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Lindeque, van Tonder earmarked for Baby Boks


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks on 3 Dec 2010 at 11:18
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SARU has released the names of 43 young players who will be invited to Cape Town on Monday to take part in scientific and medical testing as a pre-cursor to potential inclusion in the SA Under 20 squad next season. Sharks under 19 players Piet Lindeque and Jaco van Tonder, both of whom spent some time training with the Sharks Currie Cup squad, have been included, along with 9 other KZN players.

The players will have an opportunity to meet new SA under 20 coach Dawie Theron, as well as SARU CEO Jurie Roux and the data captured during the testing session will be used as a baseline to measure the conditioning, strength and fitness of the players leading up to the IRB Junior World Championships in June next year.

Both van Tonder and Lindeque were key members of the Sharks under 19 team this year, with the latter – an outside centre from Grey College – also having run out for the under 21s on a few occasions. Van Tonder spent most of the season at fullback, after excelling as a flyhalf for SWD at Craven Week in 2008 and 2009. Also named in the squad are former Affies inside centre Heimar Williams, who was named the Sharks under 19 backline player of the year and wing Mandla Dube, who attended St Stithians College in Randburg in 2008 and played his second year of under 19 rugby for the Sharks in 2010. Perhaps the most exciting inclusion, from a backline point of view, is Hilton’s monster winger, Emil Schwarz, who was selected for the SA Under 18 High Performance squad in 2009 after a good Craven Week for KZN. He’s a large lad, who stands at 1.92m in his socks and weighs an impressive 100kg.

There are some forwards too, of course, with almost the entire Sharks under 19 pack from 2010 making the grade. The names of Marcell Coetzee, Siseko Jafta and Francois Kleinhans are ones that we’d do well to learn and remember. These lads comprised the loose trio for the Sharks under 19 side and my understanding is that all three are being looked at for Vodacom Cup rugby as early as next year. All three are local lads as well – Coetzee, the number 8, is from Port Natal, while Jafta (7) attended St Charles in Maritzburg and Kleinhans (6) hails from Glenwood. Locks Nick Dodgen (Northlands) and Mike Williams – a Zimbabwean lad who was the under 19 captain – also made the grade, along with Maritzburg College tighthead Nick Schonert.

Here is the full squad:

SA Under-20 Testing squad – Blue Bulls: Pieter Van der Walt, Bradley Moolman, Tony Jantjies, Lohan Jacobs, Jose Julies, Stephan Pretorius, Mbongeni Mbonambi, Juan Schoeman; Free State: Riaan Britz, Pieter Rademan, Jean Cook, Bernard Van Heerden, Stephan Kotze; Golden Lions: Garth Lions, Botha Van Zyl; Kwazulu Natal: Jaco Van Tonder, Emile Schwartz, Piet Lindeque, Heimar Williams, Mandla Dube, Marcell Coetzee, Siseko Jaftha, Francois Kleinhans, Nicholas Dodgen, Mike Williams, Nicholas Schonnet, Leopards: Jacobus Lourens, Lucian Cupido, Cornell Du Preez, Gabriel Strydom, Jacque Pienaar, John-Roy Jenkinson, Armand van der Merwe, Moshudu Masela, Western Province: Sizo Maseko, Clarence Khumalo, William van Wyk, Ricky Schroeder, Siyamthanda Kolisi, Nizaam Carr, Eben Etzebeth, Wilhelm Van der Slys, Frans Malherbe.



35 Comments

  • glad to see our youngsters coming through. i’m a great believer that the young guys must first get experience at this level before they move onto the big scene.hope that they will make the step up after this.

  • Comment 1, posted at 03.12.10 11:27:52 by jovner Reply
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  • Good to see KZN have a good representation of players. A lot of future sharks there

  • Comment 2, posted at 03.12.10 11:29:36 by RuckingFun Reply
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  • Not a single (contracted) player from the cheetahs??!!

  • Comment 3, posted at 03.12.10 11:30:04 by bergshark Reply
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  • Guess johan goosen will get an invite as soon as his suspension ends

  • Comment 4, posted at 03.12.10 11:31:10 by bergshark Reply
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  • sorry – I forgot to make the Free State bit bold.

    Free State: Riaan Britz, Pieter Rademan, Jean Cook, Bernard Van Heerden, Stephan Kotze

  • Comment 5, posted at 03.12.10 11:35:38 by robdylan Reply
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  • no goosen,Zylinga, Shmidt or the lad from Paarl Boys? Maybe next year then…

    anyone following the English press and how they are whining about them losing the 2018 bid?? calling the process fixed and making lists of negative things in Russia etc… maybe you guys should not show programs that depicts FIFA in a negative way just a few days before the announcements… Sour grapes me thinks!

  • Comment 6, posted at 03.12.10 11:39:34 by VanWilder Reply

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  • that means that we have more representatives than any other side

  • Comment 7, posted at 03.12.10 11:41:30 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan: verster already dislikes the sharks so much lol now you go and forget to write free state in bold hehehe

  • Comment 8, posted at 03.12.10 11:42:55 by bergshark Reply

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  • See jean cook was born in pietermaritzburg..wonder how he ended up in [email protected]?

  • Comment 9, posted at 03.12.10 11:45:12 by bergshark Reply

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  • @VanWilder (Comment 6) : ja, but if FIFA is corrupt, then it must be exposed. How lekker did we feel when we lost the 2006 World Cup after a similarly flawed process?

  • Comment 10, posted at 03.12.10 11:48:39 by robdylan Reply
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  • @bergshark (Comment 9) : the same way so many promising players do… Grey are the best poachers of talent in the business!

  • Comment 11, posted at 03.12.10 11:50:08 by robdylan Reply
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  • Re:jean cook:no info that I can find to say if he is a day scholar or boarder

  • Comment 12, posted at 03.12.10 11:50:34 by bergshark Reply

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  • @robdylan: looks like you are right..seems as if he IS indeed a boarder..(Jean cook).. We also lost joe pietersen to grey (vryheid boykie)

  • Comment 13, posted at 03.12.10 11:53:02 by bergshark Reply

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  • @bergshark (Comment 13) : well, kind if poetic justice that they lose so many players again straight after school – like Pietersen to WP

  • Comment 14, posted at 03.12.10 12:00:17 by robdylan Reply
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  • It would be interesting to know what percentage of grey blom first team players are actually from the free state. I know a lot of parents from all over the country try send their kids there

  • Comment 15, posted at 03.12.10 12:06:51 by RuckingFun Reply

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  • @robdylan:agree..
    Re:neill jordaan was born in newcastle and attended piet retief primary school(piet retief,mpumalanga)
    The stats for grey first 2009 regarding breakdown of day scholars/boarders: 17 players mentioned and onle TWO day scholars!! (Jean cook mentioned as day scholar on the site with egbert ras ,the son of dewet ras.. Very interesting..)

  • Comment 16, posted at 03.12.10 12:09:08 by bergshark Reply

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  • Stephanus kotze is a boarder,riaan britz is a boarder,johan goosen boarder

  • Comment 17, posted at 03.12.10 12:15:10 by bergshark Reply

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  • Lambie news24 sportsman for the month

  • Comment 18, posted at 03.12.10 12:20:09 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • Great article Rob: always good to know how the futre stars are doing.

    Any idea how quick Schwarz is? Impressive size for a young back.

  • Comment 19, posted at 03.12.10 12:25:54 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @bergshark (Comment 17) : I’m sure the majority of the Grey Bloem guys come from the Vrystaat. However nowadays the school is on the road just about every second week coz there isn’t any strong compo left for them in Vrystaat. Imagine all the best College, Glenwood, Westville, DHS, Michaelhouse, Hilton and Kearsney sportsmen at one school. Not only would you have a very powerful 1st XV rugby team but there’d also be a high success rate when it came to age group selections and even players that went on to represent SA at different levels.

  • Comment 20, posted at 03.12.10 12:32:39 by beet Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 10) : agreed, but to say that it was fixed on a comment from a russian representative that they had enough votes is also abit far fetched. In this weeks build up i can remember the english also going on about how many sure votes theyve got, or should i say, they thought they got… :-) and no need to bad mouth russia by the english press…

    anyways, good to see van tonder and lindeque aswell as williams making the squad. i think these 3 should be in or near the senior side in the next 2-3 years…

  • Comment 21, posted at 03.12.10 12:32:56 by VanWilder Reply

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  • @Big Fish (Comment 19) : saw Sithole (i think its him, playing for the 7`s) last night on Boots and all, also a big boy hey?? and with speed hey?

  • Comment 22, posted at 03.12.10 12:36:03 by VanWilder Reply

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  • @Big Fish (Comment 19) : I hear he’s pretty quick. I have already initiated the stalking process, don’t worry

  • Comment 23, posted at 03.12.10 12:37:24 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 23) : Good work Rob. Heimar thoroughly deserves to be awarded our best u19 back of the year. Jenner are going to have his work cut out holding on to that 12 jersey next year. Who were the other junior award winners? I must have missed that post.

    Also confused about that Mike Nolden comment. Don’t see his name in the squad.

  • Comment 24, posted at 03.12.10 12:42:03 by beet Reply
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  • @VanWilder (Comment 22) :
    Didn’t watch, but Sithole is Habana-size already. Well-built and very quick.

    @robdylan (Comment 23) :
    I leave the stalking in the hands of a master then!

  • Comment 25, posted at 03.12.10 12:50:39 by Big Fish Reply
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  • Lambie wins Sport24 AwardEagles (1.29)
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    Cape Town – Sharks flyhalf Patrick Lambie’s star continues to rise as he walked away with the Sport24 Performance of the Month for October with a massive majority of 73.70% of the 10 259 reader votes. The flyhalf, barely 20, capped a stunning campaign with a 25-point haul and THAT hand-off on Schalk Burger, no less, for one of his two tries in the grand climax. Springbok tour selection afterwards was, of course, a fait accompli.

    Griquas flyer Bjorn Basson came in second with 8.97% of the votes after he broke the record for most tries in a Currie Cup season, whilst South African swimmer Chad le Clos swam his way to two golds at the Commonwealth Games and into third place in the Sport24 awards with 8.83% of the votes.

  • Comment 26, posted at 03.12.10 12:52:29 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @beet:seems former eastern fs is their favourite hunting ground.I see eastern fs as seperate from fs bloem rugby union.will never hear lions and bulls say,if players move between unions ,”we all in gauteng”..if there was more money in bethlehem,just imagine how strong the (now disbanded)eastern fs rugby union couldve been..

  • Comment 27, posted at 03.12.10 13:15:00 by bergshark Reply

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  • @beet (Comment 24) : ah crap – you’re right! I confused him with Nick Dodgen and added his name by mistake.

  • Comment 28, posted at 03.12.10 14:37:57 by robdylan Reply
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  • @beet:will let you know as soon as I get to my sharks mags pile (re:prize winners sharks academy)

  • Comment 29, posted at 03.12.10 15:16:34 by bergshark Reply

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  • @beet (Comment 24) : check here

  • Comment 30, posted at 03.12.10 16:09:59 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 30) : No Rob! Those awards suck! They’re like one of those beauty pageants with far more emphasis on the brains than the beauty. Where are the real rugby awards. I want the FHM equivalent of the junior awards – the ones where no one cares if you can’t string two decent sentences together just as long as you look good* on the rugby field.
    *By good I mean good player.

  • Comment 31, posted at 03.12.10 17:10:24 by beet Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 31) :
    Disagree with you there.

    At this age many young players shine brightly, only to later fade under the brighter glare of senior rugby, or be surpassed later by players who are late bloomers, or just work harder (think Hilton Lobberts or Jorrie Muller).

    I think these awards are good indications of players who are willing to put in the hard work, recognise that they are not complete yet, and have the complete discipline and focus to succeed sustainably.

    I am personally happy to see the names of Sithole and Ojiambo there, as these kids have all the natural ability in the world – it is good to see that they see the need to keep working beyond that too.

  • Comment 32, posted at 03.12.10 18:14:51 by Big Fish Reply
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  • jeez, but there’s just something about Francois Kleinhans… the dude looks like Action Man.

    As for Heimar Williams… he’s more like Stallone in the Rambo days.
    That haircut is something else

  • Comment 33, posted at 03.12.10 18:53:45 by robdylan Reply
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  • Piet Lindeque’s going to be huge. If Adi gets injured he’ll have a tough time dislodging the youngster when he returns to fitness. That’s provided we don’t buy someone like Marius Joubert and Piet gets forced down the pecking order further.

  • Comment 34, posted at 03.12.10 22:16:30 by MerckZ Reply

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  • Its great to hear that we hv so many youngsters coming through and good luck to all

  • Comment 35, posted at 05.12.10 16:50:43 by chaz Reply

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