Junior Boks crossing the final t's before World Cup

Mon, 22 May 2017 13:46
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NEWS: The Junior Springboks returned to the training field in Stellenbosch highly motivated as they began to fine-tune their preparations for the World Rugby Under-20 Championship in Georgia, which begins next week.

The squad assembled at their training base on Sunday for their holding camp and will spend the next few days improving their structures before departing for Tbilisi on Thursday.

The SA Under-20 will kick off their campaign in Tbilisi on Wednesday, May 31, against France before facing hosts, Georgia, and Argentina in their remaining pool matches June 4 and 8,  respectively.

"The players returned to Stellenbosch mentally and physically fresh, and very motivated for the World Rugby U20 Championship, which is exactly what we had banked on after a few days off," said Junior Springbok coach Chean Roux.

"The atmosphere on and off the field is fantastic, and the players realise that everything they do needs to be geared towards a delivering a solid performance in Georgia.

"We have spent a lot of time putting our structures and systems in place in the last three weeks, so it is now a matter of ensuring that we put that to practice effectively on the field, and that is what we will be working towards in the next few days,"   

The Junior Springboks will wrap up their preparations in Stellenbosch with a string of training sessions on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday respectively before heading to the airport on Thursday afternoon.

"The players are used to the high tempo of our training sessions and putting in the hard yards, which will bode well for us as we finalise our preparations here in SA," said Roux.

"Off the field the players will also be able to mark this special occasion in their careers with the Presentation Ceremony on Tuesday evening, which is a big occasion for the entire squad. And I think the reality will set in after that the tournament is around the corner. That said we have a lot to look forward to as a team and we cannot wait to get on the plane,"

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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
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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
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Rebels v Jaguares 29 | 32
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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