10 of the 30 squad members of the SA Schools side come from Western Province, who beat the Sharks 47-8 in the unofficial Craven Week final.
Coached by Sean Erasmus, the side will get their Aon U18 International Series started at Boland Landbou, then move on to Stellenberg to face France, concluding their tournament in Newlands at SACS.
Notably, former Bok centre Brendan Venter’s son, Brendan Junior has been included (from WP), as has referee Marius Jonker’s son Rynhardt Jonker (from the Sharks).
“I am very happy with the quality of the players in the squad,” said Erasmus.
“All of the players performed well at Craven Week, and they showed that they can play an exciting brand of rugby. I was particularly impressed with the resilience and character they showed during the week and I am very excited to work with them.
“The experience and leadership that the players such as Adrian, Celimpilo and Banele will bring is also good as they will set the pace and intensity at training.
SA Schools squad:
Jacobus Agenbag (prop), Free State/Grey College
Adrian Alberts (lock), Western Province/Paarl Boys High
Dewald Donald (prop), Blue Bulls/Affies
Tristan Dullisear (flank), Golden Lions/Monument
Jacques Goosen (hooker), Border/Selborne College
Celimpilo Gumede (No 8), Sharks/Durban High School
Hanru Jacobs (prop), Western Province/Paul Roos Gymnasium
Jean-Jacques Kotze (hooker), Western Province/Paul Roos Gymnasium
De Wet Marais (flank), Free State/Grey College
Mihlali Mgolodela (flank), Western Province/Rondebosch Boys High
Keketso Morabe (No 8), Griffons/Welkom Gimnasium
Banele Mthenjane (prop), Pumas/Nelspruit
Lunga Ncube (lock), Sharks/Glenwood
Evan Roos (No 8), Western Province/Paarl Boys High
Sibusiso Sangweni (lock), Sharks/Kearsney College
Jarrod Taylor (flank), Border/Selborne College
Uzile Tele (flank), Border/Hudson Park High
Emile van Heerden (lock), Western Province XV/Paarl Boys High
Lionel April (flyhalf), Boland/Hermanus High
Thomas Bursey (scrumhalf), Border/Selborne College
Jurich Claasens (scrumhalf), Blue Bulls/Garsfontein
Darren Hendricks (fullback), Western Province/Boland Landbou
Stravino Jacobs (wing), Western Province/Paarl Gymnasium
Rynhardt Jonker (centre), Sharks/Glenwood
Muzilikazi Manyike (centre), Golden Lions/Jeppe Boys High
Juan Mostert (flyhalf), Western Province/Paul Roos Gymnasium
Brendan Venter (centre), Western Province/Paul Roos Gymnasium
Wyclef Vlitoor (wing), Free State/Grey College
Sibabalwe Xamlashe (fullback), Border/Selborne College
Mnombo Zwelindaba (centre), Border/Selborne College
Aon U18 International Series fixtures:
Friday, August 10 (at Boland Landbou)
14:15 – England vs France
16:00 – SA Schools vs Wales
Tuesday, August 14 (at Stellenberg)
14:15 – Wales vs England
16:00 – SA Schools vs France
Saturday, August 18 (at SACS)
12:15 – France vs Wales
14:05 – SA Schools vs England