Jonsson College Rovers have named a strong squad to compete in the inaugural Cell C Community Cup, which kicks off with a match between the reigning National Club Champions and EP’s Despatch, in Durban on Saturday.
Rovers have named a strong squad of 35 players for the tournament, with a fair few in the group who have represented the Sharks at age-group, Vodacom Cup or even Currie Cup level in the past. A viictim of their own success, to an extent, Rovers are used to having to rebuild their squad each year, as the crop of stars from National Club Champs tends to get snapped up by smaller Currie Cup provinces or Varsity Cup teams for the following season. The Community Cup offers a chance for exposure to the cream of club players in the province this year, hence an influx of talent to Rovers and the other teams taking part.
Utility back Chris Micklewood captains the side, from either flyhalf or fullback.
The full squad is below, including an indication of the highest honours each player has achieved.
Props: Jandre Jacobs (Sharks u21), Simon Kerrod (Sharks u21), Mox Mxoli (Sharks CC), Thulani Ngidi,
Hookers: Gideon Bruwer(Sharks u21), Duan Coertzen (Sharks u21), Mark Goosen (UCT VC), Chris Kemp
Locks: Nikolai Blignaut (Sharks S14), Simba Bwanya, Wade Elliott (Sharks u21), Dutchie Robertse, Matt Tweddle
Loosies: Murray Bondesio (Sharks u21), Juan Language (Sharks u21), Simo Ntuli, Conrad Stoltz (Sharks CC), Shaq Tshabalala
Scrumhalves: Ivan Ludick (Sharks u19), Lezane Matthysen, Tian Meyer (Pumas CC)
Flyhalves: Andy Borgen (Sharks CC), Chris Micklewood (Sharks u21) (capt), Gav Scott
Centres: Jean Botha, Nick Jackson (Sharks VC), Wandi Mjekevu (Lions S14), Sergio Torrens (Sharks Sevens)
Wings: Jors Dannhauser (Sharks VC), Mzo Mbona (Sharks u21), Anton Verster (Sharks VC), Kyle Wilkinson (Sharks u21)
Fullbacks: Greg Goosen (Sharks CC), Chris Jordaan (Sharks S14), Janco Tiedt (Sharks u19)