Junior Bok hopefuls invited for camp

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content on 23 Jan 2017 at 10:11
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They may not have a head coach lined up yet, but preparations are moving ahead all the same for the 2017 Junior Springbok campaign, with a large group of the country’s top under 20 players invited to Pretoria this week for an assessment camp.

The squad – featuring nearly 90 players – comprises mostly Bulls, Western Province and Lions players, as we’ve seen before. Joburg has really upped its game in terms of junior recruiting and now seems able to contract and develop a similar number of juniors on an annual basis to those coming out of Pretoria and Cape Town. A fair smattering of Sharks juniors has also made the initial cut, with three members of the Super Rugby training squad among those invited.

There’s no surprise in seeing Curwin Bosch’s name there; as one of the few heroes from last year’s dismal Junior World Championship campaign and a nominee for world Under 20 Player of the Year, expect Bosch to walk into this year’s final squad, assuming Super Rugby commitments don’t get in the way. Also in the mix are young winger Ilunga Mukendi and former Leopards junior flyhalf Benhard Janse van Rensburg, both of whom are training with Robert du Preez’s extended squad despite still being eligible for under 20 rugby.

A number of players from last year’s Sharks under 19 side are also in the mix – lock Clifferd Jacobs, winger Mfundo Ndhlovu, scrumhalf Faf de Villiers, centre Taigh Schoor as well as prop Khutu Mchunu (who captained the side). The Sharks have also brought in two young players to bolster their junior ranks in 2017 and both flyhalf Courney Winnaar and loose forward Kwandu Dimaza have been invited to the camp. Both products of Dale College, Winaar played senior rugby for EP last year in their Currie Cup Qualifying campaign, while Dimaza represented South Africa “A” at under 18 level.

Here’s the full squad:

Vodacom Blue Bulls
Ciaran Dayaram (Wing)
Irvin Ali (Centre/Wing)
Stedman Gans (Centre)
Heino Bezuidenhout (Centre)
Manie Libbok (Flyhalf)
Boeta Hamman (Flyhalf)
Embrose Papier (Scrumhalf)
Richman Gora (Scrumhalf)
Jaco Bezuidenhout (Flanker)
Eduan Lubbe (No 8)
Ruben van Heerden (Lock)
Hendre Stassen (Lock/Flanker)
Mashao Mukhari (Prop)
Simphiwe Matanzima (Prop)
Gerhard Steenekamp (Prop)
Cabous Eloff (Prop)
Johan Grobbelaar (Hooker)
Christian Strydom (Centre)
Kwezi Mafu (No 8)
Ryno Pieterse (Lock)
Earll Douwrie (Fullback)
Andell Loubser (Wing/Fullback)

EP Kings
Yaw Penxe (Fullback/Wing)
Kamva Dilima (Lock)
Duan du Plessis (Flanker)

Toyota Free State Cheetahs
Kurt Eybers (Centre)
Rewan Kruger (Centre)
Albertus de Bod (Hooker)
Kwenze Blose (Prop)
Marnus van der Merwe (Hooker)

Xerox Golden Lions
Gianni Lombard (Fullback)
Manuel Rass (Centre)
Jeanluc Cilliers (Fullback/Flyhalf)
Tareeq February (Wing)
Michael Tambwe (Wing)
Stean Pienaar (Scrumhalf/Centre)
Wandisile Simelane (Centre)
Wayne van der Bank (Scrumhalf)
Tyrone Green (Flyhalf)
Louritz Van der Schyff (Centre)
Eddie Fouche (Flyhalf)
Bader-Werner Pretorius (Flyhalf)
Bradley Thain (Scrumhalf)
Hacjivah Dayimani (Flanker/No 8)
Len Massyn (No 8)
Reinhard Nothnagel (Lock)
Adre Smith (Lock/Flanker)
Ruan Vermaak (Lock)
Leo Kruger (Utility forward)
Nathan McBeth (Prop)
HP van Schoor (Hooker)
PJ Botha (Hooker)

Cell C Sharks
Curwin Bosch (Flyhalf)
Ilunga Mukendi (Wing)
Taigh Schoor (Centre)
Francois de Villiers (Scrumhalf)
Clifferd Jacobs (Lock)
Khutu Mchunu (Prop)
Kwandu Dimaza (Utility forward)
Courtney Winnaar (Fullback/Flyhalf)
Benhard Janse van Rensburg (Flyhalf)
Mfundo Ndhlovu (Wing)

Edmund Rheeder (No 8)

DHL Western Province
Josh Vermeulen (Centre/Fullback/Wing)
Ryan Muller (Fullback)
David Brits (Centre)
Cornel Smit (Centre)
Juarno Augustus (Flanker/No 8)
Ernst van Rhyn (Lock/Loose forward)
Zain Davids (Flanker)
Kuyenzeka Xaba (Flanker)
Johan Visser (Flanker)
Cobus Wiese (Lock)
Ruben de Villers (Lock)
Carlu Sadie (Prop)
Wikus Groenewald (Prop)
Lee-Marvin Mazibuko (Prop)
Damian Willemse (Flyhalf)
Muller Uys (Flanker)
Salmaan Moerat (Lock)
Daniel Jooste (Hooker)
Sakoyisa Makata (Wing)
Abner van Reenen (Wing)
Tristan Leyds (Fullback)
Nico Leonard (Centre)
Jondre Williams (Scrumhalf)


  • Not sure if it is normally done this way but interesting to read that these players were nominated by the opposition u19 coaches of last year, except for the 2016 SA Schools players who were nominated by the SA Schools coaches

  • Comment 1, posted at 23.01.17 11:04:43 by Baylion Reply
  • Some very promising names there. Big question is who will be training and assessing these guys? And then who will coach? The u20s biggest problem last year is that they had no idea how to defend and were only interesting in attacking.

  • Comment 2, posted at 23.01.17 11:08:56 by SheldonK Reply
  • @SheldonK (Comment 2) : “Acting High Performance manager, Louis Koen – who is a former Springbok flyhalf – will facilitate the assessment camps, which will focus on testing the players’ speed, strength and conditioning levels. A Junior Springbok training squad will be named in due course, and is expected to begin their on-field preparations for the tournament early in March.

    SARU is currently in the process of appointing a Junior Springbok coach, and an announcement will be made once the process is finalised.”

  • Comment 3, posted at 23.01.17 11:14:39 by Baylion Reply
  • @Baylion (Comment 3) : I hope Allister Coetzee get the job!

  • Comment 4, posted at 23.01.17 11:20:47 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Baylion (Comment 3) : So has Koen taken Rassie’s job?
    Is it just me or is this not a waste of time camp if its just testing the players speed, strength and conditioning? Surely those tests could be done at their unions and results sent through? If they are doing more than just testing fair enough…but if not then what a waste of money

  • Comment 5, posted at 23.01.17 11:30:39 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 5) : The camps will be at Affies in Pretoria (Monday and Tuesday) and the Stellenbosch Academy of Sport (Wednesday and Thursday)

    Players from the Leopards, Golden Lions and Blue Bulls will attend the Pta camp while the Stellenbosch camp will be attended by players from Free State, Sharks, EP Kings and WP.

    Without an appointed coach they can’t do much more than testing, I suppose

  • Comment 6, posted at 23.01.17 11:52:38 by Baylion Reply

  • @Baylion (Comment 6) : Yeh i agree that without an appointed coaching team all they can do is testing. Which brings me back to my point about it being a waste of money as surely those tests are and can be done at the respective unions with results sent through. And surely they should be getting the testing results of all contracted u20 players not just this lot.

  • Comment 7, posted at 23.01.17 12:06:47 by SheldonK Reply

  • @Baylion (Comment 3) : My money is on Jonathan Mokuena of the Pukke and Leopards…

  • Comment 8, posted at 23.01.17 12:18:56 by VanWilder Reply

  • @VanWilder (Comment 8) : Do u know if there is a short list? Mokuena would be alright but he is a bit short on experience at a coaching level

  • Comment 9, posted at 23.01.17 12:23:44 by SheldonK Reply

  • @VanWilder (Comment 8) : Mokuena will be baby bok coach and eventually bok coach or blitz bok coach, his got the playing experience even though he hasnt played test rugby, but then again neither has jake white. his a natural leader, lets not rush him like we did stick. that having been said I wont be upset if they do give him the post now, I just hope they design the complete coaching staff so that everyone has a roll that plays to their strengths (see frank rijkard coaching staff at Barcelona, well until his first assistant let and he had to play both good cop and bad cop)

    Guys lets talk about our tour down under to start the tournament. Im concerned we’l be in for a much tougher time than we think, Reds look revitalised

  • Comment 10, posted at 23.01.17 20:12:31 by revolverocelot Reply

  • @revolverocelot (Comment 10) : Reds look revitalised…based on?
    I agree that our tour will be tougher than most people think. On paper the sides we play look ok…and our record has almost always been worse in Australia, than in New Zealand…

  • Comment 11, posted at 23.01.17 20:25:44 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 11) : they have a much better balance between athletic youth and still physically capable experience in their squad this year, with Moore, Higginbotham, cooper and that opensider/8th man returning to oz from bath.

    we can win both games in oz, but only if we are focused through out the game and keep our discipline on point, ozzy teams will always have a interesting game plan, we need to be able to adjust in game to counter their execution.

  • Comment 12, posted at 23.01.17 21:37:24 by revolverocelot Reply

  • @revolverocelot (Comment 12) : I think if we can win 1 of the 2 matches there it will be a successful mini-tour. Both teams will still be rusty especially for the 1st match but that’s the one I think we should target for a win. Starting the season with a loss will not be good for the younger players confidence and going to the Brumbies afterward looking to bounce back will be very tough for us. I guess we’ll have to see how things go in the pre-season, can’t wait for the guys to play again!

  • Comment 13, posted at 24.01.17 08:49:03 by Quintin Reply


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