Cape Town - Junior
Springbok coach Chean Roux named a group of 20 players featuring strong
international flavour for the second SA Rugby alignment camp in Stellenbosch
this week, with 16 players in the group having represented South Africa at
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Five players - Celimpilo Gumede (loose forward) Jaden Hendrikse (scrumhalf), Thabiso Mdletshe
(prop), Sibusiso Sangweni (loose forward) and Emile van Heerden (lock) -
participated in the 2019 World Rugby U20 Championship in Argentina, while they
also travelled to Georgia in December last year with another 11 members of the
squad as part of the SA U19 team.
alignment camp is the second of four scheduled camps to be hosted at the
Stellenbosch Academy of Sport, and will run from Monday, 10 to Thursday,
will be particularly memorable for the Hendrikse brothers, Jordan (Western
Province scrumhalf) and Jaden Hendrikse - the SA Under-20 Player of the Year in
2019 - who will have the opportunity to train together.
Ten of the
20 players attended in the first camp, while Jordan Hendrikse, Thomas Bursey
(scrumhalf), and Juan Mostert (flyhalf) participated in selected training
sessions at that camp.
seven players - Jaden Hendrikse, Lionel April, Bernard van der Linde, and Ross
Braude (scrumhalves), Stravino Jacobs (winger), Rynhardt Jonker (utility back),
and Ethan Wentzel (flyhalf) - make their first appearances at the camp.
satisfied that they had achieved their objectives at the first alignment camp
and he looked forward to welcoming a few new players for their second camp.
purpose of the alignment camps is to give us an idea of the talent available
with an eye on the season ahead, as the SA Rugby Academy programme and the
Junior Springboks play a vital role in developing and grooming the top
age-group players in the country for first class rugby,” said Roux.
good to see the players at the first camp in action and get to know them, and
we intend building on the progress made at this camp. We are also excited to
see what the players have to offer.
most of the players in this squad have come through SA Rugby’s junior
structures, so they know what is expected of them.”
invited to second SA Rugby alignment camp (in alphabetical order):
Alberts (Golden Lions; lock)
Lionel April (Blue Bulls; flyhalf)
Brandon (Golden Lions; flanker)
Ross Braude (Blue Bulls; scrumhalf)
Thomas Bursey (Western Province; scrumhalf)
Gumede (Sharks; flanker)
Jaden Hendrikse (Sharks; scrumhalf)
Jordan Hendrikse (Western Province; flyhalf)
Jacobs (Sharks; prop)
Stravino Jacobs (Blue Bulls; winger)
Rynhardt Jonker (Sharks; utility)
Mdletshe (Sharks; prop)
Juan Mostert (Western Province; flyhalf)
Ncube (Sharks; lock)
Roos (Sharks; No 8)
Sangweni (Golden Lions; loose forward)
van der Merwe (Sharks; hooker)
Bernard van der Linde (Blue Bulls; scrumhalf)
van Heerden (Sharks; lock)
Ethan Wentzel (Blue Bulls; flyhalf)