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Two Blitzboks to join SA U20s in Stellenbosch
April 13, 2017

Zain Davids and Stedman Gans, who missed the Junior Springboks’ first two training camps because of Springbok Sevens commitments, were included in a 35-man squad that will assemble in Stellenbosch on Tuesday for the team’s third training camp, which concludes on Thursday, 18 May.

Four players currently involved in Vodacom Super Rugby, Curwin Bosch (Cell C Sharks), Cobus Wiese (DHL Stormers), Madosh Tambwe (Emirates Lions) and Yaw Penxe (Southern Kings), are set to join the squad on Sunday, 7 May, while Khuta Mchunu and Ernst van Rhyn will fall in with the squad in Stellenbosch as soon as they have sufficiently recovered from their various injuries.

The Junior Springboks will face the Varsity Cup Dream Team on Tuesday 25 April in their fourth warm-up match, while another game against a local outfit is being planned for 9 May.

“This camp will allow us to have a final look at the players with an eye on finalising our touring squad, and it will also serve as the last opportunity to get everything in place for the tournament,” said Roux.

"In line with this we opted to extend the camp for another week after our initial planning was to wrap it up on 12 May.

“We have had very little time to work with some of the Vodacom Super Rugby players, while Zain, Stedman and Curwin Bosch, all three members of the Junior Bok squad last year, have not been with us at all up to now, so we will have an opportunity to see how they adapt to the structures.

“With a handful of players being in-and-out of the first two camps due to Vodacom Super Rugby, Blitzbok and Varsity Cup duty, it is important that we take the necessary time to name the best possible squad to travel to Georgia.”

Roux said other vital elements of the camp would be to ensure that all the required structures are in place and that the team is ready for the international spectacle.

“We did most of the groundwork at the first two camps, which we will build on at this camp,” said Roux.

“There were also a few things that we did not have sufficient time to work on at the last two camps, such as our set pieces, and this camp will afford us the necessary time to do so.

“Although I was pleased with the progress made by the squad since the first camp, we still have a long way to go to reach the standard of play which I would like us to display in Georgia. So we have hard work ahead in the next few weeks.”

The SA U20s will conclude their preparations for the international spectacle at their holding camp in Stellenbosch from 21 to 25 May. They will face France, Georgia and Argentina in the pool stages of the World Rugby Under-20 Championship in Tbilisi, Georgia, on 31 May, 4 June and 8 June respectively. 

Junior Springbok squad for Stellenbosch training camp:

Player

Province

Position

Juarno Augustus

DHL Western Province

Loose Forward

Kwenzo Blose

Toyota Free State Cheetahs

Prop

PJ Botha

Xerox Golden Lions

Hooker

David Brits

DHL Western Province

Centre

Jean-Luc Cilliers

Xerox Golden Lions

Flyhalf

Zain Davids

DHL Western Province

Loose Forward

Hacjivah Dayimani

Xerox Golden Lions

Loose Forward

Francois de Villiers

Cell C Sharks

Scrumhalf

Ruben de Villiers

DHL Western Province

Lock

Stedman Gans

Vodacom Blue Bulls

Centre

Johan Grobbelaar

Vodacom Blue Bulls

Hooker

Wikus Groenewald

DHL Western Province

Prop

Benhard Janse van Rensburg

Cell C Sharks

Flyhalf

Daniel Jooste

DHL Western Province

Hooker

Rewan Kruger

Toyota Free State Cheetahs

Scrumhalf

Manie Libbok

Vodacom Blue Bulls

Utility Back

Gianni Lombard

Xerox Golden Lions

Fullback

Len Massyn

Xerox Golden Lions

Loose Forward

Lee-Marvin Mazibuko

DHL Western Province

Prop

Salmaan Moerat

DHL Western Province

Lock

Reinhard Nothnagel

Xerox Golden Lions

Lock

Embrose Papier

Vodacom Blue Bulls

Scrumhalf

Manuel Rass

Xerox Golden Lions

Centre

Carlu Sadie

DHL Western Province

Prop

Wandisile Simelane

Xerox Golden Lions

Centre/Wing

Cornel Smit

DHL Western Province

Centre

Hendre Stassen

Vodacom Blue Bulls

Lock/Loose Forward

Gerhard Steenekamp

Vodacom Blue Bulls

Prop

Muller Uys

DHL Western Province

Flanker

Wayne van der Bank

Xerox Golden Lions

Centre

Ruben van Heerden

Vodacom Blue Bulls

Lock

Boan Venter

Toyota Free State Cheetahs

Prop

Damian Willemse

DHL Western Province

Flyhalf

Jondre Williams

DHL Western Province

Scrumhalf

Nama Xaba

DHL Western Province

Flanker

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