Withdrawals not damping Junior Boks' camp

Tue, 06 Mar 2018 10:25
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WORLD U20 CHAMPIONSHIP: Despite some withdrawals from their wider training squad, Junior Springbok coach Chean Roux is positive that the second training camp in Stellenbosch will build serve as good momentum for the World Rugby U20 Championship in France.

The camp, which commenced on Tuesday will conclude on Friday, is the second of three four-day training camps. This will be followed by a two-week camp, a UK Tour and a World Championship holding camp before they depart for their tournament base in Narbonne in the south of France in May 30 to June 17.

Two new loose forwards, Dian Schoonees (Golden Lions) and Heinrich Brendel (Sharks), have been invited to the camp, while flyhalf Lubabalo Dobela (Free State) will join the squad after missing the first camp due to injury.

Salmaan Moerat (lock) will miss the second camp as he was called up to the Stormers’ tour squad in New Zealand, where he will join Damian Willemse (flyhalf). Both these players were members of the Junior Bok squad that finished third in the tournament in Georgia last year.

Sango Xamlashe (centre Free State) and Tyrone Green (utility back, Golden Lions) have also been forced to withdraw due to ankle and knee ligament injuries respectively.

"The main objectives of the first camp were to get to know the players and to expose them to the way we want to play, and we are looking to build on that this week," said Roux.

"We would like to take a step up in terms of the intensity of our training sessions, and since most of the players are familiar with our structures and what we expect, our target this week is to build momentum.

"Our opening match against Georgia in the World Rugby U20 Championship is in 12 weeks’ time, and we have a limited number of training days during that time, so it is vital that we do as much as possible at our training camps,"

The SA U20’s have been drawn in Pool C at the World Rugby U20 Championship with Georgia, Ireland and France.


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Fri, 23 March 2018
Crusaders v Bulls 06h35 Christchurch
Rebels v Sharks 08h45 Melbourne
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
Cardiff Blues v Ulster 15h15 Cardiff Arms Park
Munster v Scarlets 17h30 Thomond Park
Newcastle Falcons v Northampton Saints 17h30 Kingston Park
Ospreys v Leinster 19h35 Liberty Stadium
Jaguares v Lions 19h40 Estadio Jose Amalfitani
Sun, 25 March 2018
Leicester Tigers v Wasps 15h00 Welford Road
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