Theron names Baby Bok squad


SA Under 20 coach Dawie Theron has confirmed the inclusion of flyhalf Handrè Pollard, winger Raymond Rhule and scrumhalf Vian van der Watt to the final squad of the Junior Springboks that will contest the IRB Junior World Championship 2012 to be held in South Africa from 4 to 22 June 2012.

Pollard, from Paarl Gymnasium will replace Johan Goosen (shoulder injury) and Golden Lions player Van der Watt comes in for Kevin Luiters (knee injury). Free Stater Rhule replaces Dean Hammond, who pulled a hamstring last week.

All three players slotted in well during the Junior Springboks’ final warm-up match against Hamiltons on Tuesday.

“I am confident that all three players will do well. They are very talented and slotted in with ease since they joined us last week,” Theron said.

The final SA U20 JWC squad is:

(Backs): Marais Schmidt, Dillyn Leyds, Travis Ismaiel, Raymond Rhule, Tshotsho Mbovane, William Small-Smith, Paul Jordaan, Patrick Howard, Jan Serfontein, Tony Jantjies, Handrè Pollard, Vian van der Watt, Abrie Griesel.

(Forwards): Wiaan Liebenberg (c), Shaun Adendorff, Khaya Majola,  Braam Steyn, Fabian Booysen, Pieter Steph du Toit, Ruan Botha, Paul Willemse, Marvin Orie, Maks van Dyk, Allan Dell, Oliver Kebble, Steven Kitshoff, Mark Pretorius, Jason Thomas.

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  1. Saw an article where it is claimed
    Pollard is better than Goosen.
    Could be Cape bias, of course.
    More than likely.

  2. Reply to Boertjie @ 10:48 pm:

    How could they (the Cape media) possibly find a base for that statement… Pollard is ‘still’ in school… and Goosen is in his first year of Super rugby and seemingly excelling (if he isn’t a sick-note)…

    He’s a unit though at 1.9m and 93kgs!

    Reply to Kevin_rack @ 12:28am:

    Last year the training squad was already decided before Theron was appointed… this year he’s been able to make all of his own decisions… they have a very good pack (particularly tall timber) and the backs look promising too… it’s a pity Goosen is injured.

    As an aside I thought PLumtree was not releasing Jordaan?

    Nothing short of a semi-final place is acceptable now… particularly at home!

    England by far the best team there last year (you’re counting woeful tackling as ‘brain-farts’)… and they’re taking 13 of those same players into this year too…

    Kiwi’s have a star-studded mix of S15 and ITM experience… and the Aussies have an impressive unit this year again lead by Liam Gill…

    Might be one of the toughest affairs in quite some time…

  3. spent 5 weeks in capetown and rather astounded at the insolence of newspapers over there. News from outside simply does not get in. Very few serious analysis pieces about the Stormers lack of attacking prowess. Its all hunky dory down there.

    No wonder the fans are so dumbfounded everytime they finish a competition empty handed. Up to the loss these guys believe WP to be unbeatable…

  4. Reply to The Year of the Cheetah @ 11:35 am:

    Up until last week they were 13 from 13… 100% win record… 0% loss… they had not been beaten… they had been unbeatable… who cares how many points they won by… do you think punters count the points when the AB’s win a grand slam… or when the Boks went 17 from 17?

  5. Reply to The Year of the Cheetah @ 7:55 am: The Stormers are like the Warrapoofdas, every year is the year they are going to win and they did not win last year because of bad luck and injuries.

    Was a Province Stormers supporter for years and decided to support the Sharks instead. Like Obama over promise and under deliver. The best thing they could do is fire AC and hire Nick.