Strong SA Schools side named for opener

The SA Schools match 23 to face France U18 in Wellington this weekend was announced on Thursday.

The SA Schools team will play their first of three internationals against their French counterparts at Hugenote High School on Friday.

Loosehead prop Pierre Schoeman, who is one of two survivours from last year’s squad, will captain the team. Flank Thabo Mabuza is the other player to represent the national schoolboy side for a second consecutive year and features in the No 6 jersey.

Baby Bok flyhalf Handre Pollard, who played a key part in the SA U20s’ Junior World Championship triumph last June, will spearhead a dangerous backline.

The game will kick-off at 4:30pm. Wales U18 and England U18 will also face off at 2:30pm.

SA Schools – 15 Jesse Kriel, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Sandile Kubeka, 12 Rohan Janse van Rensburg, 11 Duhan van der Merwe, 10 Handré Pollard, 9 Justin Phillips, 8 Jano Venter, 7 Jean-Luc du Preez, 6 Thabo Mabuza, 5 JD Schickerling, 4 Gideon Koegelenberg, 3 Dayan van der Westhuizen, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Pierre Schoeman (c).
Subs: 16 Chad Solomon, 17 Ox Nche, 18 Wilco Louw, 19 Abongile Nonkontwana, 20 Daniel du Preez, 21 Akhona Sihunu, 22 Ryno Eksteen, 23 Warrick Gelant.