Theron picks youth for Pumitas

Dawie Theron has named a Baby Bok team filled with U19 players for the next clash against Argentina U20 in Stellenbosch on Tuesday.

As planned, Theron has given an opportunity to all the younger players (mostly the U19s) who he called up to Cape Town recently for a training camp. This is to give them experience in the national structures and to prepare them for next year’s squad as most of them won’t make the final team that will compete in the 2012 Junior World Championship to be hosted in Stellenbosch and Bellville in June.

The Baby Boks beat the Pumitas 51-19 in the first match on Saturday.

‘We did well to keep ourselves in check last weekend, despite the somewhat negative and over-robust approach from them,’ said Theron. ‘I realise that this approach will be a huge challenge for our players, but we will have to demonstrate the same discipline and not get too distracted.

‘We have been working very hard on our structure and our systems and the players have a good understanding of what the coaches want from them. The selection of these young players are in line with our strategic plan and player development programme, which is also aimed at giving them exposure at international level.’

Meanwhile, Sharks utility back Paul Jordaan joined the camp in Cape Town on Monday morning. He will be available for the third and final match on Saturday at the Danie Craven Stadium.

Baby Boks invitational XV - 15 Dillyn Leyds, 14 Quinton Norris, 13 Johnny Kotze, 12 Kobus van Wyk, 11 Ruwellyn Isbell, 10 Harold Vorster, 9 KK Hlongwane, 8 Cobus Nel, 7 Leneave Dames, 6 Shaun Adendorf, 5 Marvin Orrie, 4 Jacques du Plessis, 3 Neethling Fouche, 2 Stephan Coetzee, 1 Marzuq Maarman.
Subs: 16 Jaco Visagie, 17 Andrew Beerwinkel, 18 Henkus van Wyk, 19 Lungelo Chonco, 20 Rayn Smid, 21 Wian van der Walt, 22 TBC, 23 TBC.