A South African Under 20 squad to play against a number of French invitational teams in February has been named. The tour will give the players much-needed international exposure ahead of the annual IRB Junior World Championships, to be played in Argentina in June.
Sharks under 19 locks Johan Schoonbee and Peet Marais have been included, along with promising hooker Monde Hadebe and winger Sibu Sithole. A third lock, Kene Okafor, has been ruled out of the tour due to injury, along with former Dale number 8 Tera Mthemba.
The side will contain a core of experienced players, including a trio of Bulls stars who played for the Baby Boks at the IRB Champs last year. Number 8 Christian Stander and outside backs Clayton Blommetjies and Sampie Mastriet will look to show the new players the ropes.
Congrats to our Sharks lads and good luck to the team!
SA Under-20 touring squad:
Backs – Jacobus Scheepers (Free State), Clayton Blommetjies (Blue Bulls), Sampie Mastriet (Blue Bulls), Ayanda Foley (RPC), Divan Ferguson (Golden Lions), Burton Claasen (Western Province), Francois Venter (Free State), Ruan Combrink (Western Province), Jamba Ulengo (Free State), Siburu Sithole (Sharks), JC Roos (Blue Bulls), Louis Boshoff (Blue Bulls), Louis Schreuder (Western Province), Luan Jacobs (Blue Bulls), Frederick Muller (Western Province).
Forwards – CJ Stander (Blue Bulls), Fanie van der Walt (Free State), Rinus Riekert (Golden Lions), Reuben Johannes (Western Province), Lean Schwartz (Blue Bulls), Helmuth Lehman (Western Province), Sabastian De Chaves (Golden Lions), Johan Schoonbee (Sharks), Peet Marais (Sharks), Malugisi Bali (Blue Bulls), Andries Ferreira (Blue Bulls), Regard Dreyer (Golden Lions), Marcell van der Merwe (Free State), Monde Hadebe (Sharks), Francois du Toit (Golden Lions), Wessel du Rand (Golden Lions), Brummer Badenhorst (Western Province).
Players not considered due to injury or Vodacom Super 14 involvement: Kenny Okafor, Elton Jantjies, Adri Jacobs, Brenco du Preez, Lubabalo Mthembu, Siya Kolisi, Wandile Mjekevu, Thabiso Mngomezulu, Garth April, Jaco Taute, Ernst Dinkelman, Ruaan Smith, Jonno Ross, Patrick Lambie.Tweet