Six Sharks named in SA U20 squad for Junior World Champs

2012-05-10 00:00

SA RUGBY have named a powerful U20 squad to play in the IRB Junior World Championships in Cape Town next month.

The Sharks Academy are well represented with six players in the 28-man squad.

Pieter-Steph du Toit (lock) and Paul Jordaan (centre) have both played in the demanding 2012 Super Rugby competition, while Braam Steyn (flank), Khaya Majola (flank), Allen Dell (prop) and Nicholas van Dyk (prop) have been involved in the Vodacom Cup for the Sharks XV.

Jordaan became the 55th Sharks Academy player to play Super Rugby when he ran out against the Bulls in week one of the 2012 tournament in February.

Matriculating from Grey College, Bloemfontein, in 2010 after representing SA Schools that year, he was recruited to the academy for 2011 and was selected for the Sharks U19 and U21 teams.

Du Toit, who hails from Swartland High School in the Cape, came to the academy last year.

He made Sharks U19, Sharks U21 and went on to be named the best first-year rugby student at the academy awards.

This year he has been part of the senior Sharks team and has already won two Super Rugby caps.

Allen Dell, the former head boy of Queen’s College, in Queenstown and Border Craven Week and SA Schools player, joined the academy last year and was selected for the Sharks U19 side. He captained the Sharks U19 team in 2011.

Braam Steyn, a product of Paul Roos Gymnasium in Stellenbosch, joined the Academy in 2011, having represented Western Province in both the U18 Craven Week in 2010 and 2009.

He has continued to impress and was part of the Sharks U19 side.

Khaya Majola is a local player through and through, being an former Westville Boy High pupil who was part of the KZN Craven Week and SA Schools Rugby side and was part of the Sharks U19 team in his first year at the academy.

Nicholas van Dyk, who also hails from Cape Town, came to Durban to join the academy last year from Paarl Boy’s High School, having been with the WP Academy and played in Craven Week in 2010.

He started as a loose forward, but in 2010 he moved to prop before joining the Sharks U19 side.

The squad assembles on May 24 in Cape Town for a training camp.

SA U20 JWC GROUP FIXTURES (ALL 7 PM)

June 4 — SA vs Ireland

June 8 — SA vs Italy

June 12 — SA vs England

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