Baby Boks get varsity warm-up

The SA U20s will play friendlies against three Western Cape universities in January.

Baby Boks coach Dawie Theron has named 34 players for the camp in preparation for the Junior World Championship to be played in France in June.

The camp, to be held in Stellenbosch between 14 and 27 January, will include trials and friendly matches against the UWC (18 January), Maties (23 January) and UCT (26 January).

‘This is a very important camp for us,’ Theron said. ‘We need to settle on a squad and this will be another opportunity for us to do so. There are a lot of boxes that we will have to tick in the two weeks of the camp to make sure we are on track.

‘The trials should confirm our selections and the training matches will give us a better idea of the various combinations available to us. We will also have to settle on our game plan once we have a clear understanding of our playing personnel.’

BABY BOKS TRAINING SQUAD:

Fullbacks: Cheslin Kolbe, Tim Swiel (Western Province)
Wings: Seabelo Senatla (Free State Cheetahs), Luther Obi, Sylvian Mahuza (Leopards)
Centres: Jan Serfontein, Dries Swanepoel (Blue Bulls), Justin Gedult, JP Lewis (Western Province), Tyler Fisher (KZN)
Flyhalves: Handre Pollard (Blue Bulls), Robert du Preez (KZN)
Scrumhalves: Kirshwin Williams (Golden Lions), Hanco Venter, Stefan Ungerer (KZN)
Loose Forwards: Leneve Dames, Roelof Smit, Ruan Steenkamp (all Blue Bulls), Albertus Smit (Golden Lions), Jurie van Vuuren (Western Province)
Locks: Dennis Visser, Irnè Herbst, Jacques du Plessis, Marvin Orie (all Blue Bulls)
Props: Justin Forwood, Andrew Beerwinkel, Neethling Fouchè (all Blue Bulls), Luan de Bruin (Free State Cheetahs), Marnè Coetzee (KZN), Sti Sithole (Western Province)
Hookers: Jacques du Toit (Free State Cheetahs), Devon Martinus (Golden Lions), Morne du Plessis (KZN), Freddie Kirsten (Western Province)