South Africa Under-20 head coach Dawie Theron on Monday named 34 players for the latest training camp in preparation for the IRB Junior World Championships to be played in France in June. The Junior Springboks will defend the title won in South Africa last year.
The camp, to be held in Stellenbosch between January 14 and 27, will include trials and friendly matches against the Universities of the Western Cape (UWC), Stellenbosch (Maties) and Cape Town (Ikeys).
“This is a very important camp for us,” Theron said, after naming six Western Province youngsters in his latest squad.
“We need to settle on a squad and this will be another opportunity for us to do so. There are a lot of boxes that we will have to tick in the two weeks of the camp to make sure we are on track.
“The trials should confirm our selections and the training matches will give us a better idea of the various combinations available to us. We will also have to settle on our game plan once we have a clear understanding of our playing personnel.
The SA Under-20s will meet UWC on 18 January, Maties on 23 January and UCT on 26 January. The friendlies will be played in Stellenbosch and Cape Town.
The SA Under-20 training squad is:
Fullbacks: Cheslin Kolbe, Tim Swiel (DHL Western Province).
Wings: Seabelo Senatla (Toyota Free State Cheetahs), Luther Obi, Sylvian Mahuza (Leopards).
Centres: Jan Serfontein, Dries Swanepoel (Vodacom Blue Bulls), Justin Geduld, JP Lewis (DHL Western Province), Tyler Fisher (KZN).
Flyhalves: Handre Pollard (Vodacom Blue Bulls), Robert du Preez (KZN).
Scrumhalves: Kirshwin Williams (MTN Golden Lions), Hanco Venter, Stefan Ungerer (KZN).
Loose forwards: Leneve Dames, Roelof Smit, Ruan Steenkamp (all Vodacom Blue Bulls), Albertus Smit (MTN Golden Lions), Jurie van Vuuren (DHL Western Province).
Locks: Dennis Visser, Irne Herbst, Jacques du Plessis, Marvin Orie (all Vodacom Blue Bulls).
Props: Justin Forwood, Andrew Beerwinkel, Neethling Fouche (all Vodacom Blue Bulls), Luan de Bruin (Toyota Free State Cheetahs), Marne Coetzee (KZN), Sti Sithole (DHL Western Province).
Hookers: Jacques du Toit (Toyota Free State Cheetahs), Devon Martinus (MTN Golden Lions), Morne du Plessis (KZN),Freddie Kirsten (DHL Western Province).