Baby Boks ready to rock

SA U19 coach Eugene Eloff has named a strong squad to defend their World Championship title in Dubai in April.

The national selectors, convened by Peter Jooste, confirmed the team after the final trials were held over the weekend at the Brandvlei Correctional Services facility on the outskirts of Worcester in the Boland province.

Eloff declared himself satisfied with the new crop of emerging talent.

“I am very impressed with the talent and commitment of the players that have been selected,� he said. “The training camps have been quite tough and I am looking forward to the final camp in March as we prepare to defend our title.�

Saru also noted that the U19’s had made incredible strides in transformation as the team comprises of 50% of black players chosen on merit.

SA U19 squad:

Conraad Britz – Western Province
Dabeon Draghoender – Eastern Province
Riacco Eilerd – Blue Bulls
Kirwan Frieslaar – Kwazulu-Natal
Hayden Groepes – Western Province
Lubabalo Gwavu – Blue Bulls
Conraad Hofmann – Western Province
Johan Jackson – Leopards
Christopher Juries – Eastern Province
Morne Jooste – Western Province
Divan Kapp – Golden Lions
Lehan Koekemoer – Golden Lions
Marlon Lewis – Blue Bulls
Mthunzi Mabeta – Blue Bulls
Hercules Venter – Golden Lions
Edgar Maruthule – Leopards
Pieter Meyer – Blue Bulls
Malungisa Nkosi – Kwazulu-Natal
Josephus Oosthuizen – Kwazulu-Natal
Dewald Potgieter – Blue Bulls
Jacques Rossouw – Western Province
Andre Smith – Golden Lions
Francois Steyn – Kwazulu-Natal
Musa Tukela – Border
Drew van Coller – Free State
Petrus Vermeulen – Western Province