SA Rugby has announced a 50-man training squad from which the national Under 20 side to contest the IRB Junior World Championship will be selected. The Sharks are well represented, with 8 names in the squad, which will convene in Saldanha this month for a training camp.
Least surprising is the name of Pat Lambie, who was the leading points scorer in the ABSA Under 21 competition this year. The 19-year-old star has already been named in the Sharks Super 14 training group, where he will provide cover at fullback and outside center. The other Sharks backs in the squad are winger Sibusiso Sithole and inside centre Dwayne Jenner – the latter a sturdy 100kg lad who hails from the East Rand.
There’s no shortage of lock forwards and hookers, either, with last year’s Baby Bok representative (and current Sharks under 19 captain) Kene Okafor again named in the group. Last year, it was Jandre Marais who played alongside Okafor; this year, it’s younger brother Peet Marais who’ll be in the mix. The third lock is the massive Johan Schoonbie, who at 2.06m and 125kg is certainly not lacking in the size department. It’s a pretty good return for the Sharks under 19s to see all three locks selected to the squad.
Both the first choice (Shaun Malton) and reserve (Monde Hadebe) hookers have been named as well.
The Sharks, Bulls, Lions and WP have 8 representatives each, with Free State sending 7. The full squad is as follows:
Jean Claude Roos
Hendrik van der Walt
Jean-Pierre van Rooyen
Zander de Bruin
Christiaan du Randt
Sabastian de Chaves
KwaZulu Natal Sharks: