Serfontein recalled for title defence

Jan Serfontein will enjoy a second stint with the Baby Boks when they defend their Junior World Championship title in France next year.

Serfontein won the IRB Player of the Tournament award for his contributions to South Africa’s trophy-winning campaign in 2012. The promising centre was later named the SA U20 Player of the Year.

Baby Boks coach Dawie Theron has named Serfontein in his extended training squad ahead of the 2013 tournament. A large number of Blue Bulls and Western Province players have been included, which is unsurprising given these two teams contested the U19 Currie Cup final.

Theron did not call up any players currently writing their matric exams, thus ruling out a number of outstanding players from the SA U18 team, including WP flyhalf Handrè Pollard.

A training camp will be staged in Stellenbosch from 9 to 12 November.

‘It is still early days, but I am very excited about this squad,’ said Theron. ‘This will be a first step towards France in June and a lot can happen before then, but it will be good to get the squad together and start moulding them.

‘We will no doubt look at those things that worked for us this year and look at how that compliments the strengths of this new group. The camp will be exciting as we’ll get new energy and ideas as well as a lot of new faces.’

Baby Boks training squad:

Fullbacks: Jacques Rossouw (Blue Bulls), Sean Robinson (KZN), Cheslin Kolbe (WP)

Wings: Ruwellyn Isbell (Blue Bulls), Seabelo Sanata (Free State), Kotaro Matsushima (KZN), Sylvian Mahuza (Leopards), JP Lewis (WP).

Centres: Jan Serfontein (Blue Bulls), Jade Stighling (Blue Bulls), Burger Odendaal (Blue Bulls), Harold Verster (Golden Lions), Tyler Fisher (KZN), Henko Marais (Leopards), Justin Geduld (WP).

Flyhalves: Francois Tredoux (Blue Bulls), Robert du Preez (KZN), Tim Swiel (WP).

Scrumhalves: Carlo Engelbrecht (Blue Bulls), Kefentse Mahlo (Blue Bulls), KK Hlungwane (Free State), Percy Williams (Golden Lions), Hanco Venter (KZN), Stefan Ungerer (KZN), Jean Nel (WP).

Loose Forwards: Clyde Davids (Blue Bulls), Jacques du Plessis (Blue Bulls), Leneve Damens (Blue Bulls), Roelof Smit (Blue Bulls), Ruan Steenkamp (Blue Bulls), Tienie Burger (Free State), Kwagga Smit (Golden Lions), Andrew van Tonder (KZN), Justin Benn (WP), Jurie van Vuuren (WP).

Locks: Dennis Visser (Blue Bulls), Irnè Herbst (Blue Bulls), Marvin Orie (Blue Bulls), Myles Tucker (KZN), Andrew Bekker (WP).

Props: Andrew Beerwinkel (Blue Bulls), Jan Enslin (Blue Bulls), Justin Forwood (Blue Bulls), Neethling Fouchè (Blue Bulls), Luan de Bruin (Free State), Marne Coetzee (KZN), Sti Sithole (WP).

Hookers: Jacques du Toit (Free State), Mornè du Plessis (KZN), Freddie Kirsten (WP).