Junior Bok training squad confirmed
April 04, 2015
The SARU national selectors have named a squad of 37 players for the Junior Springbok training camp in preparation for the 2015 World Rugby Under-20 Championship to be played during June in Italy. The group will assemble in Stellenbosch on Easter Monday.

The revised training squad was confirmed after a four-day trials camp last week in Stellenbosch.

The group includes several players who are currently busy with Vodacom Super Rugby, Vodacom Cup and Varsity Cup commitments.

These players, such as Thomas du Toit, Dan du Preez (both Cell C Sharks) and Hanro Liebenberg (Vodacom Blue Bulls) will join the training camp at a later stage.

Dawie Theron, the Junior Springbok coach, described last week’s trials camp as a very good exercise.

“We could get a nice close up look at the performances of a large group of promising players and how they responded to the instructions we gave them. The youngsters spent valuable time with the SARU Mobi-Unit and I am sure they now have a good understanding of our playing principles and structures.

“The hard work starts now to prepare them for the very demanding and tough U20 Championship,” said Theron.

The training group consists of 20 backs and 17 forwards, with the bulk of the players drawn from the ranks of DHL Western Province (12), Vodacom Blue Bulls (10) and the Cell C Sharks (8).

The Junior Springbok training group is:

Forwards (20): Hanro Liebenberg (Vodacom Blue Bulls), Jacques Vemeulen (DHL Western Province), Rikus Bothma (DHL Western Province), Mzamo Majola (Cell C Sharks), Reinach Venter (Toyota FS Cheetahs), Ruan Kramer (Cell C Sharks), Dan du Preez (Cell C Sharks), Walt Steenkamp (Leopards), CJ Velleman (EP Kings), Abongile Nonkontwana (Vodacom Blue Bulls), RG Snyman (Vodacom Blue Bulls), Jean-Luc du Preez (Cell C Sharks), Jason Jenkins (Vodacom Blue Bulls), Hyron Andrews (Cell C Sharks), Frans van Wyk (DHL Western Province),Thomas du Toit (Cell C Sharks), Ox Nche (Toyota FS Cheetahs), Joseph Dweba (Toyota FS Cheetahs), Jan van der Merwe (Vodacom Blue Bulls), Conrad van Vuuren (Toyota FS Cheetahs).

Backs (17): Malcolm Jaer (EP Kings), Khanyo Ngcukana (DHL Western Province), EW Viljoen (DHL Western Province), Warrick Gelant (Vodacom Blue Bulls), Grant Hermanus (DHL Western Province), Leolin Zas (DHL Western Province), Daniel du Plessis (DHL Western Province), Jinx Molapo (Vodacom Blue Bulls), Adrian Maebane (Vodacom Blue Bulls), JT Jackson (Vodacom Blue Bulls), Ernst Stapelberg (DHL Western Province), Innocent Radebe (Cell C Sharks), Brandon Thompson (DHL Western Province), Marco Janse van Vuuren (Xerox Golden Lions), Justin Phillips (DHL Western Province), Remu Malan (DHL Western Province), Ivan van Zyl (Vodacom Blue Bulls).

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