Penxe ready to light up World stage

Tue, 16 May 2017 10:37
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IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Southern Kings wing Yaw Penxe cannot contain his excitement for the World Rugby Under-20 Championship held in Georgia later this month.

The 20-year-old, who grew up in Queenstown and attended Queen’s primary and high schools, received a call-up to join the Junior Springboks and will leave with the squad next week for the tournament in Georgia.

The Junior Boks play their opening game against France on May 31.

A wing who wants to add a sharp edge to the team’s attacking game-plan, Penxe said he was honoured to have been chosen for the squad.

"It really is a privilege to represent your country, so my selection means a lot to me.

"I was just very happy when I heard that I had been selected for the squad and the excitement for the journey ahead sank in immediately,"

Penxe said his top priority going into the tournament would be to try to play his role to perfection.

"I’m just looking to do my job extremely well, especially finishing off movements,"

The Junior Boks have spent the last month preparing for the world championship, completing their match programme with a solid performance against the Varsity Cup Dream Team, defeating them 50-19 in Stellenbosch recently.

Penxe said he had fitted in very well with his teammates.

"It’s been a lovely experience thus far and it just gets better by the day, honestly.

"But we know we will have some tough challenges in Georgia because we are up against strong teams in France, the hosts and Argentina,"

Penxe has been playing rugby since he could run, while he also excelled in athletics when at Queen’s.

"My earliest memory of playing rugby is diving over the line to score my first try, only to end up getting winded," he recalled.

"I also competed in a number of national athletics meetings at a junior level,"

Penxe has packed a fair degree of experience into his young career. He has played Super Rugby and said one of his memorable moments was scoring a try on debut for the Southern Kings against the Lions in March.

He added that powerful Lions centre Rohan Janse van Rensburg was one of the toughest opponents he had faced as he was "a really strong runner".

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Sun, 23 July 2017
Pumas v Golden Lions 43 | 36
Sat, 22 July 2017
Griquas v Blue Bulls 45 | 51
Stormers v Chiefs 11 | 17
Lions v Sharks 23 | 21
Crusaders v Highlanders 17 | 0
Fri, 21 July 2017
Free State Cheetahs v Sharks 47 | 12
Brumbies v Hurricanes 16 | 35
Sat, 15 July 2017
Sharks v Lions 10 | 27
Bulls v Stormers 33 | 41
Force v Waratahs 40 | 11
Hurricanes v Crusaders 31 | 22
Chiefs v Brumbies 28 | 10
Sunwolves v Blues 43 | 21
Fri, 14 July 2017
Kings v Cheetahs 20 | 21
Rebels v Jaguares 29 | 32
UNDER-20 WORLD CUP
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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