Theron names Baby Bok squad

May 30, 2012
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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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13 Comments

  1. avatar JT_BOKBEFOK! says:
    May 30th, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    Paul Jordaan – a future bok and super star!

  2. avatar Boertjie says:
    May 30th, 2012 at 10:48 pm

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

  3. avatar JT_BOKBEFOK! says:
    May 30th, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    I for one always look forward to the JRWC! Will be watching most games starting monday – they are on Sky :-D

  4. avatar Kevin_rack says:
    May 31st, 2012 at 12:28 am

    Tshotsho Mbovane future Bok Star.

    Where is Venter?

    We better win this time. The last trourney we were the best team (yes Bryce we were) but had a brain fart agianst England and went out to kill the other teams by record scores.

    Reply to JT_BOKBEFOK! @ 10:51 pm: and I on http://www.vipbox.tv/sports/rugby.html

  5. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    May 31st, 2012 at 5:21 am

    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…

  6. avatar The Year of the Cheetah says:
    May 31st, 2012 at 7:55 am

    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…

  7. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    May 31st, 2012 at 9:58 am

    Reply to The Year of the Cheetah @ 7:55 am:

    Ironically… up to that loss they were unbeatable… until they lost their play-maker and muscle…

  8. avatar The Year of the Cheetah says:
    May 31st, 2012 at 11:35 am

    Reply to bryce_in_oz @ 9:58 am:

    unbeatable? winning at home by 1 and 2 points? hardly call that unbeatable. with overworked players falling like flies?

  9. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    May 31st, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    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?

  10. avatar Kevin_rack says:
    June 1st, 2012 at 5:07 am

    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.

  11. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    June 1st, 2012 at 5:35 am

    Reply to Kevin_rack @ 5:07 am:

    Now why on earth would you fire AC… the last two years in S15 have been their most successful in a decade… they have made the semi-finals and finals…

    Yep…

  12. avatar The Year of the Cheetah says:
    June 1st, 2012 at 9:02 am

    Reply to bryce_in_oz @ 5:35 am:

    oh so they beat the crusaders? i must have missed the last minutes as I was sure they lost?

  13. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    June 1st, 2012 at 10:24 am

    Reply to The Year of the Cheetah @ 9:02 am:

    Hello???

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