Under-20 lock called up to Boks camp

2012-04-24 10:13

Sharks lock Pieter Steph du Toit, a member of the wider South African Under-20 squad, has been called up to the Springbok planning camp in Pretoria.

Du Toit played for the SA under-20s in their first international against the touring Argentina team, after which he was called up by The Sharks for Super Rugby duty, where he made his debut against the Chiefs on Saturday.

The 19-year-old Sharks lock joined the Springbok camp in Pretoria yesterday evening.

Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer explained Du Toit’s call-up and said he was excited to see the youngster in action.

“I’ve rated Pieter Steph highly since I first saw him play at the Craven Week and after his selection for the Sharks, we saw it as an ideal opportunity to invite him to the camp,” Meyer said.

“I also discussed the matter with national selector Ian McIntosh.

“I’ve said from the start that age would not be a determining factor when I select a team and bringing in someone like Pieter Steph gives me the ideal opportunity to assess one of our best young players.”

The final Springbok Planning Camp takes place in Cape Town next week with players from the Stormers.

The names of the invited players will be released at the conclusion of the current camp.

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