WP dominate SA Schools squad

2018-07-20 08:43
Brendan Venter jnr (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - The SA Schools squad has been named following the completion of this year's Craven Week.

Western Province, who beat the Sharks 47-8 in the unofficial 'final' in Paarl last weekend, have 10 of the 30 players in the squad.

Border, who also finished the Craven Week unbeaten, have six players, the Sharks four, Free State three, the Golden Lions and Blue Bulls two apiece and the Griffons, Pumas and Boland one each.

Notable inclusions are Brendan Venter, who is the son of former Springbok centre of the same name, while the Sharks’ Rynhardt Jonker, the son of referee Marius Jonker, also cracked the nod.

The SA Schools side will take part in the annual Aon U18 International Series, which will be hosted in the Western Cape in August.

The newly-named series will feature three rounds of matches between the SA Schools team, England, France and Wales, from August 10-18 at three high schools, Boland Landbou, Stellenberg and SACS.

England and France will get the tournament underway at Boland Landbou in Paarl on Friday, August 10, with the SA Schools team - which will be coached by Sean Erasmus - meeting Wales in their opening game.

Erasmus’ charges will meet France in the second round at Stellenberg in Durbanville on Tuesday, August 14, with Wales taking on England.

The tournament will conclude in at SACS in Newlands on Saturday, August 18, with the SA Schools team battling it out with England, and France meeting Wales.

Banele Mthenjane (prop), Adrian Alberts (lock) and Celimpilo Gumede (No 8) will add valuable experience for the upcoming series after being named in the squad for the second successive year.

“I am very happy with the quality of the players in the squad,” said Erasmus.

“All of the players performed well at Craven Week, and they showed that they can play an exciting brand of rugby. I was particularly impressed with the resilience and character they showed during the week and I am very excited to work with them.

“The experience and leadership that the players such as Adrian, Celimpilo and Banele will bring is also good as they will set the pace and intensity at training.

SA Schools squad:

Forwards (18)

Jacobus Agenbag (prop), Free State/Grey College

Adrian Alberts (lock), Western Province/Paarl Boys High

Dewald Donald (prop), Blue Bulls/Affies

Tristan Dullisear (flank), Golden Lions/Monument

Jacques Goosen (hooker), Border/Selborne College

Celimpilo Gumede (No 8), Sharks/Durban High School

Hanru Jacobs (prop), Western Province/Paul Roos Gymnasium

Jean-Jacques Kotze (hooker), Western Province/Paul Roos Gymnasium

De Wet Marais (flank), Free State/Grey College

Mihlali Mgolodela (flank), Western Province/Rondebosch Boys High

Keketso Morabe (No 8), Griffons/Welkom Gimnasium

Banele Mthenjane (prop), Pumas/Nelspruit

Lunga Ncube (lock), Sharks/Glenwood

Evan Roos (No 8), Western Province/Paarl Boys High

Sibusiso Sangweni (lock), Sharks/Kearsney College

Jarrod Taylor (flank), Border/Selborne College

Uzile Tele (flank), Border/Hudson Park High

Emile van Heerden (lock), Western Province XV/Paarl Boys High

Backs (12)

Lionel April (flyhalf), Boland/Hermanus High

Thomas Bursey (scrumhalf), Border/Selborne College

Jurich Claasens (scrumhalf), Blue Bulls/Garsfontein

Darren Hendricks (fullback), Western Province/Boland Landbou

Stravino Jacobs (wing), Western Province/Paarl Gymnasium

Rynhardt Jonker (centre), Sharks/Glenwood

Muzilikazi Manyike (centre), Golden Lions/Jeppe Boys High

Juan Mostert (flyhalf), Western Province/Paul Roos Gymnasium

Brendan Venter (centre), Western Province/Paul Roos Gymnasium

Wyclef Vlitoor (wing), Free State/Grey College

Sibabalwe Xamlashe (fullback), Border/Selborne College

Mnombo Zwelindaba (centre), Border/Selborne College

Aon U18 International Series fixtures:

Friday, August 10 (at Boland Landbou)

14:15 - England vs France

16:00 - SA Schools vs Wales

Tuesday, August 14 (at Stellenberg)

14:15 - Wales vs England

16:00 - SA Schools vs France

Saturday, August 18 (at SACS)

12:15 - France vs Wales

14:05 - SA Schools vs England

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