Junior Bok trials underway

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks on 31 Mar 2015 at 10:31
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A large group of Under 20 players has assembled in Stellenbosch this week to take part in trial matches and a training camp, with a view to being selected for Dawie Theron’s 28-man Junior Springbok squad for this year’s World Rugby Junior World Championship. Yes, that’s right. The name “World” now appears twice. It will do so again when we have the World Rugby Rugby World Cup. Marketing geniuses abound, but I digress.

The squad comprises mainly WP and Blue Bulls players (don’t all faint from surprise) but a couple of Sharks boys have managed to sneak in.

Recent Super Rugby debutant Daniel du Preez, who missed out on last year’s tournament due to injury, has been invited, as has twin brother Jean-Luc, who played a starring role in 2014. They are joined by a sextet of players who shone for the Sharks at under 19 level last year; tighthead prop and captain Ruan Kramer, loosehead prop Mzamo Majola, lock Hyron Andrews, number 8 Ayron Schramm, scrumhalf Rowan Gouws and flyhalf Innocent Radebe. Majola, Andrews and Schramm all made thier Vodacom Cup debuts this year, while Gouws and Radebe have both starred in the UKZN Impi Varsity Shield side.

Dan du Preez will not participate in the camp this week due to Super Rugby commitments, but along with Thomas du toit will come strongly into the reckoning when the final squad is named.

Here’s the full squad:

Vodacom Blue Bulls

Matthys Basson (prop), Warrick Gelant (centre), Njabula Gumede (prop), Dewald Human (flyhalf), JT Jackson (centre), Jason Jenkins (lock), Jurie Linde (centre), Jinx Molapo (wing), Adrian Maebane (centre), Menzi Nhlabathi (flanker), Abongile Nonkontwana (lock), Luigy Van Jaarsveld (number eight), Alandre Van Rooyen (hooker), Ivan Van Zyl (scrumhalf)

Boland Cavaliers

GL Erasmus (scrumhalf)

Eastern Province

Malcolm Jaer (fullback), Tyler Paul (flank), CJ Velleman (flank)

Toyota Free State Cheetahs

Joseph Dweba (hooker), Lorenzo Gordon (wing), Gunther Janse van Vuuren (prop), Gerhardus Labuschagne (centre), Ox Nche (prop), Stephen Rautenbach (centre), Frans Steyn (Shimlas, hooker), Andre Swarts (wing), Arno van Staden (wing), Conrad van Vuuren (prop), Reinach Venter (hooker), Jasper Wiese (number eight)

Xerox Golden Lions

Ruan Ackermann (lock), Marco Janse van Vuuren (scrumhalf), Le Roux Roets (lock), Gerdus van der Walt (centre)

Cell C Sharks

Hyron Andrews (lock), Dan du Preez (lock), Jean-Luc du Preez (flanker), Ruan Kramer (prop), Rowan Gouws (scrumhalf), Mzamo Majola (prop), Ayron Scrhamm (number eight), Innocent Radebe (flyhalf)


Mogau Mabokela (Pukke, prop), Walt Steenkamp (Pukke, lock)

DHL Western Province

Ruan Brits (hooker), Dan du Plessis (hooker), Daniel du Plessis (centre), Jaco Coetzee (number eight), Grant Hermanus (fullback), Michael Kumbirai (prop), Remu Malan (Maties, scrumhalf), Daniel Maree (flank), Ryan Oosthuizen (centre), Khanyo Ngcukana (wing), Justin Phillips (scrumhalf), Ernst Stapelberg (flyhalf), Brandon Thomson (flyhalf), Christo van der Merwe (Maties, flanker), Francois van der Merwe (prop), Frans van Wyk (prop), Jacques Vermeulen (flanker), EW Viljoen (fullback), Edward Zandbergh (lock), Leolin Zas (wing)


  • 14 Bulls
    12 Cheetahs
    20 WP
    and only 8 Sharks,
    That is not very good.

  • Comment 1, posted at 31.03.15 11:05:28 by Seth101 Reply
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  • Large group of players not here due to VC & SR committmentd. Dont read too much into the names

  • Comment 2, posted at 31.03.15 11:09:44 by Morné Reply
  • @Seth101 (Comment 1) : it is what it is. WP and Bulls contract 40+ under 19s each year. We do 10.

    In fact, it’s amazing how good our strike rate is. Around 80% of our contracted under 19s from last year have made the squad

  • Comment 3, posted at 31.03.15 11:28:44 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Seth101 (Comment 1) : @robdylan (Comment 3) : Before we get excited lets remember where our junior sharks sides finished last year. So no real surprise to be honest.

  • Comment 4, posted at 31.03.15 12:04:45 by SheldonK Reply

  • What is happening with Morne Joubert? Heard really good things and would like to know how his progress is going.

  • Comment 5, posted at 31.03.15 13:01:00 by Saarks Reply

  • Did I spot Frans Steyn at hooker. Versatile man! No wonder his kicking game wasn’t great this weekend. He’s a closet front ranker!!

  • Comment 6, posted at 31.03.15 13:06:00 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @Saarks (Comment 5) : I’m actually not sure how he’s doing. I know he had an injury problem last year. Maybe he’s “in the fridge”?

  • Comment 7, posted at 31.03.15 13:07:12 by robdylan Reply
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  • Did I see correctly, did you guys lose Jean-Luc du Plessis?

  • Comment 8, posted at 31.03.15 13:43:41 by Morné Reply
  • So Pollards finally graduated!

  • Comment 9, posted at 31.03.15 14:07:51 by RuckingFun Reply

  • @Morné (Comment 8) : yes we did. You’re welcome. We’ll thank you later.

  • Comment 10, posted at 31.03.15 14:21:52 by robdylan Reply
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  • Yep, he is with WP now, starred in their first VC game againt Boland. Not sure if he played last weekend against the Sharks. I think I remember reading something about attitude at some stage in the past.

  • Comment 11, posted at 31.03.15 15:29:55 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Seth101 (Comment 1) :

    and 4 lions ….

  • Comment 12, posted at 31.03.15 15:32:18 by Zibbie Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 10) : Thanks a stack

  • Comment 13, posted at 31.03.15 17:06:04 by Morné Reply
  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 11) : So WP is the new recycle bin for discarded Sharks fh’s…good luck to them 😈

  • Comment 14, posted at 31.03.15 17:47:17 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @Morné (Comment 13) : so ietwat van ‘n houdingsprobleem

  • Comment 15, posted at 31.03.15 17:56:10 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 11) : he kicked us to pieces on Saturday.

    I guess he must be REALLY ANGRY with the Sharks.

  • Comment 16, posted at 31.03.15 18:00:47 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 16) : Ha ha, very sharp

  • Comment 17, posted at 31.03.15 20:21:55 by KingCheetah Reply

  • “World Rugby Rugby World Cup”… 😯
    Never a dull moment!!

  • Comment 18, posted at 01.04.15 19:59:59 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 3) : That is a very good strike rate…and considering that a Super Rugby Squad will NEVER be made up of the u20’s from 1 year, but rather more like of the u20’s from 10 years, I prefer the Sharks’ policy…

  • Comment 19, posted at 01.04.15 20:02:20 by pastorshark Reply
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