A number of KwaZulu Natal players – as well as one from elsewhere who’s hoping to make a big impact in the black and white next season – have been included in a strong SA schools 23 to take on France in Wellington this evening.
Bulls prop Pierre Schoeman will captain the side, which is participating in a triangular series against tonight’s opponents, England and Wales over the course of the next week. Maritzburg College fullback Jesse Kriel, unfortunately headed for the Bulls next year, will start in his favoured position, with Kearsney centre Sandile Kubeka – who rumour would have it is going to stay in Durban next year – named at 13.
The ubiquitous du Preez twins are there, of course, with Jean-Luc starting at blindside flank and twin brother Daniel named on the bench. The whole family will, I’m sure, be down in the Cape for this one, with elder brother Rob set to captain the Sharks under 19 side against Western Province a day later.
Keep an eye out for tall lock Gideon “Koegies” Keogelenberg, who our sources tell us will be joining the Sharks Academy, from Boland, next year. He starts in the number 4 jersey.
15 Jesse Kriel – KwaZulu-Natal
14 Sergeal Petersen -Eastern Province
13 Sandile Kubeka -KwaZulu-Natal
12 Rohan Janse van Rensburg -Blue Bulls
11 Duhan van der Merwe -SWD
10 Handré Pollard (vice-captain) -Western Province
9 Justin Phillips -Blue Bulls
8 Jano Venter -Pumas
7 Jean-Luc du Preez -KwaZulu-Natal
6 Thabo Mabuza -Blue Bulls
5 John-Dave Schickerling -Western Province
4 Gideon Koegelenberg -Boland
3 Dayan van der Westhuizen -Blue Bulls
2 Malcolm Marx -Golden Lions
1 Pierre Schoeman (captain) -Blue Bulls
16 Chad Solomon -Western Province
17 Ox Nche -Free State
18 Wilco Louw -Boland
19 Abongile Nonkontwana – Blue Bulls
20 Daniël du Preez -KwaZulu-Natal
21 Akhona Sihunu -Border
22 Ryno Eksteen -Blue Bulls
23 Warrick Gelant -SWD