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Junior Boks to face Australia

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DHL Western Province centre EW Viljoen will earn a first starting berth for the Junior Springboks against Australia on Wednesday evening in the World Rugby Under-20 Championship Pool B decider in Calvisano, Italy.

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He replaces Vodacom Blue Bulls centre JT Jackson, who played in the previous Championship outings against Italy and Samoa. Jackson drops out of the match-23.

Viljoen, who will anchor the midfield with provincial partner Daniel du Plessis, is one of two backline changes to the team that faced Samoa. His WP team-mate Khanyo Ngcukana, who played against Italy in the opening match, reclaims his place in the starting-15 in place of Grant Hermanus on the right wing.

WP flank Jacques Vermeulen, who started four matches for the Junior Boks in New Zealand last year and who came off the bench last Saturday, will start in the No 6 jersey. He switches places with Dan du Preez, who has been named among the replacements.

The South Africans will round off their preparations on Tuesday evening for this important fixture.

Dawie Theron, the Junior Springbok coach, said his team is well-prepared for the game.  “We have picked a very competitive side to face the quality Australian outfit. They showed with their two wins against Samoa and Italy that they are a huge threat, especially with the ball in hand, so we will have to work hard to counter their strong points,” said Theron.

The big South Africa Under-20 pack have been in impressive form at the tournament so far and Theron expects another good display from his forward unit.

“Our forwards are showing good form and the key for us will be to keep our momentum, reduce the number of errors and to create more opportunities for our backs,” said Theron.

South Africa and Australia are only separated by points’ difference at the top of the Pool B standings, and the winner will qualify automatically for the semifinals on 15 June. The pool winners and the best-placed second team across the three respective groups will qualify for the semifinals.

The match starts at 20h30 and will be televised live on SuperSport.

The Junior Springbok team to face Australia Under-20 in Calvisano is:
15. Warrick Gelant (Vodacom Blue Bulls)
14. Khanyo Ngcukana (DHL Western Province)
13. EW Viljoen (DHL Western Province)
12. Daniel du Plessis (DHL Western Province)
11. Leolin Zas (DHL Western Province)
10. Brendon Thomson (DHL Western Province)
9. Ivan van Zyl (Vodacom Blue Bulls)
8. Hanro Liebenberg (Vodacom Blue Bulls)
7. Jean-Luc du Plessis (Cell C Sharks)
6. Jacques Vermeulen (DHL Western Province)
5. RG Snyman (Vodacom Blue Bulls)
4. Jason Jenkins (Vodacom Blue Bulls)
3. Thomas du Toit (Cell C Sharks)
2. Joseph Dweba (Toyota Free State Cheetahs)
1. Ox Nche (Toyota Free State Cheetahs)
Replacements:
16. Jan van der Merwe (Vodacom Blue Bulls)
17. Mzamo Majola (Cell C Sharks)
18. Frans van Wyk (DHL Western Province)
19. Hyron Andrews (Cell C Sharks)
20. Dan du Preez (Cell C Sharks)
21. Marco Jansen van Vuren (Xerox Golden Lions)
22. Tinus de Beer (Vodacom Blue Bulls)
23. Grant Hermanus (DHL Western Province

IRB Junior World Cup Final: J-Boks 20 v J-Poms 21 FT

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The Junior Springboks overcame New Zealand twice to reach the final but England will be a tough proposition as they will match them physically.

Strong Junior Springbok squad for JWC 2014

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A Junior Springbok squad bolstered by several players with Vodacom Super Rugby experience was named by SARU in Cape Town on Tuesday for the 2014 IRB Junior World Championship to be hosted by New Zealand from June 2 to 22.

Handré Pollard (flyhalf, Vodacom Bulls), André Esterhuizen (centre, Cell C Sharks), Sergeal Petersen and Aidon Davis (both Southern Kings) as well as Malcolm Marx (hooker, Lions) have all either played Vodacom Super Rugby or have been part of their respective franchise’s Super Rugby training groups.

The squad also sees the return of several players who did duty for the South Africa Under-20’s in France last year, where they claimed the bronze medal.

Pollard, who also starred in the 2012 tournament, Davis and Jesse Kriel (fullback, Vodacom Blue Bulls) all played for the Junior Boks in 2013. Winger Petersen, who made an impressive Super Rugby debut for the Kings last year by scoring several stunning tries, was also included in the squad but missed the trip to France because of a hamstring injury.

South Africa Under-20 coach Dawie Theron and the national selectors, Peter Jooste and Ian McIntosh, selected the 28-man squad following an intensive identification and trials process. More than 50 players attended the training camp which ran for almost three weeks in Stellenbosch and included two trial matches as well as several training games.

The JWC squad returned to their training base in Stellenbosch on Tuesday to continue their preparations for the tournament. This will include a three-match international series against traditional rivals Argentina from May 2 to 10 in the Western Cape.

Theron said the weather and playing conditions in New Zealand, as well as a tough pool draw, will contribute to a challenging competition. “Our players are used to dry and fast fields and we will encounter the opposite of these conditions in New Zealand. These were obvious factors we had to take into account when selecting the squad,” explained Theron, who led the Junior Springboks to victory at the 2012 JWC on home soil.

He looked forward to working with the finalised squad and said: “We will now intensify our preparations. The series against Argentina will give us an ideal opportunity to test our game plan, readiness and decision-making against a very competitive team and in real match situations.”

 

Surname Name Province Position
Brink Cyle Golden Lions Flank
Davis Aidon EP Kings No.8
Du Plessis Jean-Luc Cell C Sharks Flyhalf
Du Preez Jean-Luc Cell C Sharks Flank
Du Preez Daniel (Dan) Cell C Sharks Lock
Du Toit Thomas Cell C Sharks Prop
Dweba Joseph Toyota Free State Hooker
Els Corniel Vodacom Blue Bulls Hooker
Esterhuizen Andrè Cell C Sharks Centre
Gelant Warrick Vodacom Blue Bulls Fullback
Greef Lloyd Leopards Wing
Kriel Daniel (Dan) Vodacom Blue Bulls Centre
Kriel Jesse Vodacom Blue Bulls Fullback
Louw Wilco Vodacom Blue Bulls Prop
Mabuza Thabo Golden Lions Flank
Marx Malcolm Golden Lions Hooker
Mathews Duncan Vodacom Blue Bulls Wing
Mkhabela Mthokozisi (Zee) Toyota Free State Scrumhalf
Mxoli Ngobisizwe Vodacom Blue Bulls Prop
Nonkontwana Abongile Vodacom Blue Bulls Lock
Petersen Sergeal EP Kings Wing
Pollard Handrè Vodacom Blue Bulls Flyhalf
Schickerling JD DHL Western Province Lock
Schoeman Pierre Vodacom Blue Bulls Prop
Sekekete Victor Golden Lions Flank
Smith Justin Vodacom Blue Bulls Scrumhalf
Van der Westhuizen Dayan Vodacom Blue Bulls Prop
Van Rensburg Nicolaas Janse Vodacom Blue Bulls Lock

 

 The Junior Springboks’ 2014 JWC fixtures:

2 June: SA vs Scotland (North Harbour)

6 June: SA vs New Zealand (North Harbour)

10 June: SA vs Samoa (Pukekohe)

15 June: Playoffs (Tbc)

20 June: Finals (Auckland)

Prince William to hand over JWC trophy

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The 50-day countdown to the IRB Junior World Championship 2014 in New Zealand on Sunday will see His Royal Highness, the Duke of Cambridge hand over the distinctive trophy to All Black scrum half Aaron Smith in Dunedin.

Smith, a member of the New Zealand Under 20 side that won the first Junior World Championship title in Wales back in 2008, will receive the trophy during a Regal Royal Fun Day at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are attending the Fun Day as part of their tour of New Zealand.

The Fun Day will see eight rippa rugby teams participate in a mini tournament, which will be overseen by All Blacks captain Richie McCaw with Sevens captains DJ Forbes and Huriana Manuel among the other national players in attendance.

“We’re really honoured that Prince William has agreed to do this,” said JWC 2014 Tournament Manager Dan Tatham. 

“We know he’s a keen rugby fan and given England are the current holders of the Junior World Championship trophy, it’s fantastic that we can mark 50 days to kick-off with an official royal handover to the host country.

“It’s also great that Aaron will receive the trophy. He’s a terrific ambassador for the game and proof that the Junior World Championship provides a platform for gifted young players to achieve higher honours. 

“His teammates in 2008 included Sam Whitelock, Ryan Crotty and Zac Guildford who have all pulled on the black jersey in recent years.”

The IRB Junior World Championship 2014 takes place from 2-20 June with matches at QBE Stadium in North Harbour and ECOLight Stadium in Pukekohe with the final to be held at Eden Park

Source: IRB

 

Baby Boks for play-off’s

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South Africa Under-20 will tackle New Zealand with a reshuffled team after Junior Springbok coach, Dawie Theron, confirmed his match 23 on Saturday for the IRB Junior World Championship third place playoff encounter tomorrow in Vannes.

The clash, which kicks off at 15:15, is the last outing for both teams at the 2013 JWC tournament.

There is new prop and a rearranged loose trio combination amongst the forwards, while Theron made one positional switch and two changes in the backline, including a new-look centre combination.

Upfront Sti Sithole comes in for Andrew Beerwinkel, while the troublesome knee of Roelof Smit has forced Theron to change his preferred back row. Ruan Steenkamp moves from No 8 to flank position to accommodate Aidon Davis.

Handré Pollard shift back to flyhalf where he replaces Robert du Preez while Jesse Kriel gets his first start of the tournament at outside centre. Justin Geduld was not considered for the No 13 jersey because of a slight knee ailment.

Jannie Stander, the replacement lock who arrived earlier in the week after Jannie Kirsten was ruled out of the tournament with a fractured cheek bone, is included amongst the reserves.

Junior Springboks coach Theron said that his team approach this as an important encounter because any match between South Africa and New Zealand is a big occasion for both countries.

“We expect a very physical contest and I believe the guys are still highly motivated and there is a hunger amongst them to take this match to New Zealand. We really want to end this campaign on a high note,” explained Theron.

“If we look back at last year’s final against New Zealand in Cape Town then I would say we had a recipe that worked for us and we will follow much of that this time around.

“With next year’s tournament in mind, this will be an important match because four players in our starting line-up for tomorrow will still be available for next year’s tournament. They are Aidon Davis, Rohan van Janse van Rensburg, Handré Pollard and Jesse Kriel,” added Theron.

The Junior Springbok team to play against New Zealand on Saturday in Vannes:

15. Cheslin Kolbe (DHL Western Province)

14. Luther Obi (Platinum Leopards)

13. Jesse Kriel (Vodacom Blue Bulls)

12. Rohan Janse van Rensburg (Vodacom Blue Bulls)

11. Seabelo Senatla (SARU contracted)

10. Handré Pollard (Vodacom Blue Bulls)

9. Stefan Ungerer (The Sharks)

8. Aidon Davis (EP Kings)

7. Jacques du Plessis (Vodacom Blue Bulls)

6. Ruan Steenkamp (Vodacom Blue Bulls, captain)

5. Dennis Visser (Vodacom Blue Bulls)

4. Irné Herbst (Vodacom Blue Bulls)

3. Luan de Bruin (Toyota Free State Cheetahs)

2. Michael Willemse (DHL Western Province)

1. Sti. Sithole (DHL Western Province)

Replacements:

16. Jacques du Toit  (Toyota Free State Cheetahs)

17. Andrew Beerwinkel (Vodacom Blue Bulls)

18. Jannie Stander (MTN Golden Lions)

19. Kwagga Smith (MTN Golden Lions)

20. Percy Williams (MTN Golden Lions)

21. Robert du Preez (The Sharks)

22. Dries Swanepoel (Vodacom Blue Bulls)

23. Marné Coetzee (The Sharks)

Baby Boks whacked by Wales

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Luck finally ran out for the henceforth ultra lucky Bokkies when they discovered size matters…

Pollard back at 12 for semi

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There are five changes in the starting line-up of the Junior Springboks to play against Wales in the IRB Junior World Championship rugby semi-final in Vannes, France, on Tuesday evening.

Amongst the backs, flyhalf Robert du Preez returns to play in the No 10 jersey while Handré Pollard moves to inside centre in place of Rohan Janse van Rensburg. Stefan Ungerer reclaims the No 9 jersey from his Sharks provincial team mate Hanco Venter.

Andrew Beerwinkel will start at loose head prop in place of Sti Sithole while Luan de Bruin is restored to the side after missing the match against France because of suspension. De Bruin’s suspension of four weeks was set aside following a successful appeal. Marné Coetzee therefore moves to the bench to make way for De Bruin.

Amongst the replacements, flanker Kwagga Smith comes in for the injured Jannes Kirsten while Justin Geduld, who missed the French match because of a slight knee injury, was included amongst the backs after passing a fitness test on Monday.

Junior Springboks coach, Dawie Theron, commented: “This is a very important match for us and we know that Wales is a well-coached side with a good structure and especially a very good kicking game. We have done our homework and believe that we are a well-prepared physical side and we are comfortable with the way we want to play. The team is looking forward to play in this semi-final match.”

Kick-off time is 18:15 and SuperSport will show both semi-finals live, with broadcasting starting from 18:00.

The SA Under-20 team to play Wales on Tuesday, 18 June 2013 in Vannes:

15. Cheslin Kolbe (DHL Western Province)

14. Luther Obi (Platinum Leopard)

13. Dries Swanepoel (Vodacom Blue Bulls)

12. Handré Pollard (Vodacom Blue Bulls)

11. Seabelo Senatla (SARU contracted)

10. Robert du Preez (The Sharks)

9.   Stefan Ungerer (The Sharks)

8. Ruan Steenkamp (captain, Vodacom Blue Bulls)

7. Jacques du Plessis (Vodacom Blue Bulls)

6. Roelof Smit (Vodacom Blue Bulls)

5. Dennis Visser (Vodacom Blue Bulls)

4. Irné Herbst (Vodacom Blue Bulls)

3. Luan de Bruin (Toyota Free State Cheetahs)

2. Jacques du Toit (Toyota Free State Cheetahs)

1. Andrew Beerwinkel (Vodacom Blue Bulls)

Reserves:

16. Michael Willemse (DHL Western Province)

17. St Sithole (DHL Western Province)

18. Aidon Davis (EP Kings)

19. Kwagga Smith (MTN Golden Lions)

20. Percy Williams (MTN Golden Lions)

21. Justin Geduld (SARU contracted)

22. Jesse Kriel (Vodacom Blue Bulls)

23. Marné Coetzee (The Sharks)

Some interesting JWC facts:

Seven teams have contested an IRB Junior World Championship semi-final in New Zealand, England, South Africa, France, Australia, Wales and Argentina.

Stade de la Rabine in Vannes will become the seventh venue to host a JWC semi-final after Rodney Parade (2008), Cardiff Arms Park (2008), Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium (2009), Estadio El Coloso del Parque (2010), Stadio Comunale di Monigo (2011) and Newlands (2012).

A total of 50 tries have been scored across the 10 JWC semi-finals to date. Thirty-two of these have been turned into seven pointers.

The most tries scored in a semi-final is six, which has happened three times – New Zealand v Australia (2009), England v South Africa (2009) and England v France (2011).

The most penalties kicked in a semi-final is seven in England’s victory over South Africa in 2009, the fewest is two in that year’s other encounter between New Zealand and Australia.

No drop goals have been slotted between the posts in a semi-final to date.

Kirsten blow for Baby Boks

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Junior Springbok lock Jannes Kirsten will miss the rest of the IRB Junior World Championship (JWC) in France because of a facial injury, the team confirmed on Sunday.

Kirsten sustained a fractured cheek bone in the South Africa Under-20’s training session on Saturday afternoon at the Stade Michelin in Vannes.

The team will name a replacement shortly.

On Saturday evening SA U20 team doctor, Phatho Zondi, took Kirsten for a scan at a local hospital. According to Dr Zondi the CT scan confirmed a right infraorbital fracture with muscle impingement.

“He also has multiple fractures to the maxillary sinus. Jannes was consulted by an ENT specialist who confirmed the diagnosis of a Type B blowout fracture and has recommended conservative treatment with an expected return to play in a minimum of six weeks,” the team doctor explained.

Defending champions South Africa plays Wales in a semi-final clash on Tuesday at 16:45 in Vannes.

Meanwhile on Sunday, the squad continued with its preparations for the vital knockout match with two field sessions at the nearby Stade Michelin.

SA U20 coach, Dawie Theron, will announce the Junior Bok team to play Wales on Monday.

Baby Boks into semi’s

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The South African Under-20 team overcame a committed France team in front of their home crowd to record a third successive victory and clinch a place in the Junior World Championship semi-finals with a 26-19 victory (halftime 8-7) in La Roche-sur-Yon on Thursday.

Junior Boks training squad named

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South Africa Under-20 head coach Dawie Theron on Monday named 34 players for the latest training camp in preparation for the IRB Junior World Championships to be played in France in June. The Junior Springboks will defend the title won in South Africa last year.

Baby Boks gets tough JWC draw

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Defending champions South Africa was on Thursday drawn alongside hosts, France, England and the USA when the International Rugby Board and the Fédération Française de Rugby announced the venues, pools and match schedule (attached) for the IRB Junior World Championship 2013 in France between June 5-23.

Baby Blacks player breaks his silence on rape allegations

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Baby Blacks hooker Nathan Harris has revealed he is the player being investigated for rape by South African police, and vowing he is innocent.
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The Bay of Plenty-based 20-year-old released a statement today, saying he was doing so to prevent a cloud of suspicion falling on all his teammates.

“I am making this statement today so everyone knows that I am the player at the centre of this issue. There is no one else involved.

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“I want to say very strongly that I am innocent of the allegation made against me. However, I should not have allowed a woman to enter my room.  This was against team rules.

A 22-year-old woman filed a complaint with police in South Africa, alleging the player had raped her in the weekend.

The New Zealand Rugby Union confirmed earlier this week that player had been with a 22-year-old woman during the night just hours after his team lost junior world championship final to South Africa.

Although the woman had made the allegation, her statement was that she could not remember anything about the incident, including who the person involved was, according to information the NZRU had received from South African police.

Harris said he was proud to have the opportunity to represent his country and knew he let the team and his family down by inviting the woman back to his room.

“For that I am truly sorry and I want to apologise to my team mates, team management and to all the parents and friends who supported our team, but especially to my family for the distress this has caused them all.

“The past five days have been a very stressful and painful time for me and my family.  I have learnt a lot and now I am hoping for a good outcome so I can get on with my life.

“I have been advised that with a police investigation underway I am unable to comment further.”

NZRU chief executive Steve Tew said earlier this week that there was a possibility that Harris could return to South Africa to help with investigations.

The team had co-operated with South African police following the complaint and had flown back to New Zealand as scheduled.

Harris had been drinking on the night in question, but not excessively, and had broken the ‘no women on floor’ policy that applied to all national rugby teams, including the All Blacks, Tew said.

He did not rule out disciplinary action against Harris for breaking the “no woman on floor” policy.

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Special era awaiting Boks?

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Baby Boks captain Wiaan Liebenberg, wearing No 6 on his back, lifted the IRB Under-20 World Cup trophy at Newlands on Friday night.

Baby Boks victorious

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South Africa ended the dominance of New Zealand in the IRB Junior World Championship with a thrilling 22-16 final triumph at Newlands Friday.

Junior RWC Final: Boks 22, NZ 16

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The Junior Boks will take on the Baby Blacks in an attempt to end their dominance of the Junior Rugby World Cup at Newlands tonight.

Junior RWC final SOLD OUT

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The ‘Sold Out’ signs have been put up at Newlands for the Junior Rugby World Cup final between the Junior Boks and Baby Blacks.

Broadcast times for all Junior RWC finals matches

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Three weeks of supreme junior rugby will culminate with the “battle of the babies” as the South African under-20s look to halt the Baby Blacks’ four-year junior rugby dominance in the showpiece match of the 2012 IRB Junior World Championship on Friday evening.

Junior Boks lose Small-Smith

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The Junior Boks announced on Monday that William Small-Smith has suffered a knee injury and has been ruled out of Friday’s IRB Junior World Championship 2012 against New Zealand.

Baby Boks and Kiwis reach Junior RWC final with crushing displays

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The Baby Boks smashed Argentina and the Baby Blacks did the same to Wales

Baby Boks change 3 for semi’s

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Junior Springboks coach Dawie Theron made three changes to his starting team that will play Argentina in the semi-finals of the IRB Junior Championship 2012 at DHL Newlands Rugby Stadium on Sunday.

Theron full of praise for young Boks

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Junior Springboks coach Dawie Theron was full of praise for his team’s effort after their convincing 28-15 win over England in pool B of the IRB Junior World Championship 2012 in Cape Town on Tuesday.

5 changes to Baby Bok side for England

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Junior Springboks coach Dawie Theron made five changes to his starting team for their crucial pool B clash against England in the Cape Town Stadium on Tuesday.

Junior RWC games moved to Newlands and CPT stadium

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Rain has prompted the IRB and SA Rugby to move matches from Stellenbosch to Newlands and CPT Stadium.

Theron makes 11 changes to Baby Boks

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Junior Springboks coach Dawie Theron made eleven changes to his side to play Italy at the UWC Stadium in their second match of the IRB Junior World Championship 2012.

Baby Boks for JWC opener versus Irish

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Here are the baby Boks for the Ireland game at 18h45 on 4 June 2012

Scene set for outstanding Junior World Cup

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With three days to go until the IRB Junior World Championship 2012 kicks off in South Africa, event organisers are anticipating an outstanding tournament that will further the profile of the world’s most prestigious age grade tournament.

Junior RWC television schedule

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SuperSport have released the television broadcasting times for the upcoming Junior Rugby World Cup to be hosted in Stellenbosch and Cape Town.

Theron names Baby Bok squad

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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.

Confusion over Baby Boks availability

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There is some confusion among local Super Rugby coaches over where they stand with regards to players who have been selected for the national Under-20 squad about to contest the Junior World Cup in Stellenbosch and Bellville which starts next week.

Junior RWC squad announced

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The South African Rugby Union on Wednesday named an extended group of players to attend the SA Under-20 training camp from 10 to 23 April in Cape Town.

Junior RWC match schedule released

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The match schedule for the IRB Junior World Championship 2012 in South Africa has been announced with tournament organisers confident that the event will be a success, delivering unprecedented profile for Rugby’s showcase age grade event.