Cape Town - Despite some withdrawals from their wider training
squad, Junior Springbok coach Chean Roux is hoping his teams' preparations for
the World Rugby U20 Championship in France from May 30 to June 17 will gain momentum
when they get together for a second training camp in Stellenbosch on Tuesday.
The camp, which will conclude on Friday, is the
second of three four-day training camps.
This will be followed by a two-week
camp, a UK Tour and a World Championship holding camp before they depart for
their tournament base in Narbonne in the south of France in May.
Two new loose forwards, Dian Schoonees (Golden Lions) and Heinrich Brendel (Sharks), have been invited to the
camp, while flyhalf Lubabalo Dobela (Free
State) will join the squad
after missing the first camp due to injury.
Salmaan Moerat (lock) will miss the second camp as
he was called up to the Stormers' tour squad in New Zealand, where he will
join Damian Willemse (flyhalf).
Both these players were members of the Junior
Bok squad that finished third in the tournament in Georgia last year.
Sango Xamlashe (centre, Free State) and
Tyrone Green (utility back, Golden Lions) have also been forced to
withdraw due to ankle and knee ligament injuries respectively.
"The main objectives of the first camp were to get
to know the players and to expose them to the way we want to play, and we are
looking to build on that this week," said Roux.
"We would like to take a step up in terms of the
intensity of our training sessions, and since most of the players are familiar
with our structures and what we expect, our target this week is to build
"Our opening match against Georgia in the World
Rugby U20 Championship is in 12 weeks' time, and we have a limited number of
training days during that time, so it is vital that we do as much as possible
at our training camps."
The SA U20's have been drawn in Pool C at the World
Rugby U20 Championship with Georgia, Ireland and France.