Super 14 fullback Patrick Lambie heads an impressive list of junior Sharks players who have been named in a 26-man SA Under 20 squad who will compete for the coveted IRB Junior World Championship title, in Argentina in June.
Lambie, who despite being only 19 years of age has rapidly established himself as a fixture in the Sharks backline, was initially thought to have missed out on Baby Bok selection, since Super 14 duties have kept him away from all the training camps. Sanity has prevailed, though, and the youngster has indeed been included, along with another Super 14 regular in Lions winger Wandile Mjekevu.
No fewer than five other Sharks players have been included, although winger Sbu Sithole is the only other backline player. Sithole recently made his debut for the Sharks XV in the Vodacom Cup. Hooker Monde Hadebe joins locks Kene Okafor and Peet Marais in the squad, while loose forward Lubabalo Mthembu completes the Sharks contingent.
For Okafor, it will be his second year at the tournament and ironically enough, last year he was joined by Jandre Marais, Peet’s older brother. A number of other Sharks juniors came very close to making the cut, including hooker Shaun Malton and (yet another) lock, Johan Schoonbie.
The squad will be captained by the Bulls’ CJ Stander and coached by Eric Sauls, while former Bulls (and Bok) loose forward Tim Dlunane, whose career was cut so tragically short by injury, will go along as the Logistics Manager.
SA Under-20 Squad: Brummer Badenhorst, Mlungisi Bali, Sebastian de Chaves, Ruan Dreyer, Christiaan du Randt, Francois du Toit, Branco du Preez, Monde Hadebe, Adri Jacobs, Elton Jantjies, Patrick Lambie, Sampie Mastriet, Peet Marais, Sam Mbombo, Frederick Muller, Wandile Mjekevu, Lubabalo Mthembu, Kenechukwu Okafor, Nico Scheepers, Louis Schreuder, CJ Stander (capt), Sibusiso Sithole, Jaco Taute, Marcel van der Merwe, Hendrik van der Walt, Francois Venter.Tweet