Theron leaves no stone unturned

Mon, 12 Nov 2012 15:03
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Junior Springbok coach Dawie Theron has left no stone unturned in the preparations for his team's defence of their Junior World championship title next year.

Junior Springbok coach Dawie Theron has left no stone unturned in the preparations for his team's defence of their Junior World championship title next year.

A large group of players assembled on Friday at the Stellenbosch Academy of Sport and, apart from medical examinations and field sessions, also took part in several trial matches on Saturday and earlier on Monday.

Theron again invited the Under-19 provincial coaches to attend the camp, who assisted him throughout the four days.

"We involved the Under-19 coaches last year and it worked really well for us. We have now built an excellent foundation and I can honestly say that we are already reaping the rewards of this system.

"Together with the national selectors, the provincial coaches help us throughout the season to identify and monitor promising players. We are constantly in communication with each other and they have formed an integral part of our system of early identification and player monitoring," explained Theron.

After a good look at the new crop of young hopefuls during the past few days, Theron said he is satisfied and excited of the prospects to work with another group of talented young rugby players.

"There's obviously a long way to go, but the selectors, our team management and the provincial coaches are in agreement that this was a very good trial process and that we saw some really good talent on show," added Theron.

Next step in the preparation process is the selection of 36 players from the large training group for a second training camp, to be held  from 2 to 11 December at Stellenbosch.

This will then be followed by a series of training matches between the SA Under-20 training squad and the three Cape-based universities, namely the Universities of the Western Cape, Stellenbosch and Cape Town.

South Africa will play JWC hosts, France, England and IRB Junior World Rugby Trophy 2012 winners USA in Pool A next year.

There are currently no matches being played
Fri, 23 March 2018
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Connacht v Edinburgh 19h35 Sportsground
Dragons v Cheetahs 19h35 Rodney Parade
Glasgow Warriors v Zebre 19h35 Scotstoun
Bath v Exeter Chiefs 19h45 Recreation Ground
Sat, 24 March 2018
Sunwolves v Chiefs 04h15 Tokyo
Hurricanes v Highlanders 06h35 Wellington
Kings v Treviso 13h00 Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
London Irish v Gloucester 15h00 Madejski Stadium
Saracens v Harlequins 15h00 London
Sale Sharks v Worcester Warriors 15h00 AJ Bell Stadium
Stormers v Reds 15h15 Newlands
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Munster v Scarlets 17h30 Thomond Park
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Ospreys v Leinster 19h35 Liberty Stadium
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Pool A
Team P W D L Pts
England U20 3 3 0 0 14
Australia U20 3 2 0 1 10
Wales U20 3 1 0 2 6
Samoa U20 3 1 0 3 1
Pool B
Team P W D L Pts
New Zealand U20 3 3 0 0 15
Scotland U20 3 2 0 1 9
Italy U20 3 1 0 2 6
Ireland U20 3 0 0 3 2
Pool C
Team P W D L Pts
South Africa U20 3 2 1 0 12
France U20 3 2 1 0 11
Argentina U20 3 1 0 2 6
Georgia U20 3 0 0 3 0