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Under-19 World Cup squad

2004-03-03 14:58

Cape Town - The South African Rugby Football Union (Sarfu) has named a squad of 26 for the IRB Under-19 World Championship taking place in Durban from March 27 to April 12.

The squad will be captained by Peter Louw, with Isma-eel Dollie as vice-captain. Both players are from Western Province.

The squad features seven players who were part of the group that won the Championship last year. They are Louw, Dollie, Sangoni Mxoli, Ncedo Koyana, Leon Karemaker, Marius Delport and Jacobus Adriaanse.

For his final preparations, coach Eugene Eloff is taking the players to Worcester next week.

Sarfu President Brian van Rooyen said he wished the squad well, and that he believed they would do South Africa proud.

"These players represent the future of rugby in our country. I call upon all South Africans to stand behind these young men, and propel them towards success in Durban.

"For us South Africans, the most important thing about the tournament is that it will show the world the depth of talent in our midst, and the extent to which we are hungry to regain our status as a top rugby nation in the world."

Eloff said he was aware of the major challenge his players were facing, as they will be the team to beat at the tournament.

"It's going to be very tough for all of us. The players know that, and they are responding very well to the motivation.

"As defending champions, playing on home-soil, we are going to do our best to show South African rugby supporters that the game is alive and well in the country."

The full squad is:

BLUE BULLS

Marius Delport, Mahlatse Ralepelle, Pierre Spies, Adriaan Strauss, Danie Van der Merwe,

BOLAND

Hilton Loberts,

BORDER

Sakhiwo Jaji

FREE STATE

Alwyn Hollenbach, Richardt Strauss, Phillip Van der Merwe,

GOLDEN LIONS

Albertus Delport, Gerhardus Meyer, Stefan Nel, Heinke Van der Merwe, Jano Vermaak,

NATAL

Nikolai Blignaut, Alistair Hargreaves, Ncedo Koyana, Sangoni Mxoli,

SOUTH WESTERN DISTRICTS

Curlain Genis,

WESTERN PROVINCE

Jacobus Adriaanse, Isma-eel Dollie, Leon Karemaker, Pieter Louw, Jody Rose, Frank Wagenstroom.