournament takes place in Manchester, England in June.

The group will assemble in Cape Town on Tuesday, 29 March and will spend almost a week at a training camp before the squad will be trimmed.

The training squad will be based in Newlands during their six-day stay in the Mother City and will have several planning and on-field training sessions before the all-important set of matches next Friday at City Park Stadium in Crawford.

Dawie Theron, his management and staff members of SA Rugby’s Rugby Department have been working hard behind the scenes to put the necessary arrangements in place for the squad assembly, training camp and trials.

Theron said he was keen to start with the on-field preparations for the tournament.

“The announcement of the trail group is the culmination of a lot of hard work behind the scenes,” according to Theron.

“Unfortunately, we will not be able to play training matches this year against the Varsity Cup Dream team or Argentina. That has resulted in a change in our familiar approach of the past two years or so. However, we are planning several matches against local club sides and hope to finalise those fixtures shortly.”

Junior Springbok trials squad (position in brackets):

Vodacom Blue Bulls

Jan-Henning Campher (hooker)

Tinus de Beer (flyhalf)

Aston Fortuin (lock)

Stedman Gans (centre)

Denzel Hill (No 8)

Jaco Holtzhausen (prop)

JT Jackson (centre)

Manie Libbok (flyhalf)

Andell Loubser (wing)

Franco Naude (centre)

Divan Rossouw (wing)

Hendre Stassen (lock)

Eli Snyman (lock)

Gavin van den Berg (prop)

Franco van den Berg (prop)

Luigy van Jaarsveld (No 8)

Toyota Free State Cheetahs

De Wet Bezuidenhout (flank)

Mosolwa Mafuma (wing)

Victor Maruping (flank) 

Xerox Golden Lions

Le Roux Baard (hooker)

Marco Jansen van Vuren (scrumhalf)

Rhyno Herbst (lock)

EP Kings

Lusanda Badiyana (flank)

Tango Balelike (hooker)

Michael Brink (flyhalf)

James Hall (scrumhalf)

Nicolaas Oosthuizen (prop)

Lupumlo Mguca (prop)

Junior Pokomela (No 8)  

Roche van Zyl (prop)

Keanu Vers (fullback)

Jeremy Ward (centre)

Stephanus Nieuwoudt (flanker)


Benhard Janse van Rensburg (flyhalf)

Cell C Sharks

Curwin Bosch (fullback)

Morne Joubert (fullback)

S’busiso Nkosi (wing)

Zweli Siluale (wing)

DHL Western Province

Saud Abrahams (flank)

Ruan Brits (hooker)

Paul de Wet (scrumhalf)

Eduan Keyter (fullback)

Daniel Maree (flank)

Gary Porter (lock)

Duncan Saal (wing)

Carlo Sadie (prop)

Tiaan Swanepoel (fullback)

Ernst van Rhyn (flank)

Jaco Willemse (lock)

Eduard Zandberg (lock)

Jaco Coetzee (No 8)

Zane Davids (flank)

Ruben de Villiers (lock)

Wikus Groenewald (prop)

Edwill van der Merwe (wing)

Kuyenseka Xaba (flank)


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