Where are our junior bok champs?

Written by Janes Van den Berg (Viking)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 5 Mar 2013 at 12:30
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Having a look at the Varsity Cup action over the last couple of weeks I could not help but notice the amount of young talented players in the system at the moment. Many of them have represented the Junior World Championship side last year.

My thoughts dwelled on to think of what happened to all those players since winning the trophy. Well, here is a full list of the 2012 junior bok squad and where they are playing today. My research time and resources were limited but feel free to add on with your comments.

Springbok Capped – 1
Super Rugby Capped – 6 Players (2 Sharks, 2 Bulls, 2 Cheetahs, 1 Stormers)

* – Played in the IRB Junior World Championship Final. Jersey number bracketed

Marais Schmidt – Playing for Lions U21’s
*Dillyn Leyds (15) – Varsity Cup for UCT
*Travis Ismaiel (23) – Super Rugby Bulls extended squad
*Raymond Rhule (14) – Super Rugby for Cheetahs
Tshotsho Mbovane – Blitzbokke Sevens
William Small-Smith – Bulls Super Rugby extended squad and Varsity Cup Tukkies
Paul Jordaan – Super Rugby for Sharks
Patrick Howard – WP Vodacom Cup
*Jan Serfontein (12) – Super Rugby for Bulls and junior Boks 2013
*Tony Jantjies (22) – Blue Bulls Junior levels
*Handrè Pollard (10) – Bulls Super Rugby extended squad and Varsity Cup Tukkies
*Vian van der Watt (9) – Lions U21
*Abrie Griesel (21) – Bulls Junior Levels
*Kobus van Wyk (13) – WP Vodacom Cup squad
*Tshotsho Mbovane (11) – Blitzbokke Sevens
Johan Goosen –Castle Championship for Springboks and Super Rugby for Cheetahs

*Wiaan Liebenberg (6 – C) – Somewhere with the Bulls
*Shaun Adendorff (20) – Bulls Super Rugby extended squad and Varsity Cup Tukkies
Khaya Majola – Unknown
*Braam Steyn (19) – Sharks junior levels
*Fabian Booysen (8) – Lions U21’s
*Pieter Steph du Toit (7) – Super Rugby for Sharks
*Ruan Botha (5) – Stormers Super Rugby extended squad
*Paul Willemse (4) – Bulls Super Rugby extended squad and Varsity Cup Tukkies
Marvin Orie – Junior Boks 2013
*Maks van Dyk (3) – Sharks junior levels
*Allan Dell (17) – Sharks Super Rugby extended squad
*Oliver Kebble (18) – WP junior levels
*Steven Kitshoff (1) – Super Rugby for Stormers
*Mark Pretorius (2) – Lions U21’s
Jason Thomas – Unknown
*Franco Marais (16) – Sharks Super Rugby extended squad


  • Marais Schmidt – UJ Varsity Cup – out injured with broken jaw
    Vian van der Watt – UJ Varsity Cup
    Mark Pretorius – UJ Varsity Cup but out injured (I think)
    Fabian Booysen – UJ Varsity Cup

  • Comment 1, posted at 05.03.13 13:10:23 by Baylion Reply
  • Wiaan Liebenberg is playing Varsity Cup for Tuks, isn’t he?

  • Comment 2, posted at 05.03.13 13:38:06 by robdylan Reply
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  • Cool. I was wondering the same thing this weekend.

    Was Goosen part of the junior squad?

  • Comment 3, posted at 05.03.13 13:39:19 by King Shark Reply
    King Shark
  • Great article Viking! Always nice to see where these guys end up. I had thought of doing the same type of articles, in a series, for the Sharks Craven week teams since 2002, but it was too difficult to track down team sheets.

  • Comment 4, posted at 05.03.13 13:42:56 by StevieS Reply
  • @King Shark (Comment 3) : Was originally but withdrew due to injury, which was why Pollard came in

  • Comment 5, posted at 05.03.13 13:43:12 by Baylion Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : He was last year but I am not sure this year. I have not seen him yet but tracking down the varsity cup squads is more difficult that it would seem.

  • Comment 6, posted at 05.03.13 13:45:07 by Viking Reply
  • @King Shark (Comment 3) : He was initially, but as far as I remember Crystal Boy missed the tournament due to injury.

  • Comment 7, posted at 05.03.13 13:45:14 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 7) : Yip…He missed it due to the shoulder injury picked up in super rugby.

  • Comment 8, posted at 05.03.13 13:51:56 by Viking Reply
  • Khaya Majola is at the sharks,played the odd game for the sharks u21 and is now in the extended vodacom cup squad

  • Comment 9, posted at 05.03.13 14:27:38 by bobby 26 Reply
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  • @King Shark (Comment 3) : Not last year, he was out injured with a shoulder injury remember.

  • Comment 10, posted at 05.03.13 16:31:21 by KingCheetah Reply

  • @KingCheetah (Comment 10) : to be fair, it’s pretty hard to keep track of all Goosen’s injuries… he has 3 new ones each season.

  • Comment 11, posted at 05.03.13 16:40:26 by robdylan Reply
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  • Can you really count Goosen? He didn’t play at all during the JWC due to injury.

  • Comment 12, posted at 05.03.13 17:32:08 by TRF_Ezequiel Reply


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