A chance to impress

2014-07-23 00:00

CAPE TOWN — Saru has announced a squad of 55 players to attend the SA Schools trials on Saturday at the Barnard Stadium in Kempton Park, Johannesburg.

After a poor Craven Week campaign for the KwaZulu-Natal side, there was consolation in the fact that six members of that squad were in the running for the SA Schools side.

The SA Schools trial squad was selected by the national selectors following the conclusion of the U18 Coca-Cola Craven Week in Middelburg. The trials in Kempton Park will assist the national selectors to finalise the 28-man SA Schools squad for next month’s series of youth international matches featuring France, Wales and England.

In the past four years, the SA Schools team went unbeaten in the series. With a healthy rugby development system in SA, they will look to repeat this feat for the fifth time in August following the decision by the English, French and Welsh U18 teams to return to SA this year.

The SA Schools team will face France in their first match of the series at the City Park Stadium in Cape Town on August 15, Wales at Outeniqua Park in George on August 19, and England at the Paul Roos Markötter ground in Stellenbosch on August 23.

The trial group consists of 23 backs and 33 forwards, and includes two players who starred at the U18 Academy Week in Worcester recently, Boland flanker Jurie Fick and Lions number eight Hacjivah Dayimani.

“This large group of players caught the attention with their exciting skills during another excellent U18 Coca-Cola Craven Week,” said Saru CEO Jurie Roux. “All of them now have a final chance to impress the selectors, who have the difficult task to select just 28 players for the upcoming youth internationals.”

Roux added: “Over the years, we have seen many players graduate from the Youth Weeks to the SA Schools team and then to either to our provincial unions or the Springbok team. We believe this tough competition for our school players will ensure that they are adequately prepared for the demands and challenges of international rugby in future.”

The following players will attend the South Africa Schools trials on Saturday in Kempton Park, Johannesburg:


Morné Joubert (KZN), Eduan Keyter (Blue Bulls), Keanu Vers (Eastern Province).

Right wings

Nazo Nkala (Griffons), Duncan Saal (WP), Manie Libbok (SWD).

Outside centres

Barend Smit (Pumas), Cyprian Nkomo (Pumas), Markus Coetzer (Leopards).

Inside centres

J.T. Jackson (SWD), Tshepo Thulo (Lions), Heino Bezuidenhout (Eastern Province), Franco Naude (Blue Bulls).

Left wings

Jerry Danquah (Border), Connery Poole (Blue Bulls), Andell Loubsher (Blue Bulls).


Curwin Bosch (Eastern Province), Thinus de Beer (Blue Bulls), Tristan Tedder (KZN).


Marko Janse van Vuuren (Valke), Ambrose Papier (Blue Bulls), Stephan Enslin (Pumas), Jaywin Juries (Griffons).

Number eights

Jaco Coetzee (KZN), Junior Komela (Eastern Province), Edmund Rheeder (Leopards), Hacjivah Dayimani (Lions).

Number seven flankers

Cobus Wiese (Griquas Country Districts), Conal Brown (Boland), Victor Maruping (Free State), Arnold Gerber (Blue Bulls).

Number six flankers

Saud Abrahams (Western Province), Willem Massyn (Lions), Luigy van Jaarsveld (Eastern Province CD), Jurie Fick (Boland).

Number five locks

Eduard Zandberg (SWD), Ruben de Villiers (Western Province), Hendré Stassen (Valke), Teubus Brits (Griquas).

Number four Locks

Jaco Willemse (Western Province), Rhyno Herbst (Lions), Rikus Swart (Griquas), Ashton Fortuin (Blue Bulls).

Tighthead props

Ignatius Prinsloo (Free State), Sarel-Marco Smit (Blue Bulls), Stefan Hanekom (Griquas CD), Jaco Tredoux (KZN).


Jan-Henning Campher (Blue Bulls), Le Roux Baard (SWD), Alandre van Rooyen (Eastern Province), Nico Peyper (Valke).

Loosehead props

Kenneth van Niekerk (KZN), Ngonidzashe Chidoma (KZN), Michael Kumbirai (Blue Bulls), Lupumlo Mguca (Eastern Province).

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