Junior Springboks coach Dawie Theron on Thursday named a strong starting line-up for the South African Under 20 training squad’s match against the University of the Western Cape, to be played on Friday afternoon at the Markötter Sports Field in Stellenbosch.
The Junior Springboks are due to play three training matches over the next week.
The training camp that started last Sunday will end on Saturday next week with a match against University of Cape town, inbetween they will also have played a match against Maties on Wednesday.
The starting line-up for Friday includes 2012 Junior World Championship (JWC) winners Jan Serfontein (centre), Handré Pollard (flyhalf) and Marvin Orie (lock). The 1.98m lock forward Orie will captain the team, while playmaker Pollard was confirmed as his understudy.
According to Theron, players outside the current squad can still make it to France.
“We will be looking at the performances of players during the Vodacom Cup and Varsity Cup competitions and if someone performs impressively, then he will come into consideration. Raymond Rhule, for instance, forced his way into last year’s squad at a very late stage,” added Theron.
The match kicks off at 16:00 on Friday at the sports fields of the Paul Roos Gymnasium.
South African Under-20 training squad:
- 15 Cheslin Kolbe, WP)
- 14 Luther Obi, (Leopards)
- 13 Justin Gedult, (WP)
- 12 Jan Serfontein, (BB)
- 11 Seabelo Senatla, (FSC)
- 10 Handré Pollard, (BB)
- 9 Hanco Venter, (SHARKS)
- 8 Ruan Steenkamp, (BB)
- 7 Jacques du Plessis, (BB) Normally a lock
- 6 Albertus Smit, (LIONS)
- 5 Marvin Orie (captain), (BB)
- 4 Irne Herbst, (BB)
- 3 Luan de Bruin, (FSC)
- 2 Jacques du Toit, (FSC)
- 1 Sti Sithole. (WP)
All remaining squad players to be used as replacements.
- Fullbacks: Tim Swiel (DHL Western Province)
- Wings: Seabelo Senatla (Toyota Free State Cheetahs), Sylvian Mahuza (Leopards)
- Centres: Dries Swanepoel (Vodacom Blue Bulls),JP Lewis (DHL Western Province), Tyler Fisher (KZN)
- Flyhalves: Robert du Preez (KZN)
- Scrumhalves: Kirshwin Williams (MTN Golden Lions), Stefan Ungerer (KZN)
- Loose Forwards: Leneve Dames, Roelof Smit, (MTN Golden Lions), Jurie van Vuuren (DHL Western Province)
- Locks: Dennis Visser, (BB)
- Props: Justin Forwood, Andrew Beerwinkel, Neethling Fouchè (all Vodacom Blue Bulls), Marnè Coetzee (KZN),
- Hookers: Devon Martinus (MTN Golden Lions), Mornè du Plessis (KZN), Freddie Kirsten (DHL Western Province)