Chean Roux has ±90 days to prepare SA u20 team : Squad of 50 chosen

Following his unsuccessful spell as part of the senior Springbok coaching staff, new South African under-20 head coach Chean Roux as well as his his newly appointed assistant Mzwandile Stick who was also downgraded from the same Bok setup, have another very difficult assignment on their hands. They basically have exactly three months until the kickoff of the World Rugby’s U20 Championship in Georgia.

Junior Springboks (Under-20s) coaching team:

Head Coach: Chean Roux. Assistant Coach: Mzwandile Stick. Team Doctor: Jerome Mampane. Physiotherapist: Karabo Morokane. Technical Analyst: Hayden Groepes.

World Rugby u20 Championship fixtures:

1 A Wed 31May England U20 Samoa U20
2 B Wed 31May New Zealand U20 Scotland U20
3 C Wed 31May South Africa U20 France U20
4 B Wed 31May Ireland U20 Italy U20
5 C Wed 31May Argentina U20 Georgia U20
6 A Wed 31May Australia U20 Wales U20
7 C Sun 04Jun Argentina U20 France U20
8 B Sun 04Jun Ireland U20 Scotland U20
9 A Sun 04Jun Australia U20 Samoa U20
10 B Sun 04Jun New Zealand U20 Italy U20
11 C Sun 04Jun South Africa U20 Georgia U20
12 A Sun 04Jun England U20 Wales U20
13 A Thu 08Jun Wales U20 Samoa U20
14 B Thu 08Jun Scotland U20 Italy U20
15 C Thu 08Jun Argentina U20 South Africa U20
16 B Thu 08Jun Ireland U20 New Zealand U20
17 C Thu 08Jun France U20 Georgia U20
18 A Thu 08Jun England U20 Australia U20
19 Tue 13Jun 10th Seed 11th Seed
20 Tue 13Jun 9th Seed 12th Seed
21 Tue 13Jun 5th Seed 8th Seed
22 Tue 13Jun 6th Seed 7th Seed
23 S/FINAL Tue 13Jun 2nd Seed 3rd Seed
24 S/FINAL Tue 13Jun 1st Seed 4th Seed
25 11th/12th Sun 18Jun Loser Match 19 Loser Match 20
26 5th/6th Sun 18Jun Winner Match 21 Winner Match 22
27 9th/10th Sun 18Jun Winner Match 19 Winner Match 20
28 3rd/4th Sun 18Jun Loser Match 23 Loser Match 24
29 7th/8th Sun 18Jun Loser Match 21 Loser Match 22
30 FINAL Sun 18Jun Winner Match 23 Winner Match 24

Squad of 50

1 PR Carlu Sadie Bellville 1 of 14 WP u20
2 PR Kwenze Blose Glenwood 1 of 5 Free State u20
3 PR Khuthu Mchunu Glenwood 1 of 6 Sharks u20
4 PR Leo Kruger HJS Paarl BH 1 of 11 Lions u20
5 PR Wikus Groenewald HJS Paarl BH 2 of 14 WP u20
6 PR Lee-Marvin Mazibuko Michaelhouse 3 of 14 WP u20
7 PR Gerhard Steenekamp Potch Gim 1 of 13 Bulls u20
8 PR Tiny Mukhari Pretoria BH 2 of 13 Bulls u20
9 PR Andrew Kuhn Outeniqua 2 of 5 Free State u20
10 PR Abram Venter De Aar 3 of 5 Free State u20
11 HK Marnus vd Merwe Nelspruit 4 of 5 Free State u20
12 HK HP van Schoor Oakdale 2 of 11 Lions u20
13 HK Johan Grobbelaar Paarl Gim 3 of 13 Bulls u20
14 HK Abraham Coetzee Paul Roos 5 of 5 Free State u20
15 LK Ruben van Heerden Affies 4 of 13 Bulls u20
16 LK Hendre Stassen EG Jansen 5 of 13 Bulls u20
17 LK Ruben de Villiers HJS Paarl BH 4 of 14 WP u20
18 LK Salmaan Moerat HJS Paarl BH 5 of 14 WP u19
19 LK Reinhard Nothnagel Monument 3 of 11 Lions u20
20 LK Cobus Wiese Upington 6 of 14 WP u20
21 LF Eduan Lubbe Affies 6 of 13 Bulls u20
22 LF Jaco Bezuidenhout Garsfontein 7 of 13 Bulls u20
23 LF Nama Xaba Glenwood 7 of 14 WP u20
24 LF Hacjivah Dayimani Jeppe 4 of 11 Lions u20
25 LF Len Massyn Monument 5 of 11 Lions u20
26 LF Ernst van Rhyn Paarl Gim 8 of 14 WP u20
27 LF Muller Uys Paarl Gim 9 of 14 WP u19
28 LF Zain Davids Rondebosch 10 of 14 WP u20
29 LF Jaurno Augustus Tygerberg 11 of 14 WP u20
30 SH Embrose Papier Garsfontein 8 of 13 Bulls u20
31 SH Bradley Thain HJS Paarl BH 6 of 11 Lions u20
32 SH Francois de Villiers HTS Middelburg 2 of 6 Sharks u20
33 SH Jondre Williams Boland Landbou 12 of 14 WP u20
34 FH Benhard Jv Rensburg Frikkie Meyer 3 of 6 Sharks u20
35 FH Curwin Bosch Grey HS 4 of 6 Sharks u20
36 FH Manie Libbok Outeniqua 9 of 13 Bulls u20
37 FH Damian Willemse Paul Roos 13 of 14 WP u19
38 CT Cornel Smit Bishops 14 of 14 WP u20
39 CT Heino Bezuidenhout Daniel Pienaar 10 of 13 Bulls u20
40 CT Irvin Ali EG Jansen 11 of 13 Bulls u20
41 CT Manny Rass HJS Paarl BH 7 of 11 Lions u19
42 CT Wandile Simelane Jeppe 8 of 11 Lions u19
43 CT Wayne vd Bank Menlopark 9 of 11 Lions u20
44 CT Stedman Gans Waterkloof 12 of 13 Bulls u20
45 WG Ilunga Mukendi Glenwood 5 of 6 Sharks u20
46 WG Michael Tambwe Parktown 10 of 11 Lions u20
47 WG Yaw Penxe Queen’s 1 of 1 Kings u20
48 WG Ciaran Dayaram SACS 13 of 13 Bulls u20
49 WG Mfundu Ndlovu Standerton 6 of 6 Sharks u20
50 FB Gianni Lombard HJS Paarl BH 11 of 11 Lions u19


  1. A squad of plus minus 45 players, which was reduced from the original 86, will attend a two week training camp at Stellenbosch, starting this Monday.The names of the players invited,was only made available to the various unions.I know the names of quite a few players, but maybe you can get the full list from SA Rugby, Beet ?

  2. @Kattes-Strofes: I doubt they will give me the list at this stage Kattes. They have become very protective about disclosing certain information and I think there intentions are good in this regard. It doesn’t help satisfy our curiosity tho :lol:

  3. 90 days that’s while the other countries in 6 nations are starting their games already with all the preparations done. Don’t think we should expect to much of them.

  4. @Rugbymal: It’s a pity that things are so disorganised because this was one of those talented years coming out of school and they might have been formidable title contenders with the right sort of preparation. Perhaps they can still surprise all but the situation is looking a little bleak at the moment.

  5. @Rugbymal: Agree. The England U20 side has been tearing up the 6N and most of their squad have been gaining valuable experience playing in the Aviva Premiership, A League, Anglo-Welsh Cup or dual registered in the Championship. Feeling negative about our chances when we’ve only had a couple of training camps and some of the guys have been pissing about in the Varsity Cup, Young Guns competition or holding tackle bags during the Super Rugby preseason.

  6. @Skopgraaf243: McBeth will have another shot at selection in 2018.

    Unlike last year’s team which contained u19 players Van Rhyn, de Villiers, Sadie, Davids and Wiese in the pack, this year it looks like the forwards will pretty much be u20 players with the possible exception of Moerat. I guess one probably should not write off Uys just yet either. He’s a nice big lad and really useful ballcarrier in the Billy Vunipola / Facunda Isa mold.

  7. Ek is bly om HP nog daar te sien as een van die hakers. Geluk ook Kattes met Leo wat nog is groep is.

  8. @Slam: Cant agree more. None of these guys apart from Bosch has had actual real game time. We are still stuck at a group of 50 guys while these Northern Hemisphere guys are already in squad format getting playing time and gelling as a unit.

    Have just read the article on the training camps an so on. Why send the guys up and down 2 weeks here 1 week there. Why not keep them together and build a unit.

  9. @Rugbymal: The lack of preparation drives me insane. It’s not rocket science to work out why Eng have won the JWC three out of the four previous tournaments. Some saying this crop is one of the most talented yet given the experience some of these guys are getting in senior rugby.

  10. @Slam:

    I guess since the squad is still 50 strong these players caught my eye as surprise omission of the u20 players

    Adre Smith Oakdale
    Bader Pretorius Michaelhouse
    David Brits Selborne
    Nico Leonard Paul Roos
    Josh Vermeulen Paul Roos

  11. Here are all the cut players:

    1 PR Cabous Eloff Affies 1 of 9 Bulls u19
    2 PR Nathan McBeth Monument 1 of 11 Lions u19
    3 PR Simphiwe Matanzima Queen’s 2 of 9 Bulls u20
    4 HK Duan du Plessis Daniel Pienaar 1 of 3 Kings u20
    5 HK Daniel Jooste HJS Paarl BH 1 of 9 WP u19
    6 HK PJ Botha Monument 2 of 11 Lions u19
    7 LK Kwandu Dimaza Dale 1 of 3 Sharks u20
    8 LK Ruan Vermaak Monument 3 of 11 Lions u19
    9 LK Adre Smith Oakdale 4 of 11 Lions u20
    10 LF Ryno Pieterse Garsfontein 3 of 9 Bulls u19
    11 LF Kamva Dilima Grey HS 2 of 3 Kings u20
    12 LF Kwezi Mafu Grey HS 4 of 9 Bulls u19
    13 LF Edmund Rheeder Klerksdorp 1 of 1 Leopards u20
    14 LF Bertie De Bod Oakdale 1 of 3 Free State u20
    15 LF Johan Visser Paarl Gim 2 of 9 WP u20
    16 LF Clifferd Jacobs Pionier 2 of 3 Sharks u20
    17 SH Rewan Kruger Grey College 2 of 3 Free State u19
    18 SH Richman Gora Welkom Gim 5 of 9 Bulls u19
    19 FH Eddie Fouche Affies 5 of 11 Lions u20
    20 FH Courtney Winnaar Dale 3 of 3 Kings u20
    21 FH Tyron Green Jeppe 6 of 11 Lions u19
    22 FH Bader Pretorius Michaelhouse 7 of 11 Lions u20
    23 FH Christo Hamman Oakdale 6 of 9 Bulls u20
    24 CT Louritz vd Schyff Affies 8 of 11 Lions u19
    25 CT Kurt Eybers Oakdale 3 of 3 Free State u20
    26 CT Taigh Schoor Paarl Gim 3 of 3 Sharks u20
    27 CT David Brits Selborne 3 of 9 WP u20
    28 WG Christiaan Strydom Affies 7 of 9 Bulls u19
    29 WG Ryan Muller Bellville 4 of 9 WP u20
    30 WG Tyreeq February HJS Paarl BH 9 of 11 Lions u20
    31 WG Andell Loubser Menlopark 8 of 9 Bulls u20
    32 WG Stean Pienaar Menlopark 10 of 11 Lions u20
    33 WG Nico Leonard Paul Roos 5 of 9 WP u20
    34 WG Sakoyisa Makata Stirling 6 of 9 WP u20
    35 FB Tristan Leyds Bishops 7 of 9 WP u20
    36 FB Earll Douwrie Drostdy 9 of 9 Bulls u20
    37 FB Abner van Reenen Garsfontein/HJS 8 of 9 WP u20
    38 FB Jeanluc Cilliers HJS Paarl BH 11 of 11 Lions u20
    39 FB Josh Vermeulen Paul Roos 9 of 9 WP u20

  12. @beet: Voel rerig jammer vir Adre Smith, Josh Vermeulen, JL Cilliers, Nico Leonard, David Brits, Johan Visser en Ruan Vermaak

  13. @Die Ken: Ruan Vermaak fortunately has another year and I think based on the quality of this year’s locks compared with next year, he will probably walk into the u20 team in 2018.

    JL Cilliers is an outstanding kicker. A real points machine. He’s not a glamorous ball in hand player but he is safe as houses / reliable. I watched him in the match vs Monnas at St Johns a couple of years back and the accuracy of his high ball punts was appreciated. It’s one thing to hoof and chase but a different art to tactically give a ball the sort of hang-time and placement to allow a chaser to contest it as an almost 50:50 challenge.

    Haven’t seen Vissie play since school when he really proved to be a proper specialist, so can’t comment about his form. SA has never been small loose-forward friendly and by small I mean anything below 1.87m, so can understand in a sense why he might have been overlooked.

  14. @beet: some very talented players left out, but many of them also still u/19. Especially props, locks and hookers tend to get better with age – kind of work hardening.

  15. Clean Roux??? 8-O

    Nonetheless one would think SARU would have learned a lesson from the Boks that appointing a ‘shotgun’ coach a couple of months before a test does no one any good.I hope the talent in this group will put dignity to their campaign.


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