Plenty of Sharks make Junior Bok cut

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks on 4 Apr 2014 at 17:19
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After a week of trials the SA Under 20 selectors have trimmed down their training group, selecting a squad of 36 players who will stay on in Stellenbosch to work further with Dawie Theron and the coaches ahead of the selection of the team for the Junior World Championship in New Zealand.

It’s a bit of a strange situation; only players who are not currently part of their unions’ Super Rugby or Vodacom Cup playing squads have been selected to stay on. This means that in addition to the 36 chosen, there are 13 other players who remain very much in contention for places in the final squad (in fact, should be almost assured of places if their form warrants it) who have been released back to their provinces. Reading between the lines, those in the group of 36 will need to work exceedingly hard to justify positions ahead of others who have already made the step up to senior rugby in one way or another.

The Sharks contingent did very well on the whole. We’d like to start by commiserating with loose forwards Ray Williams and Sias Koen and winger Alrin Eksteen. They were the three boys from Durban who didn’t make it this time around, but as people who’ve watched a lot of players come and go over the years, we know that Junior Springbok selection, while a nice fillip for a young player, certainly isn’t a mandatory precursor to a successful senior career – just ask Marcell Coetzee if you want proof of that!

Andre Esterhuizen, who has already played Super Rugby for the Sharks, was excused from the camp but is very much in the final reckoning, as are prop Thomas du Toit and centres Neil Maritz and Sandile Khubeka, all three of whom have been released for Vodacom Cup duty.

In addition to those four, seven other junior Sharks players will stay on for the training camp; they are hooker Chris de Beer, lock Gideon Koegelenberg, utility forwards Jean-Luc and Daniel du Preez, number 8 Ayron Schramm, scrumhalf Cameron Wright and flyhalf Jean-Luc du Plessis.

Congrats to all the above. Here is the full 36-man SA Under-20 training squad:

Vodacom Blue Bulls:

Dan Kriel, Pierre Schoeman, Duncan Mathews, JP Smith, Corniel Els, Wilco Louw, Dayan van der Westhuizen, Abongile Nonkontwana, Nicolaas Janse van Rensburg, Warrick Gelant, Ganfred May, Marcus Kleinbooi, Chris Massyn, Ngobisizwe Mxoli, Marquit September, Leighton van Wyk

Golden Lions:

Ramone Samuels, Jaco Van der Walt, Jano Venter, Victor Sisekete


Lloyd Greef

Toyota Free State:

Ox Nche, Joseph Dweba, Mthokozisi Mkhabela

Cell C Sharks XV:

Gideon Koegelenberg, Chris de Beer, Jean-Luc du Plessis, Daniel du Preez, Jean-Luc du Preez, Cameron Wright, Ayron Schramm

DHL Western Province:

JD Schickerling, Daniel du Plessis, Jarryd Sage, Chad Solomon, Frans van Wyk

Players not included in the updated training group due to Vodacom Super Rugby and Vodacom Cup commitments:

Aidon Davis (EP Kings), André Esterhuizen (Cell C Sharks), Cyle Brink (Golden Lions), Handré Pollard (Vodacom Bulls), Jan Uys (DHL Western Province), Jesse Kriel (Vodacom Blue Bulls), Malcolm Marx (Lions), Neil Maritz (Cell C Sharks XV), Nico Lee (Toyota Free State XV), Sandile Khubeka (Cell C Sharks XV), Sergeal Petersen (EP Kings), Thabo Mabuza (Golden Lions), Thomas du Toit (Cell C Sharks XV).


  • Andre Esterhuizen shall most certainly play SR on a regular basis for the Sharks this year, be brilliant in CC and soon be in the senior bok squad. He is a brilliant, well rounded player. If I was JW he would be in my SR squad playing from the bench in most games. Very impressive young man.

  • Comment 1, posted at 04.04.14 18:07:32 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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  • Call me biased but I only care about Chris and Cam :D.

  • Comment 2, posted at 04.04.14 18:29:59 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @Seth101 (Comment 2) : But best of luck for the rest of the Sharks guys!

  • Comment 3, posted at 04.04.14 18:31:28 by Seth101 Reply
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  • This is great. Good recruiting by the academy. We need to keep these guys at the Sharks because they are the future.

  • Comment 4, posted at 05.04.14 07:05:47 by GreatSharksays Reply

  • @KILLER SHARK (Comment 1) : best player to come out of our ranks since Frans…Lambie is class but I have a feeling about this kid. He has it all. Even Pace for all the doubters out there, this boy has some serious pace in comparison to top class international player he is quick enough. In the sharks camp however you have a few pace freaks where he might look a tad slow. But in general his speed is more that ample. I will go on record that he has much more pace than willie le roux….

  • Comment 5, posted at 05.04.14 11:12:58 by BoerSeun Reply

  • Good luck to all the guys mentioned above – Sharks, of course!
    Has anyone heard how the Sharks XV did! ?

  • Comment 6, posted at 05.04.14 18:30:55 by [email protected] Reply

  • Congrats to all the Sharks youngsters for getting this far, hope you all make the final cut.

  • Comment 7, posted at 07.04.14 23:29:49 by JD Reply
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