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Theron names 36-man squad





STELLENBOSCH, SOUTH AFRICA - JANUARY 24, Dawie Theron during the SA Under 20 training session and media briefing at Markotter Stadium on January 24, 2012 in Stellenbosch, South Africa Photo by Carl Fourie / Gallo Images
STELLENBOSCH, SOUTH AFRICA – JANUARY 24, Dawie Theron during the SA Under 20 training session and media briefing at Markotter Stadium on January 24, 2012 in Stellenbosch, South Africa
Photo by Carl Fourie / Gallo Images

SA Rugby Magazine have published the side:

Head coach Dawie Theron has named a provisional 36-man Junior Bok squad ahead of the U20 World Championship in England later this year.

Theron cut the initial group of 54 hopefuls down to 36 following a week-long trials camp in Cape Town, which concluded on Friday.

Players who were not considered for the provisional training squad because of injury niggles, will be in contention for selection once they’ve recovered and are fully fit.

‘It was a challenging task to trim the expanded trials squad, especially given the high quality of the players invited to the camp. There were also a number of players who could not participate in training this week due to injury, and others due to their involvement in the Varsity Cup playoffs,’ said Theron.

‘However, I am pleased with the group we have selected and I believe they have what it takes to form a formidable unit as our preparation progresses in the next few weeks.’

The Junior Boks will play a number of warm-up matches in the next two months, before the final 28-man squad for the U20 Championship, to be held in Manchester from 7 to 25 June, is announced.

Junior Springbok provisional squad:

Blue Bulls – Jan-Henning Campher (hooker), Tinus de Beer (flyhalf), Aston Fortuin (lock), Stedman Gans (centre), Denzel Hill (No 8), Jaco Holtzhausen (prop), JT Jackson (centre), Manie Libbok (flyhalf), Franco Naude (centre), Hendre Stassen (lock), Eli Snyman (lock), Franco van den Berg (prop), Luigy van Jaarsveld (No 8).

Free State Cheetahs – Mosalwa Mafuma (wing), Kwenzo Blose (prop).

Golden Lions – Rhyno Herbst (lock), Marco Jansen van Vuren (scrumhalf).

EP Kings – Tango Balelike (hooker), James Hall (scrumhalf), Nicolaas Oosthuizen (prop), Junior Pokomela (No , Keanu Vers (fullback), Jeremy Ward (centre).

Sharks – Curwin Bosch (fullback), Morné Joubert (fullback), S’busiso Nkosi (wing)

Western Province – Ruan Brits (hooker), Eduan Keyter (fullback), Duncan Saal (wing), Carlű Sadie (prop), Ernst van Rhyn (flank), Eduard Zandberg (lock), Zane Davids (flank), Wikus Groenewald (prop), Edwill van der Merwe (wing), Kuyenseka Xaba (flank).

Jaco Coetzee, Bosch and Pokomela herald u20 trial group


STELLENBOSCH, SOUTH AFRICA - JANUARY 24, Dawie Theron during the SA Under 20 training session and media briefing at Markotter Stadium on January 24, 2012 in Stellenbosch, South Africa Photo by Carl Fourie / Gallo Images
STELLENBOSCH, SOUTH AFRICA – JANUARY 24, Dawie Theron during the SA Under 20 training session and media briefing at Markotter Stadium on January 24, 2012 in Stellenbosch, South Africa
Photo by Carl Fourie / Gallo Images


Junior Springboks coach Dawie Theron has invited a large group to the Baby Boks trials camp in Cape Town next week:
Junior Springbok trials squad (position in brackets):

Vodacom Blue Bulls

Jan-Henning Campher (hooker)
Tinus de Beer (flyhalf)
Aston Fortuin (lock)
Stedman Gans (centre)
Denzel Hill (No
Jaco Holtzhausen (prop)
JT Jackson (centre)
Manie Libbok (flyhalf)
Andell Loubser (wing)
Franco Naude (centre)
Divan Rossouw (wing)
Hendre Stassen (lock)
Eli Snyman (lock)
Gavin van den Berg (prop)
Franco van den Berg (prop)
Luigy van Jaarsveld (No

Toyota Free State Cheetahs

De Wet Bezuidenhout (flank)
Mosolwa Mafuma (wing)
Victor Maruping (flank)

Xerox Golden Lions

Le Roux Baard (hooker)
Marco Jansen van Vuren (scrumhalf)
Rhyno Herbst (lock)

EP Kings

Lusanda Badiyana (flank)
Tango Balelike (hooker)
Michael Brink (flyhalf)
James Hall (scrumhalf)
Nicolaas Oosthuizen (prop)
Lupumlo Mguca (prop)
Junior Pokomela (No
Roche van Zyl (prop)
Keanu Vers (fullback)
Jeremy Ward (centre)
Stephanus Nieuwoudt (flanker)


Benhard Janse van Rensburg (flyhalf)

Cell C Sharks

Curwin Bosch (fullback)
Morne Joubert (fullback)
S’busiso Nkosi (wing)
Zweli Siluale (wing)

DHL Western Province

Saud Abrahams (flank)
Ruan Brits (hooker)
Paul de Wet (scrumhalf)
Eduan Keyter (fullback)
Daniel Maree (flank)
Gary Porter (lock)
Duncan Saal (wing)
Carlo Sadie (prop)
Tiaan Swanepoel (fullback)
Ernst van Rhyn (flank)
Jaco Willemse (lock)
Eduard Zandberg (lock)
Jaco Coetzee (No
Zane Davids (flank)
Ruben de Villiers (lock)
Wikus Groenewald (prop)
Edwill van der Merwe (wing)
Kuyenseka Xaba (flank)

A talented group that will be out to win a spot in the South African squad that will travel to the Junior World Cup in England. South Africa will play Japan in their opening game. Interesting to note that Curwin Bosch has been penned down as a fullback.

Pool A

New Zealand

Pool B


Pool C

South Africa

A few lessons and maybe some hope?


By: SA Rugby
By: SA Rugby

Argentina have reasons to be positive

The brilliance that was the Pumas must be acknowledged. Their development side managed to dazzle in the Vodacom Cup a few years ago and some of those performers excelled a few years later. They made history for their country and beat the mighty Springboks.

Their attitude was massive and they managed to beat a side that pushed Australia and New Zealand to the death of games. A simple attitude change can make a huge difference. They showed hunger. Juan Imhoff was playing Vodacom rugby in 2011 and was joint top try scorer with a certain JJ Engelbrecht.

Fast track four years and you have the same player looking set to be a regular in his Pumas team while JJ is an outcast in his country. a player that has had a peripheral role in South African rugby. This highlights the development the Argentinians have been doing and will continue to. It has been coming; this win over South Africa.

A draw in Mendoza a few years ago, scrapping home last year. They have finally managed to go the extra mile. Argentina continue to move forward and despite 11 changes will be happy to say this- They had that first win in the Championship, they manage to get not just a five-pointer against the Springboks but managed to not finish bottom.

They will take lots of confidence to playing at home next week but what they have at the moment is this- a solid scrum (illegal scrumming? The poor prop played to the referee’s whistle just like a certain Pocock did 4 years ago) and a reliable goal kicker something the All Blacks and possibly South Africa are lacking. Kudos to the Pumas for recovering from All Black and Australian hammerings.


Go back to the tried and tested then… and Meyer? Meyer must stick to the plan

Well the truth is the Springboks will always be backing the players in the system and we cannot afford to lose to the Pumas next week. I will not say impossible, but it’s unacceptable.

Meyer will need to fast track Willem Alberts, Fourie du Preez and then hope and pray that Duane Vermeulen returns with some form on the opening day of the World Cup. These man on their day would have offered you with some go forward ball on Saturday but also some much needed composure.

What I will say is Faf de Klerk could have been the best option this weekend considering the number 9 offers a spark and pizzazz when with the ball. Look at the games played yesterday. How important where the scrumhalf’s?

Aaron Smith was brilliant but also costly with that yellow card of his; the Springbok number 9’s both let themselves and the side down, Australia’s Nic Phibbs had a shocker but his replacement rescued him with Nic White showing how important a live wire number 9 can be and Argentina? Tomas Cubelli, their nine was really good and played a key part in realising Juan in many occasions.

Sorting the half back issue will be important and the trip to Argentina will remind us were exactly we stand.

Whether we will crash and burn or the Springboks will get a miraculous recovery and mount a World Cup challenge Meyer must not deviate from his plan. Its too late to change everything from game plan to even calling the likes of Jaco Kriel.

I think we need to offer the rest of the squad an opportunity. Meyer has very little option really, unless he picks the same XV to pick themselves up? He will get a hammering from fans whether he does that or anything else. From my understanding it was always part of his plan to use everyone in the friendly game. So will he deviate thanks to this snag?

I hope not. Meyer must show character and back his guns. What type of coach is he? Last I checked he was a successful Bulls-style of rugby coach and this must mean he must get the players that suit this rugby. Go back to basics and do a few selection shake ups.

Bring in a hungry bunch of players to turn the heat up. Pat Lambie, Morne Steyn, Zane Kirchner, Lwazi Mvovo, Warren Whiteley to mention a few. Let them go out there and redeem this mess they dished up this weekend.

The absence of Jean de Villiers, Marcel Coetzee and Willie le Roux is the perfect opportunity; with just Marcel in form it could be of advantage to the Boks. The only concern is playing someone out of position.

Captain is up for grabs once again with Jean de Villiers set to be out for four to six weeks. So will Schalk who showed some short comings as skipper continue or will they throw the armband toward Fourie du Preez?

One game to get some confidence going or even get better combinations in order. Heyneke Meyer will need to prove his mastery in the next few weeks.



New Zealand edge Samoa!




By: Benedict Chanakira (BC)



Both sides scored one try with George Moala touching down for the All Blacks on debut, while Dan Carter kicked the conversion and six penalties. This was proper Test rugby and the depleted Al Black side, still managed to get the business done.

All Blacks_1

It is the lowest score by New Zealand in a test against Samoa, while the nine points is their smallest margin. It was a typical first-up performance by the All Blacks, who struggled in the conditions and against a determined home side. On wondes if they will improve on adapting to conditions.

The New Zealanders were inaccurate in a number of areas, especially with ball handling.
Carter’s successful goal kicking allowed the All Blacks to build scoreboard pressure in a tight first half before he produced a pinpoint cross kick for winger George Moala to score a try on debut to open a 19-3 lead after half-time.

Contrary to belief the first-five was exceptional at 10 for the Crusaders in the last few Super Rugby games and he managed to dictate the game against Samoa. If he could replicate the accurate goal kicking up North, New Zealand could very well defend their World Cup.

Samoa flyhalf Tusi Pisi slotted nine points for the home side, who put the All Blacks under pressure in the second half to get back to 22-16 after Alafoti Fa’osiliva’s try following two storming runs up the middle of the park. The All Blacks appear to have got through the game without any injury concerns.

All four debutants got time for the All Blacks, wing George Moala started, while prop Nepo Laulala, halfback Brad Weber and centre Charlie Ngatai came off the bench.

It is the first time the All Blacks have played a test in Samoa. This was the sides’ sixth meeting. Springbok fans will need to shiver just a little as this highlights how tough the Samoans are. There will be no time to use a weaker 23 against them as they could very well beat them.

The performance of Israel Dagg means he could very well be a tackle bag holder or replacement. It seems the fullback has his best days behind him.

8104 fans where in the stadium to watch history take place.

New Zealand won 25-16.


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Australia 21, Wales 18


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All Blacks unchanged for final


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Beale out of semi


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Wales 8, France 9


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Richie will captain the All Blacks


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UK media rips into Bryce


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PDV quits as Bok coach


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All Blacks 33, Argentina 10


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Springboks 9, Wallabies 11


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QF2: England 12, France 19


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QF1: Ireland 10, Wales 22


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Oz haul out big guns for quarters


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Mils gets his ton


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Bakkies’ RWC is over


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Bakkies not fit for OZ


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Now Guildford is crocked


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No reason to fear Springboks


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Ireland 36, Italy 6


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Wales 66, Fiji 0


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All Blacks 79, Canada 15


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Argentina 25, Georgia 7


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England 16, Scotland 12


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France 14, Tonga 19


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Australia 68, Russia 22


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‘Don’t panic’ AB fans urged


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Boks name stand-by players


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No Bok shocks


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“Leave Smit at home” – Ollie


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SA Rugby confirms Smith withdrawal


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Juan losing battle against time


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Andries Bekker ruled out of RWC


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Henry will also rest players


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McCleod added to preliminary RWC squad


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SA Rugby names preliminary RWC squad


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Bok training group announced


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Ready to take on the world


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