Theron takes Baby Boks reins

Former Bok prop Dawie Theron has been named the new South Africa U20 coach.

Theron succeeds Eric Sauls, and will occupy the SA U20 position for a term of three years. He will stand down as Griquas coach to take on the new job.

‘I have really enjoyed my time with Griquas, but this is a rare opportunity for a coach to lead a national rugby side,’ said Theron. ‘I am sure there will be challenges but that is what makes rugby so special.

‘We have an unbelievable amount of talented youngsters playing the game in South Africa and I am looking forward to working with them.

‘My first task will be to listen and speak to the various rugby structures at Saru and will then take my lead from them. I firmly believe that Saru has good structures in place and it is important that everyone is on the same page to ensure the success of our junior teams.’

Theron will work closely with the national selectors to first identify and then prepare a group of players in preparation for the 2011 IRB Junior World Championships in Italy.