The South African Under-20 training squad has been announced and six Sharks players are in the mix. The team to compete for the IRB Junior World Championships in July will be selected from this 38-man squad.
Perhaps the most talented 19-year-old in the country, Pat Lambie, has not been included, presumably on the grounds that he’s far more likely to play Super 14 rugby this year. All three of the Sharks under 19 locks from last year have been named, with Kene Okafor having represented the Baby Boks last year already. Peet Marais (brother of Sharks XV lock Jan-Andre) and the 2.06 metre Johan Schoonbie are also in the mix.
Promising hooker Monde Hadebe has also been named, along with a powerful loose forward from Dale College, Lubabalo Mtembu. Mtembu attended the Border Academy last year (and played for them at under 19 level) but has since thrown in his lot with the Sharks.
The final member of the Sharks under 19 contingent is winger Sibusiso Sithole.
Here is the full squad:Tweet