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Junior Boks depart for England with high hopes
June 02, 2016

The Junior Springboks on Thursday departed for the World Rugby Under-20 Championship in Manchester, England, with high hopes of winning the title following an intense two-month training camp in Cape Town.

The team will meet Japan in their opening pool match on Tuesday, 7 June, followed by clashes against Argentina on Saturday, 11 June, and France on Wednesday, 15 June. The semi-final will be hosted on Monday, 20 June, with the final on Saturday, 25 June.

“We have worked very hard in the last two months to put the structures and systems in place for the tournament, and it is now time for us to implement that on the field in Manchester,” said Junior Springbok captain Jeremy Ward.

“The tempo of our last four training sessions in South Africa on Monday and Tuesday were very high and hopefully we can replicate that urgency and focus during our matches.

“As a team we are excited about the opportunity ahead, but we also realise that we will enter the tournament with huge expectations. That said, we are determined to do well and make our country proud.”

The team wrapped up their training camp in Cape Town on Wednesday night with their blazer presentation ceremony in the presence of family, friends, SA Rugby CEO Jurie Roux and SA Rugby Executive members, and Ward said it was a special send-off for the team.

“It was very special to celebrate our selection with family and friends, and we now know what expectations are on us after being addressed by SA Rugby CEO Mr. Jurie Roux,” said Ward.

“We are leaving South Africa with a heavy weight on our shoulders to win the trophy, but I believe if we play to our potential, we have what it takes to lift the trophy, and we will certainly do our best to achieve that.”

The team departed for London on Thursday via Johannesburg. They will take the short flight to Manchester on arrival in London.

MATCH CENTRE
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Castle Lager Incoming Series
Saturday, June 23 2018
17:05 - South Africa vs England
Newlands Rugby Stadium, Cape Town
The Castle Lager Rugby Championship
Saturday, August 18 2018
17:05 - South Africa vs Argentina
Jonsson Kings Park, Durban
Saturday, August 25 2018
21:10 - Argentina vs South Africa
Estadio Malvinas Argentinas, Mendoza
Saturday, September 08 2018
12:05 - Australia vs South Africa
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Saturday, September 15 2018
09:35 - New Zealand vs South Africa
Westpac Stadium, Wellington
Saturday, September 29 2018
17:05 - South Africa vs Australia
Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, PE
Saturday, October 06 2018
17:05 - South Africa vs New Zealand
Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
Castle Lager Outgoing Tour
Friday, November 02 2018
00:00 - England vs South Africa
Twickenham, London
Saturday, November 10 2018
00:00 - France vs South Africa
Stade de France, Paris
Saturday, November 17 2018
00:00 - Scotland vs South Africa
Murrayfield, Edinburgh

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