Baby Boks call up Taute

Lions fullback Jaco Taute will replace the injured Craig Barry in the Baby Boks squad at the Junior World Championship in Italy.

Barry, a WP junior and Springbok Sevens squad member, injured his groin during training on Monday. He was an unused sub during the Baby Boks’ 33-0 victory over Scotland last Friday.

Taute was not considered for selection initially because of his Super Rugby commitments that saw him miss the Baby Boks’ preparation camps. However, head coach Dawie Theron has called up the 20-year-old fullback now that the Lions’ season is over.

‘It’s disappointing to lose a player at a tournament where there is a four-day turn-round, and our sympathy goes out to Craig who still has a bright future in rugby,’ said SA U20 coach Dawie Theron.

‘The injury to Craig affords someone else an opportunity at this level. Jaco represented the Baby Boks during last year’s Junior World Championship, and has the necessary experience.

‘Jaco did not attend any training camps due to Super Rugby commitments for the Lions. But their Super Rugby campaign has concluded and he is now available. He has been in excellent form this year at Super Rugby level, and his selection is a logical rugby choice as he still qualifies to represent the SA U20s this year.’