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Junior Bok trials underway


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks on 31 Mar 2015 at 10:31
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A large group of Under 20 players has assembled in Stellenbosch this week to take part in trial matches and a training camp, with a view to being selected for Dawie Theron’s 28-man Junior Springbok squad for this year’s World Rugby Junior World Championship. Yes, that’s right. The name “World” now appears twice. It will do so again when we have the World Rugby Rugby World Cup. Marketing geniuses abound, but I digress.

The squad comprises mainly WP and Blue Bulls players (don’t all faint from surprise) but a couple of Sharks boys have managed to sneak in.

Recent Super Rugby debutant Daniel du Preez, who missed out on last year’s tournament due to injury, has been invited, as has twin brother Jean-Luc, who played a starring role in 2014. They are joined by a sextet of players who shone for the Sharks at under 19 level last year; tighthead prop and captain Ruan Kramer, loosehead prop Mzamo Majola, lock Hyron Andrews, number 8 Ayron Schramm, scrumhalf Rowan Gouws and flyhalf Innocent Radebe. Majola, Andrews and Schramm all made thier Vodacom Cup debuts this year, while Gouws and Radebe have both starred in the UKZN Impi Varsity Shield side.

Dan du Preez will not participate in the camp this week due to Super Rugby commitments, but along with Thomas du toit will come strongly into the reckoning when the final squad is named.

Here’s the full squad:

Vodacom Blue Bulls

Matthys Basson (prop), Warrick Gelant (centre), Njabula Gumede (prop), Dewald Human (flyhalf), JT Jackson (centre), Jason Jenkins (lock), Jurie Linde (centre), Jinx Molapo (wing), Adrian Maebane (centre), Menzi Nhlabathi (flanker), Abongile Nonkontwana (lock), Luigy Van Jaarsveld (number eight), Alandre Van Rooyen (hooker), Ivan Van Zyl (scrumhalf)

Boland Cavaliers

GL Erasmus (scrumhalf)

Eastern Province

Malcolm Jaer (fullback), Tyler Paul (flank), CJ Velleman (flank)

Toyota Free State Cheetahs

Joseph Dweba (hooker), Lorenzo Gordon (wing), Gunther Janse van Vuuren (prop), Gerhardus Labuschagne (centre), Ox Nche (prop), Stephen Rautenbach (centre), Frans Steyn (Shimlas, hooker), Andre Swarts (wing), Arno van Staden (wing), Conrad van Vuuren (prop), Reinach Venter (hooker), Jasper Wiese (number eight)

Xerox Golden Lions

Ruan Ackermann (lock), Marco Janse van Vuuren (scrumhalf), Le Roux Roets (lock), Gerdus van der Walt (centre)

Cell C Sharks

Hyron Andrews (lock), Dan du Preez (lock), Jean-Luc du Preez (flanker), Ruan Kramer (prop), Rowan Gouws (scrumhalf), Mzamo Majola (prop), Ayron Scrhamm (number eight), Innocent Radebe (flyhalf)

Leopards

Mogau Mabokela (Pukke, prop), Walt Steenkamp (Pukke, lock)

DHL Western Province

Ruan Brits (hooker), Dan du Plessis (hooker), Daniel du Plessis (centre), Jaco Coetzee (number eight), Grant Hermanus (fullback), Michael Kumbirai (prop), Remu Malan (Maties, scrumhalf), Daniel Maree (flank), Ryan Oosthuizen (centre), Khanyo Ngcukana (wing), Justin Phillips (scrumhalf), Ernst Stapelberg (flyhalf), Brandon Thomson (flyhalf), Christo van der Merwe (Maties, flanker), Francois van der Merwe (prop), Frans van Wyk (prop), Jacques Vermeulen (flanker), EW Viljoen (fullback), Edward Zandbergh (lock), Leolin Zas (wing)



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