U19s worry White

Springbok coach Jake White was shocked by the Baby Boks’ first performance at the U21 World Championships against France last week.

The U19s were smashed 46-3 in Dubai and conceded six tries to begin the defence of their crown in the worst possible manner.

“It’s a big disappointment for me because if you took our top 10 schools and played them against schools from other countries, they would win more than not,” White told the Sunday Times.

“Maybe the U19s had a bad day at the office but it is worrying, But let’s wait and see how they do in the rest of the tournament.”

The Baby Boks play Samoa on Sunday and must win the match with a bonus point to keep their semi-final hopes alive. Their final fixture is against the Poms.

White, who still watches as much schools rugby as possible, said he did not see a new force emerging in schools rugby outside the established powerhouses.

“The thing that keeps those schools going is their competition and their infrastructure. If you look at Grey College’s first XV, they have André Volsteedt, the former national Sevens conditioning coach, doing the same things for them. Can you imagine the things he’s picked up around the world on conditioning that he’s likely to teach them?”