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SA Under 20 touring squad named

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Original Content, Springboks on 23 Feb 2011 at 07:33
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SA Under 20 coach Dawie Theron has named his 30 man squad to travel to Argentina to play Argentina a series of internationals in preparation for the IRB Junior World Championship in June.

His squad contains players that took part in the Super Rugby pre season programme at the various franchises as well as a few FNB Varsity Cup players that have impressed the coach.

The Sharks players involved in the tour are wing Emil Schwarz, looseforwards Marcel Coetzee and Francois Kleinhans and prop Nicholas Schonnet.

Players from the Super Rugby franchises include Vodacom Blue Bulls’ Ulrich Beyers (fullback), Courtnall Skosan (wing), Bradley Moolman (centre); together with the Free State Cheetahs fullback Riaan Britz, flyhalf Johan Goosen and scrumhalf Kevin Luiters, and the Golden Lions wing Wandile Mjekevu.

The national selectors have also rewarded UCT Ikeys flanker Nizaam Carr, lock Eben Etzebeth, scrumhalf Ricky Schroeder; as well as Pukke No 8 Cornell du Preez and flyhalf John Welthagen following their consistent performances during the first couple of rounds in the 2011 FNB Varsity Cup.

Players that were not considered due to their involvement with Vodacom Super Rugby and Springbok Sevens commitments are props Frans Malherbe and Steven Kitshoff; hooker Bonga Ntubeni, flanker Siya Kolisi (all DHL Stormers), fullback Jaco Taute (Lions) and Springbok Sevens utility back Paul Jordaan.

The SA U20 touring squad assembles in Johannesburg on March 10 in preparation for their departure to Buenos Aires on 13 March 2011.

SA U20 Tour fixtures:
16 March: SA U20s v Argentina XV
19 March: SA U20s v Argentina U20s (First International)
24 March: SA U20s v Argentina U20s (Second International)

SA U20 Squad:
Fullbacks: Ulrich Beyers (Blue Bulls), Riaan Britz (Free State)
Wings: Wandile Mjekevu (Lions), Emil Schwarz (The Sharks), Courtnall Skosan (Blue Bulls), Sizo Maseko (Western Province)
Centres: Francois Venter, Bradley Moolman (Blue Bulls), Micheal van der Spuy (Western Province)
Flyhalves: Johan Goosen (Free State), John Welthagen (Leopards), Tony Jantjies (Blue Bulls)
Scrumhalves: Ricky Schroeder (Western Province), Kevin Luiters (Free State)
Loose forwards: Nizaam Carr (Western Province), Marcel Coetzee, Francois Kleinhans (The Sharks), Cornell du Preez (Leopards), Arno Botha (Blue Bulls), Jean Cook (Free State).
Locks: Eben Etzebeth (Western Province), Carl Wegner (Free State), Jose Julies (Blue Bulls), Wilhelm van der Sluys (Western Province)
Hookers: Bongi Mbonambi (Blue Bulls), Micheal van Vuuren (Eastern Province)
Props: Juan Schoeman (Blue Bulls), Jon Roy Jenkins (Platinum Leopards), Nicholas Schonnet (The Sharks), Stephan Kotze (Free State)

Players not considered due to involvement with Vodacom Super Rugby and Springbok Sevens: Siya Kolisi, Frans Malherbe, Steven Kitshoff, Bonga Ntubeni (DHL Stormers), Jaco Taute (Lions), Paul Jordaan

We would like to wish the squad all the best for the tour.


  • Powerful team that.

  • Comment 1, posted at 23.02.11 07:40:05 by Speed7 Reply
  • Its weird that they only have 3 centres, but I am sure other backline players will be able to fit in..

  • Comment 2, posted at 23.02.11 07:46:27 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Taute could play centre once finished with Super rugby. This squad is just for Argentina.

  • Comment 3, posted at 23.02.11 07:53:19 by Speed7 Reply

  • We know Taute won’t be involved in Super rugby playoffs. Should be done before May ends.

  • Comment 4, posted at 23.02.11 07:56:44 by Speed7 Reply

  • where the hell is Lindeque? That’s what I want to know…

  • Comment 5, posted at 23.02.11 08:10:46 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 5) : Is Heimar suddenly no longer good enough? Sam Lane who covers both 10/12 is out in the cold after having a good game vs WP and Bradley Moolman, admittedly a good player was sent packing a few weeks back and now leapfrogs Lindeque. Something doesn’t seem right. There must be logical explanations.

  • Comment 6, posted at 23.02.11 08:14:14 by beet Reply
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  • Well done to Sharks players. Francois Kleinhans’ selection is just reward for the form he’s showed last season. I hope he’s able to build on this success so that we can start talking some “BIG future ahead”.

  • Comment 7, posted at 23.02.11 08:27:46 by beet Reply
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  • @beet(comment6) Rugby in SA is one big laugh. Totally agree with what you are saying. Moolman is not good enough to play on this level. He cannot pass both ways and have no skills. Heimar and Piet has proof them as a centre combination. Now suddenly they in the cold.

    Johan Goosen at 10 with Lane covering for him is our best. John Welthagen is not even close. All his games for pukke was not up to standard. his last game agianst tuks was bad. he will not start in the next game. We will not make the final if our best is not in Italy. What a shame

  • Comment 8, posted at 23.02.11 08:32:22 by Reebok Reply

  • @Reebok (Comment 8) : Hi Reebok – welcome to the site. Always nice to have more people here who know our junior players well.

    I have a theory about this squad… I wonder if this isn’t more of a “fringe team” that Theron wants to use to see what else he has available? Certainly guys like Piet and Heimar MUST come into the reckoning when the squad for Italy is chosen…

    Or is this a knee-jerk reaction to the team that Theron picked losing so badly to the WP Vodacom Cup side?

  • Comment 9, posted at 23.02.11 08:38:22 by robdylan Reply
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  • Seems most of the young Sharks were put out to pasture. Is the scrumhalf Ricky Schroeder the same guy who played for the baby boks last year? If so, heaven help them. He couldnt find his flyhalf even when he was holding his hand and was as slow as a free state rugby administrator!

  • Comment 10, posted at 23.02.11 08:49:09 by Pablo Dinero Reply

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  • @Pablo Dinero (Comment 10) : No Ricky play WP u/19 last year and is from Paul Roos. Louis Schreuder (WP) and Lohan Jacobs (BB) played last year.

  • Comment 11, posted at 23.02.11 08:52:45 by Reebok Reply

  • @Reebok (Comment 11) : Louis Schreuder – thats the guy. Watched him play on a cold rainy day in Biarritz where his biggest fans were the French supporters.

  • Comment 12, posted at 23.02.11 08:54:48 by Pablo Dinero Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 5) :
    @beet (Comment 6) :

    Maybe something to consider…

    These guys are touring out there when the guys left behind will be playing Vodacom Cup week in and week out.

    Maybe he is testing a few players, knowing what he has in Lindeque in co..

  • Comment 13, posted at 23.02.11 08:57:59 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 9) :

    I only saw that comment now..

    I have to agree with your fringe-squad theory..

  • Comment 14, posted at 23.02.11 08:59:55 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Reebok (Comment 11) : where you from? As you know Welthagen did not have a good game against tukkies and it was not televised i assume that you are from my neck of the woods… 100% agree with you. Heimar and Lindeque should be the centre pairing.

    Goosen i guess deserves to be there, but he has got a huge reputation, hell, if he gets only half as good as i hear he is he will be our next bok flyhalf, but on the flyhalf front, welthagen do not deserve to be there. not even close.

  • Comment 15, posted at 23.02.11 09:24:39 by VanWilder Reply

  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 14) : Thanks. This theory makes me feel a lot better.

  • Comment 16, posted at 23.02.11 10:25:00 by beet Reply
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  • @VanWilder (Comment 15) : I am East Rand boytjie. Watch as much games as possible. When Welthagen where sub with 25min remaining the game changed. Cecil Dumond replaced him and score within 2 minutes. Rudi Joubert is put on compusory leave for 2 weeks.

    All my comments is only my opinion and I am not always right.

  • Comment 17, posted at 23.02.11 10:30:41 by Reebok Reply

  • @Reebok (Comment 17) :

    This is a blog and all comments are only but opinions at the end of the day..

    Welcome to the site by the way! Its nice to have more guys on here that know about the youth and younger players.

  • Comment 18, posted at 23.02.11 10:34:13 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Reebok (Comment 17) : i`m from potch, so i thought you should also be from here. Is Uncle Rudy really put on leave? 😯 😆 eversince he took over, Puk rugby just went backwards…. it started with the u/19s and u/21s for the last few years. now the problem is with the first team. theyve got NO gameplan or defence structures. Sad to see the once mighty Puk play like they do…

  • Comment 19, posted at 23.02.11 10:44:07 by VanWilder Reply

  • This is crazy!!!! Team does not reflect steady performances in 2010…but trail performance…’trails are for combinations…not a standard for reward’…Jake Whites quote…

  • Comment 20, posted at 23.02.11 12:52:20 by BoerSeun Reply

  • @Reebok: a player at this level who cannot pass both ways (or players who don’t know how to draw a defender in a 2-on-1 ),is inexcusable 🙁 sad reflection on the standard of some of the coaching in sa schools rugby..and craven week plus moolman has already been in bulls u19 set-up for a season..
    What irks me is how some commentators will still say after a handling error:yes,but he is a prop,he should never have been in the backline.. ???!

  • Comment 21, posted at 23.02.11 13:23:32 by bergshark Reply

  • If we are to move forward to be the unchallenged top rugby playing nation in the world,we need to get coaches out there who are willing to go the extra mile or sometimes even miles at school level.that is where the foundation gets laid.

  • Comment 22, posted at 23.02.11 13:27:06 by bergshark Reply


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