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.
â€œItâ€™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.
â€œMaybe the U19s had a bad day at the office but it is worrying, But letâ€™s wait and see how they do in the rest of the tournament.â€
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.
â€œThe thing that keeps those schools going is their competition and their infrastructure. If you look at Grey Collegeâ€™s first XV, they have AndrÃ© Volsteedt, the former national Sevens conditioning coach, doing the same things for them. Can you imagine the things heâ€™s picked up around the world on conditioning that heâ€™s likely to teach them?â€