Big guns in Baby Boks squad

2010-03-31 14:10

Johannesburg - Super 14 players Wandile Mjekevu and fullback Patrick Lambie have been drafted in to the SA Under-20 training squad that will participate in a seven-day pre-World Championship camp in Saldanha from next Thursday.

The 26-man squad that will participate in the 2010 IRB Junior World Championship in Argentina in June later this year will be announced at the conclusion of this camp.

Sampie Mastriet and Branco du Preez, who were part of the Springbok Sevens' recent World Series tournaments in Adelaide and Hong Kong, have also been named in the 38-man squad. Mastriet scored nine tries for the Boks Sevens in his debut tournament in Adelaide earlier this month.

The national selectors have also included six players who have been competing in this season's Vodacom Cup.

Utility backs Jaco Taute (Golden Lions) and Ruan Combrink (Western Province), scrumhalf Louis Schreuder (WP) and forwards CJ Stander (Blue Bulls), Ruan Dreyer (Golden Lions) and Hendrick van der Waldt (Free State Cheetahs) have been invited to the camp.

Wing Tythan Adams and flank Sam Mabombo who were both part of the Maties' successful 2010 FNB Varsity Cup campaign have also been invited to the Saldanha camp.

"We are now entering the final stages of our preparations for the forthcoming World Championship," said SA Under-20 coach Eric Sauls.

"We'll be selecting the 26 players that will make up the final squad from the group of players that have been invited to this camp.

"While our Super 14 players will be allowed to continue to represent their franchises, we have quite a few players who have excelled in the Vodacom Cup who have also been also selected to this squad.

"We are where we want to be in terms of exposing our players to international opposition as many of the guys that will join us next week have either played in the international friendlies against Argentina or were part of our tour to France in February.

"These players will not participate in any matches during this camp, but the coaches will use this opportunity to fine tune our game structures to ensure that all players that could possibly make the Argentinean trip in June are on the same page."

SA Under-20 training squad:

Tythan Adams, Garth April, Mlungisi Bali, Brummer Badenhorst, Clayton Blommetjies, Ruan Combrink, Sebastian De Chaves, Ruan Dreyer, Branco du Preez, Christiaan du Rand, Francois du Toit, Divan Ferguson, Monde Hadebe, Adri Jacobs, Elton Jantjies, Patrick Lambie, Helmut Lehmann, Peet Marais, Sampie Mastriet, Sam Mabombo, Wandile Mjekevu, Lubabalo Mtembu, Frederick Muller, Sinovuyo Nyoko, Kenechukwu Okafor, Jono Ross, Nico Scheepers, Louis Schreuder, Lean Schwartz, Sibusiso Sithole, Christiaan Stander, Jaco Taute, Shaun Malton, Gary van Aswegen, Marcell van der Merwe, Hendrik van der Waldt, Francois Venter, Anthony Volmink

Wandile Mjekevu in action for the Lions in the game against the Chiefs, where he scored a hat-trick (Gallo Images)


  • Camel Man - 2010-03-31 14:43

    Do we have to refer to them as BABY BOKS? Why not Junior Boks, or something like that? Do the other teams call their junior team the Baby Blacks, or Baby wallabies, or Baby English.The IRB does not refer to the Junior world cup as the Baby World Cup. It sucks.And as for BLITZ BOKKE...WTF????

  • dronkie - 2010-03-31 14:49

    Lyk na n goed gebalanseerde rainbow squad... Good Luck SA U20

  • Nick - 2010-03-31 14:56

    Looks like a balanced squad and starting to look very representive of the country. Great to see more black players coming through systems like varsity cup and schools rugby - bodes well for the future. Loaded with talent, I am sure they will do us proud.

  • WTF Camel Man - 2010-03-31 15:51

    New Zealand uses the name Baby Blacks for their juniors. Stop looking for something to moan about.

  • Unique naming - 2010-03-31 16:08

    what sort of name is camel man... wtf????

  • fuzzy - 2010-03-31 16:14

    Who is Eric Sauls?

  • bulawayo-based-bok - 2010-03-31 19:51

    Nick.....thats all well and good if they deserve to be there, but i'm afraid there are more talented white players that i have seen playing then: sibu sithole?/Sino Nyoko/Elton Jantjes?(way too small!)/Blommetjies(same story) same with Branco du Preez although he is talented! i'm afraid the junior teams from Aus/NZ and even England will beat ours this year because we have left some great players behind, other countries are using better tactics/technology/Sauls isn't up to it and our Backs and front 5 will be dominated!.......I know this all sounds really pessimistic but it has been the story for a while now, their is no reason why our "BEST" squad could knock over the likes of the baby kiwis........

  • @Camel Man and the rest - 2010-04-01 11:02

    Camel Man, you must have a very dull life to actually moan about this small isue. Get a life. The rest, it may be a balanced side, but when, after more than ten years, will the best team be selected? Why still this transformation crap. SA will never get past this issue, cause majoraty still keep riding the wave.

  • Mark - 2010-04-01 11:04

    @Camel Man - Bud you must have a serious inferiority complex and with a name like that......!!!!

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