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Sharks youngsters dominate Baby Bok squad


Written by Udo Lütge (pastorshark)

Posted in :Springboks on 29 Mar 2019 at 19:44

In recognition of the dominant Sharks u19 squad of last year, the 34-man Junior Springbok training squad contains 14 Sharks players.

Junior Springbok coach Chean Roux announced his training squad that will assemble in Stellenbosch next week. The training camp is part of the SA Rugby Academy programme and will take from next week (1 April) and continues until 18 April. The squad will play three friendlies during this time – they take on Argentina u20, Georgia u20 and a senior Namibian XV. Ultimately this is all part of the preparations for the World Rugby u20 Championship which takes place in June this year.

The 14 Sharks include familiar names like Pepsi Buthelezi, JJ van der Mescht and Fez Mbatha. Apparently these gents will continue with their Sharks Super Rugby commitments – I assume that means they join the u20 camp for part of the week?

The rest of the squad is made up of 8 Blue Bulls, 6 WP, 3 Lions and 2 Free State players. The complete training squad is:

Thaakir Abrahams (Sharks) Phendulani Buthelezi (Sharks) David Coetzer (Western Province) Caleb Dingaan (Sharks) Vusile Dlepu (Western Province) Kudzwai Dube (Blue Bulls) Celimpilo Gumede (Sharks) Jaden Hendrikse (Sharks) Francke Horn (Western Province) Hanro Jacobs (Sharks) Sabastian Jobb (Blue Bulls) Qamani Kota (Blue Bulls) David Kriel (Western Province) Jaco Labuschagne (Blue Bulls) Elrigh Louw (Free State) Nkosikhona Masuku (Golden Lions) Fezokuhle Mbatha (Sharks) Thabiso Mdletshe (Sharks) JJ van der Mescht (Sharks) James Mollentze (Free State) Lunga Ncube (Sharks) Jay Cee Nel (Blue Bulls) Sanele Nohamba (Sharks) Asenathi Ntlabakanye (Golden Lions) Marnus Potgieter (Blue Bulls) Rikus Pretorius (Western Province) Dylan Richardson (Sharks) Evan Roos (Sharks) Sibusiso Sangweni (Golden Lions) Janko Swanepoel (Blue Bulls) Emile van Heerden (Sharks) Joe van Zyl (Blue Bulls) Dameon Venter (Golden Lions) Mnombo Zwelendaba (Western Province)



18 Comments

  • The future looks pretty good – it seems our junior contracting approach has been working and the academy has done well. Given conditions that lure players overseas at a far more rapid rate, we really need this! I’m looking forward to seeing whether the structures that take these guys to the top of the senior crop do the work I am hoping for!

  • Comment 1, posted at 29.03.19 19:49:21 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Congratulations to the boys. Well deserved. We’ve been stressing about what is going to happen when akker and the dup boys leave. Here’s the opportunity for these young guns to step up and steal the show. Like I said on another thread in Dylan Richardson, Buthulezi, JJ, Roos, Jacobs, Gumede and van heerden the forwards are well stocked with quality players. Abrahams and Muller Du Plessis were the star full backs at school. So seems like we are recruiting well again.

  • Comment 2, posted at 30.03.19 10:19:37 by sudhir Reply

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  • At fly half maybe Sanele Nohamba can be groomed to add depth.

  • Comment 3, posted at 30.03.19 10:21:58 by sudhir Reply

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  • @sudhir (Comment 2) : yup, it is good to see. Does anyone know who is in charge of our junior recruiting? Whoever it is is doing a top job…

  • Comment 4, posted at 30.03.19 10:42:46 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 4) : Let’s hope we actually get the benefit in seeing it translate to our senior teams.

  • Comment 5, posted at 30.03.19 12:32:19 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 5) : Whoever is in charge may be well utilised doing work for our seniors also.

  • Comment 6, posted at 30.03.19 12:33:25 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @pastorshark (Comment 4) : I think it is Jacques Botes – I may be miles off the mark though.

  • Comment 7, posted at 01.04.19 15:59:32 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • Thanks for this article.

    Not long ago I was engaged in some friendly banter here about the Sharks under Teichman, some feeling he has done very little for the union while runing an old boys club, my comment was for those that felt so to take a step back and look at the bigger picture in the time that Teich was there. No one really did it and the thread moved on. Well this article ties into what I was hoping someone would have latched onto as it is exactly what I had in mind.

    Here is the question – How did the Sharks manage to be crowned as the 2018 under 19 champions – unbeaten champions at that, stemming from that quetion one also must ask the question of how did me even manage to put a competitive team together considering our total absence of a varsity cup side, no fancy rugby playing varsities anymore and a very limted school feeder system.

    The next question that needs to be asked is how is it possible that the bulk of the Baby Bok squad is made up of Sharks players. It makes sense considering the great 2018 year our under 19s had but if we have to be honest its a stat that really does not make rugby sense considering the lay of the land in a SA junior rugby context.

  • Comment 8, posted at 01.04.19 16:20:24 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 8) : I think it that is exactly why our academy and our contracting deserve great credit…

  • Comment 9, posted at 01.04.19 17:29:39 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Well, Fez Mbatha will get a few more chances than he might have thought in the next few weeks…

  • Comment 10, posted at 01.04.19 19:36:36 by pastorshark Reply
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  • The youngsters are playing their first warm-up game today…

  • Comment 11, posted at 09.04.19 12:21:38 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 11) : Gumede and Nohamba look like great prospects just wish Nohamba was 5 kgs heavier

  • Comment 12, posted at 09.04.19 14:39:01 by Byron Wright Reply

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  • @Byron Wright (Comment 12) : give him time he will still grow!!

  • Comment 13, posted at 09.04.19 21:12:19 by JD Reply
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  • The boys won 58-10 against Georgia…

  • Comment 14, posted at 09.04.19 23:10:20 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Captain and no. 8 Francke Horn scored 4 tries including a hatrick in the opening 26 minutes…

  • Comment 15, posted at 09.04.19 23:13:29 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 13) : True he just has so much skill I would hate to see him struggle to make it based on size.

  • Comment 16, posted at 10.04.19 08:40:34 by Byron Wright Reply

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  • @Byron Wright (Comment 16) : very true but luckily for him at 9 it is not that much of a problem.

  • Comment 17, posted at 10.04.19 11:13:24 by JD Reply
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  • Hmmm…our youngsters did little to lift the gloom by losing to the Argentina u20′s. They fell 0-15 behind early and just couldn’t claw it back, finally losing 33-34…

  • Comment 18, posted at 17.04.19 20:52:42 by pastorshark Reply
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