Sharks fullback Patrick Lambie will wear the number 15 jersey for the South African under 20 side when they kick-off their IRB Junior World Championship campaign against Tonga on Saturday.
Coach Eric Sauls has named a strong team, featuring two other players with Super 14 experience in wing Wandile Mjekevu and centre Jaco Taute, both of whom played for the Lions this year. Lock Kene Okafor and hooker Monde Hadebe are the other Sharks representatives in the starting lineup, while Peet Marais will provide second row cover from the bench.
The team will be captained by Bulls number 8 CJ Stander, who along with Okafor and winger Sampie Mastriet are survivors from last year’s tournament in Japan.
SA Under-20 – Patrick Lambie, Sampie Mastriet, Jaco Taute, Francois Venter, Wandile Mjekevu, Elton Jantjies, Louis Schreuder, CJ Stander (c), Fanie van der Walt, Siya Kolisi, Sebastian de Chaves, Kene Okafor, Marcel van der Merwe, Monde Hadebe, Brummer Badenhorst.
Reserves: Francois du Toit, Ruan Dreyer, Peet Marais, Mlungisi Bali, Branco du Preez, Adri Jacobs, Nico Scheepers.Tweet