Sharks under 21 squad named

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks on 17 Jun 2011 at 08:14
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After putting the cream of young talent in the province through their paces via a grueling set of trial matches, Sharks under-21 head coach Sean Everitt has announced his squad to contest the 2011 ABSA Under 21 Competition.

The squad contains a mixture of contracted players – many of whom have already worked with Everitt in the Vodacom Cup this year – and Academy boys who have excelled on the local club scene. In addition to the squad of 30, who will commence training on Monday and won’t be available for club action after that, an additional 15 players have been included in a wider training group, who will do conditioning training with the squad in the mornings before being released to their clubs for evening training.

There are a number of eligible players, including the likes of Nick Schonert, Francois Kleinhans, Paul Jordaan, Marcell Coetzee and Sbura Sithole, who have not been included at this stage due to SA Under 20 or Super Rugby commitments. These players will be assessed once released from those other squads and will probably be added to the under 21 squad later.

Schonert’s inclusion would certainly strengthen a squad lacking big names in the front row, with only loosehead Njabulo Mkhize having gained higher honours when representing SA Schools in 2008. Hookers Monde Hadebe and Shaun Malton are no strangers to the limelight, though, with both having represented the Sharks XV this year. Hadebe was a Baby Bok last year, while Malton also played SA Schools in 2008. Amongst the locks, Peet Marais (younger brother of senior lock Jandre) played regular Vodacom Cup rugby this year and also represented the Baby Boks in 2010. He’ll be joined by the massive 2.06m frame of Johan Schoonbee, who’ll look to make a big impact this year.

Siseko Jafta, a livewire blind side flank who is still under 19 this year will lead the charge at loose forward, along with Baby Bok and SA Sevens loose forward Lubabalo Mtembu. Chris Cloete is also there – the’s a promising open-sider who missed out on the entire under 19 season last year after breaking his leg in the opening game of the campaign.

The backs are a far more experienced lot, with halfbacks Cobus Reinach and Willie du Plessis returning from last year’s under 21 side. The Rovers pair of Charlie Purdon and Andrew Norton will provide good backup and there is no shortage of talented centres either, with Dwayne Jenner, Heimar Williams, Piet Lindeque and Kayde Fisher all highly rated. Lindeque and Williams played for the SA Schools and SA Academy teams respectively in 2009, while Jenner was plucked from virtual obscurity to start for the Sharks in a pre-Currie Cup friendly match last year.

There are a good number of outside and utility backs in the squad too, including Gouws Prinsloo, who played a few games at fullback for the Sharks XV this year, Jaco van Tonder and Kieran Goss.

Sharks under 21 squad:

Props: Njabuo Mkhize, Danie Mienie, Jacques Kotzer, Reece Dabner
Hookers: Shaun Malton, Monde Hadebe
Locks: Peet Marais, Johan Schoonbee, Pieter-Stef du Toit, JC Wasserman
Loose Forwards: Siseko Jafta, Brynard Stander, Chris Cloete, Lubabalo Mtembu, Rhyk Welgemoed
Scrumhalves: Cobus Reinach, Charlie Purdon
Flyhalves: Willie du Plessis, Andrew Norton
Centres: Heimar Williams, Dwayne Jenner, Piet Lindeque, Kayde Fisher, Jared Meyer
Wings: Yamkela Ngam, Chrislyn van Schalkwyk
Fullback: Gouws Prinsloo
Utility Backs: Nico vd Westhuizen, Kieran Goss, Jaco van Tonder

Training group:
Ryno Olivier, Devon Lailvaux, Billy van Lill, Mandla Dube, Nick Dodgen, Johan de Bruin, Karolis Navickas, Tim Motz, Jandre Jacobs, Riaan Basson, Mike Williams, Lesley-Dean Luiters, Gideon Bruwer, Byron vd Nescht, Dwayne Kelly


  • Good luck for the season guys.

  • Comment 1, posted at 17.06.11 08:22:35 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Will there be a Green Machine v Blue Rabble preview from anyone.

  • Comment 2, posted at 17.06.11 08:23:41 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Good to see Sean opting for the training group to train with the guys.

    It’s an excellent way of avoiding a surprise regarding a players physical condition when you need to call on his support from club rugby.

  • Comment 3, posted at 17.06.11 08:25:44 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • I would like to see the curry cup training group…just to look who is in of the boys, I can’t think that they won’t give Heimar Williams, Dwayne Jenner, Piet Lindeque,reinaacht a go, considering our super 15 hick ups…

  • Comment 4, posted at 17.06.11 08:28:00 by BoerSeun Reply
  • @BoerSeun (Comment 4) : ha ha. You forgot who the coach is 🙂

  • Comment 5, posted at 17.06.11 08:29:05 by robdylan Reply
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  • Have a look out for Stander…i remember him being a very good ball carrying loosie at school boy Level. I also read he has had some very impressive performances for Rovers. Another Big Loosie coming through the Ranks. Chuffed! Hope we discover another young fetcher to follow Francois Kleinhans’ Lead. Solid Hookers named. Mkhize and Schonert…couple of Strong/Big Props there. Future looking Bright…It is Black and White 😎

    Would also like to see a Jenner-12 and P.Jordaan-13 combo this year…should be Sick!!!

  • Comment 6, posted at 17.06.11 09:19:37 by JJR Reply
  • if I had to pick a 22, including the missing guys, I would do this…

    (note that I wouldn’t play Jordaan in this squad – it’s hard enough choosing between Williams and Jenner for 12. Paul can add much-needed experience to the under 19s. Also not including Coetzee, who I feel MUST play senior Currie Cup)

    1 Mkhize
    2 Hadebe
    3 Schonert
    4 Marais
    5 Schoonbee
    6 Kleinhans
    7 Jafta (caot)
    8 Mtembu
    9 Reinach
    10 du Plessis
    11 Ngam
    12 Jenner
    13 Lindeque
    14 Goss
    15 Prinsloo

    16 Malton
    17 Mienie
    18 du Toit
    19 Cloete
    20 Purdon
    21 Williams
    22 van Tonder

  • Comment 7, posted at 17.06.11 09:22:33 by robdylan Reply
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  • @JJR (Comment 6) : now see, I don’t rate Jordaan as a 13 🙂

  • Comment 8, posted at 17.06.11 09:24:00 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 8) : Hoekom? Because he did not even get good ball in hand so far for SA U/20’s.They use him as Dummy runner all the time. I feel his kinda laid back approach to defence could cost him at 12…But he still has tons of time to develop his True Potential.

  • Comment 9, posted at 17.06.11 09:29:29 by JJR Reply
  • 😯 so you guys want to play Jordaan in the Super 15, but not at Currie Cup or under 21 level.

  • Comment 10, posted at 17.06.11 09:34:13 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 10) : I want him at U/21 4 sure; if he peforms well then move him up to Currie Cup Squad. I have not seen too much from him, thus far in SA U/20’s. Lets see if he Starts against England.
    I think he can play senior Rugby now; but i don’t know if it is the best way to promote his development at this stage. Some u/21 will give him a very good test and we can see what he is made of.

  • Comment 11, posted at 17.06.11 09:39:09 by JJR Reply
  • @Salmonoid (Comment 10) : when did I ever call for Jordaan to play Super Rugby? Some others, perhaps, but I haven’t yet seen enough to think that he’s the saviour of the senior Sharks just yet 🙂

  • Comment 12, posted at 17.06.11 09:41:34 by robdylan Reply
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  • @JJR (Comment 11) : my reasoning for not really wanting Paul in the under 21s is simple… if we play him there, then we don’t get the opportunity to further develop the likes of Jenner, Williams and du Plessis. Those guys are no longer u21 next year and need a big season with the u21s to show that they should be part of the senior squad next year.

    Added to that, we end up with an under 19 backline devoid of real class in the centres. With Zeilinga and Jordaan playing together, coupled with a strong pack, we could win the under 19 competition this year.

  • Comment 13, posted at 17.06.11 09:44:07 by robdylan Reply
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  • @JJR (Comment 11) : @robdylan (Comment 12) :
    Ok, sorry for tagging you guys.
    Thats it really, we havent seen enough, if anything, of him yet to want him in the senior squad yet there have been many calls for him to be in the super team

  • Comment 14, posted at 17.06.11 09:47:21 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • Good to see the boys are doing well after a tuff season of club rugby….3 games per week? I have seen quite a few club games this season and I have seen a lot of talented players. Collegians u20A scrum half is such a talented player…he played throughout the season in all the back line positions! Why didn’t they leave him on scrum half? Maybe then he would be in the u21 squad. He played already last year with the u19’s while he was still in matric. I really hope he will get a chance to play this season. Isn’t he also a contracted player?

  • Comment 15, posted at 17.06.11 09:49:51 by Kanon Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 12) : Why not. He made that ONE excellent sidestep 4 months ago. He must be our saviour. 😛

  • Comment 16, posted at 17.06.11 09:50:30 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 14) : there have, but I consider those calls reactionary and nonsensical… alongside the clamours of the “we must just buy Sadie” brigade.

    The Sharks’ problems at centre this year could have been solved by more sensible, creative application of the senior players we have already. Swanepoel and Potgieter were both credible options at 12, neither of whom were tried, while Jacobs has been crying out for a start at 13 since the very first rounds, yet never got one.

    If anyone from outside the squad should or could have been looked at, my money would be on Jerome Pretorius.

  • Comment 17, posted at 17.06.11 09:51:12 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Kanon (Comment 15) : Dwayne Kelly? He’s in the wider group and is definitely the 3rd scrummie… I reckon his age might be counting against him here to an extent. Got to take the chances that come his way this season and look to establish himself as the starting scrummie next year.

  • Comment 18, posted at 17.06.11 09:54:18 by robdylan Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 16) : ah yes… that tap never stood a chance

  • Comment 19, posted at 17.06.11 09:57:03 by robdylan Reply
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  • Karolis Navickas… now there’s an interesting story.

    The kid’s a Ukranian who came to the Zululand Academy via a club somewhere in the UK. He’s already represented Russia in tests, though.

    Doesn’t speak great English, but tells me he’s very keen to play for the Sharks and wants to work very hard

  • Comment 20, posted at 17.06.11 10:05:52 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 13) : Good Point Rob.
    Still don’t know if Williams or Willie are good enough to become Senior Sharks players. ATM, i feel P.Jordaan and Dwayne Jenner are out two most promosing young prospects a Centre.

  • Comment 21, posted at 17.06.11 10:10:36 by JJR Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 20) : Interesting Story; what possie does he play?

    Jammer for my Spelling in last post…

  • Comment 22, posted at 17.06.11 10:12:52 by JJR Reply
  • @JJR (Comment 21) : I could go either way on Willie, dut I disagree on Heimar… reckon he’s the bizniss

    @JJR (Comment 22) : lock

  • Comment 23, posted at 17.06.11 10:26:06 by robdylan Reply
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  • Good stuff Rob.

    Personally I’m going to set my expectations low for this year’s u21 group and hopefully due to a combo of hard work, good coaching and a whole lot of other factors that go into producing a successful team incl. bounce of the ball, these guys will surprise me.

    There is a lot of good quality in some of the other u21 teams around SA, so these boys will have their work cut out for them. It is however good to hear about the optimism for the season ahead.

    The Jenner vs Williams battle for the 12 jersey has fascinated me for a while now. It’s going to be good to see who emerges as the 1st choice. Jenner has done some good work for the u21 in 2010 and it will be sad if he gets brushed aside, however having just watched our centre dilema at Superugby level unfold, it really is in the Sharks best interests to now develop centres that offer more than we’ve seen from the likes of Meyer, Swanepoel and even Strauss in terms of allround ability. For this reason, I think it’s crucial that Heimar Williams, who has far more potential to make that jump up to senior level, be given as much opportunity to develop as possible.

  • Comment 24, posted at 17.06.11 10:59:30 by beet Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 24) : I really struggle to pick between Dwayne and Heimar. I’ve got to know both young men quite well over the last year and they are both true gentlemen. Sometimes it’s just cruel that there are only 15 places in the run-on side.

  • Comment 25, posted at 17.06.11 11:10:45 by robdylan Reply
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  • next question – who’s going to captain this side?

  • Comment 26, posted at 17.06.11 11:40:25 by robdylan Reply
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  • candidates… Jafta, Perhaps Malton (but will he make starting xv?). Reinach. Marais. Jenner…?

  • Comment 27, posted at 17.06.11 11:41:38 by robdylan Reply
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