There has been a lot of movement in the ranks of the lads currently busy writing Matric finals. Post the festivities in Plett, some of our finest rugby talent will be packing their bags and moving on from the fields where their rugby was learnt.
It’s the professional era so this is to be expected and one shouldn’t get too excited about it. There are crucial choices that are made by players and families alike such as where the lads are going to study, are they are going to play rugby full time, what do the future prospects of the union hold and lets be honest here, who is going to pay the most!
Lets have a look at where the lads of the SA U/18 High Performance 2010 squad have ended up for the 2011 season ahead:
Blue Bulls: William Small-Smith (Centre, Grey College, Free State); Wiaan Liebenberg (Flank, Drostdy, Boland); Nardus van der Walt (No.8, Affies, Blue Bulls); Rudi van Rooyen (Scrumhalf, Affies, Blue Bulls); Andile Jho (Centre, Dale, Border); Ekkert Thomas (Prop, Duineveld, Griquas Country Districts); Jason Thomas (Hooker, Muir, Eastern Province)
The Sharks: Paul Jordaan (Centre, Grey College, Free State); Allan Dell (Prop, Queen’s, Border); Khaya Majola (Flank, Westville, KwaZulu-Natal); Siseko Jafta (Flank, St Charles, Kwazulu-Natal)
Western Province: Centre: Patrick Howard (Centre, Michaelhouse, KwaZulu-Natal); Steven Kitshoff (Prop, Paul Roos, Western Province)
At school: Tshepo Motale (Prop, Bishops, Western Province); Sikumbuzo Notshe (Flank, Wynberg Boys’ High, Western Province)
Golden Lions: Ruan Botha (Lock, Jeugland, Valke), Fabian Booysen (Flank, Florida, Golden Lions), Ruan Venter (Lock, Monument, Golden Lions), Ettienne Oosthuizen (Lock, Bergsig, Leopards), Marius David Schmidt (Flyhalf, Monument, Golden Lions); Muhammad Luqmaan Ismail (Wing, Paarl Gym, WP); Justin van Wyk (Hooker, Menlopark, Blue Bulls).
Free State Cheetahs: Johan Goosen (Flyhalf, Grey College, Free State); Neill Jordaan (No.8, Grey College, Free State); Also think Kevin Luiters (Scrumhalf, Grey College, Free State) is staying but not confirmed.
At School: Ruwellyn Isbel (Wing, Grey College, Free State); Leroy Bitterhout (Wing, Moved to HTS Louis Botha from the Boland); Neetling Fouche (Prop, Grey College, Free State)
Springboks 7′s Academy: Craig Barry (Fullback), Tshotsho Mbovane (Wing) & William Small-Smith (Centre) have spent time with Paul Treu’s National Sevens Squad. Barry and Mbovane are listed on Paul Treu’s website as being contracted.
Uncertain Future: Richmond Collins (Wing, Pretoria Boys, Blue Bulls), Siviwe Soyizwapi (Fullback, Dale College, Border).
These 3 players were all born in 1992 so should be leaving school this year. They will have surely been gobbled up by one of the Unions. Interestingly Richmond Collins is a real flyer on the wing with a recorded time of 10.51 for the 100m so maybe he’s going into Athletics!
If anyone knows what the future holds for the 3 please let me know and I will add them in somewhere else.
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