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South Africa Schools teams named for U19 series openers

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SA Schools coach Lance Sendin and SA Schools A coach Sean Erasmus on Thursday named their teams for the opening round of the Under-19 International Series at City Park Stadium in Crawford, Cape Town, on Friday.

The SA Schools team will face Wales at 15h00 and the SA Schools A team takes on Italy at 13h30. In the other fixture England and France clash at 12h00. All three matches will be broadcast live on SuperSport 1 (channel 201).

With the bulk of the 26-man SA Schools squad being made up of DHL Western Province players, who took top honours in the U18 Coca-Cola Craven Week for the second successive year, Sendin had the luxury of selecting a few settled player combinations.

The DHL Western Province loose trio of Charl Serdyn, Muller Uys and Khanya Ncusane will form a solid looseforward combination, while their provincial counterparts, fullback Gianni Lombard and wing Mike Mavovana, will also form a key combination at the back along with left wing Sihle Njezula from Eastern Province.

The front-row pairing of Bidvest Golden Lions prop Nathan McBeth and hooker PJ Botha, who will pack down with Eastern Province Country Districts prop Sazi Sandi, will also be vital against the Welsh pack.

“Given the limited time to prepare for the tournament, it was important to select a few settled player combinations, while at the same time trying to name the strongest possible team,” said Sendin.

“Unfortunately a few players had flu this week and had to be managed, which also influenced our team selection. That said, we would like to give the players on the bench a good run as well in the match.”

Commenting on the threat posed by Wales, Sendin said: “Wales have come all the way to South Africa and they will be determined to win. The fact that they have played together before will certainly give them confidence. Their rush defence is very good and they have a strong pack of forwards, so they will look to dominate up front, and we are expecting them to use their rolling maul often, so we have to be wary of that.”

Erasmus also selected a few settled combinations in his starting team to face Italy, with Enrista Blue Bulls fullback Abner van Reenen, wing Austin Davids and captain and centre Louritz Van der Schyff joining forces. In the front row, the familiarity between Sharks hooker Dylan Richardson and prop Gugu Nelani will add stability in the front row.

“We selected a team we thought we would be best suited to way we plan to play against Italy,” said Erasmus.

“We are expecting a physical onslaught from them in the first 20 minutes and a free-flowing game in general. They are a passionate nation and that will certainly show in the way they play, so this will be a tough test for us.”

With the U19 International Series serving as a platform to expose young players to top-class rugby from a young age, all six teams have been allowed to name match-day squads of 26 players. However, only eight replacements may be used on the day.

SA Schools team to face Wales:

Nr

Name

Province

15

Gianni Lombard

DHL Western Province

14

Mike Mavovana

DHL Western Province

13

Wandisile Simelane

Bidvest Golden Lions

12

Rikus Pretorius

Bizhub Free State

11

Sihle Njezula

Eastern Province

10

Damian Willemse

DHL Western Province

9

Rewan Kruger

Bizhub Free State

8

Khanya Ncusane

DHL Western Province

7

Muller Uys

DHL Western Province

6

Charl Serdyn

DHL Western Province

5

PJ Steenkamp

Enrista Blue Bulls

4

Salmaan Moerat (captain)

DHL Western Province

3

Sazi Sandi

Eastern Province CD

2

PJ Botha

Bidvest Golden Lions

1

Nathan McBeth

Bidvest Golden Lions

Replacements

 

 

16

Daniel Jooste

DHL Western Province

17

Reece Bezuidenhout

DHL Western Province

18

Johan Neethling

DHL Western Province

19

Ben-Jason Dixon

DHL Western Province

20

JC Pretorius

Pumas

21

Richman Gora

Thepa Trading Griffons

22

Ruan de Swardt

Enrista Blue Bulls

23

Manuel Rass

DHL Western Province

24

Muller du Plessis

DHL Western Province

25

Emilio Adonis

Enrista Blue Bulls

26

Khwezi Mafu

Eastern Province

 

SA Schools team to face Italy:

 

Nr

Name

Province

15

Abner van Reenen

Enrista Blue Bulls

14

Austin Davids

Enrista Blue Bulls

13

Louritz Van der Schyff (captain)

Enrista Blue Bulls

12

Sicelo Tole

Eastern Province

11

Cameron Hufke

GWK Griquas

10

Lubabalo Dobela

Eastern Province

9

Sanele Nohamba

Sharks

8

Jessie Johnson

DHL Western Province

7

Mark Snyman

Bidvest Golden Lions

6

Athi Magwala

DHL Western Province

5

Christopher Havenga

Bidvest Golden Lions

4

Jaco van Tonder

Bizhub Free State

3

Mornay Smith

Enrista Blue Bulls

2

Dylan Richardson

Sharks

1

Gugu Nelani

Sharks

Replacements

 

 

16

Schalk Erasmus

Enrista Blue Bulls

17

Cabous Eloff

Enrista Blue Bulls

18

Keagan Glade

Bidvest Golden Lions

19

Juan van der Mescht

Sharks

20

Ryno Pieterse

Enrista Blue Bulls

21

Dian Schoonees

Bizhub Free State

22

Zinedine Booysen

SWD Eagles

23

Tyrone Green

Bidvest Golden Lions

24

Tadendaishe Mujawo

Bidvest Golden Lions

25

Janco van Heyningen

Bizhub Free State

26

Ayabonga Oliphant

Eastern Province