An initial South Africa under-20 training squad for the World Rugby u20 Championships has been organised and players have been invited to attend. However it seems like this information in not for the general public’s consumption for some or other mysterious reason. Every Bok supporter is crying out for SA rugby to get their act together, work harder, get more efficient, get more professional but it just doesn’t seem to be happening. Winning the u20 Championships is an achievable objective for SARU, however the Baby Boks preparations for the event have been a bit of a joke over the past few years. It needs to get a lot more focussed if SA is to pose a more serious challenge for the title and it all begins with the people involved in the process adopting a far more professional approach.
World Rugby has announced that France will host the World Rugby U20 Championship in 2018 with matches being played in Béziers, Perpignan and Narbonne.
The five match days will take place on 30 May, 3 June, 7 June, 12 June and 17 June 2018.
The tournament features three pools of four teams, with the pool winners and the best runner-up progressing to the semi-finals.
Pool A: New Zealand, Australia, Wales and Japan
Pool B: England, Scotland, Italy and Argentina
Pool C: South Africa, France, Ireland and Georgia
Reigning champs New Zealand have already held a December 2017 training camp for 52 hopefuls as a first step towards defending that title.
NEW ZEALAND TRAINING CAMP PLAYERS
|1||John Akau’ola-Laula||Auckland||1||Wiseguy Faiane||Auckland|
|2||Sione Asi||Manawatu||2||Leicester Faingaanuku||Tasman|
|3||Suetena Asomua||Counties Manukau||3||Scott Gregory||Northland|
|4||Tom Christie||Canterbury||4||Jack Grooby||Tasman|
|5||Te Ahiwaru Cirikidaveta||Tasman||5||Ciarahn Matoe||Taranaki|
|6||Rob Cobb||Auckland||6||Rupena Parkinson||Tasman|
|7||Jacob Devery||Hawkes Bay||7||Harry Plummer||Auckland|
|8||Sosaia Fale||Waikato||8||Rameka Poihipi||Canterbury|
|9||Tim Farrell||Hawkes Bay||9||Carlos Price||Wellington|
|10||Devan Flanders||Hawkes Bay||10||Billy Proctor||Wellington|
|11||Tom Florence||Taranaki||11||Ngane Punivai||Canterbury|
|12||Brayden Iose||Manawatu||12||Jay Renton||Southland|
|13||Ricky Jackson||Otago||13||Xavier Roe||Waikato|
|14||Joe Johnson||Bay of Plenty||14||Jamie Spowart||Tasman|
|15||Josh Kaho||Waikato||15||Bailyn Sullivan||Waikato|
|16||Tevita Mafileo||Bay of Plenty||16||Tanielu Tele’a||Auckland|
|17||Slade McDowall||Otago||17||Danny Toala||Hawkes Bay|
|18||Laghlan McWhannell||Waikato||18||Salyn Tonu’u||North Harbour|
|19||Sam Moli||Tasman||19||Sheldon Tovio||Waikato|
|20||Ajay Mua||Bay of Plenty||20||Kaleb Trask||Bay of Plenty|
|32||Ricky Van Der Heyden||Bay of Plenty|
Not considered due to Super Rugby or Sevens commitments: Caleb Clarke (Auckland), Will Jordan (Tasman), Vilimoni Koroi (Otago). Not considered due to injury: Will Tremain (Hawke’s Bay), Raymond Nu’u (Canterbury).
Meanwhile North of the Equator strong u20 title contenders England along with the other North Hemisphere heavyweights gear up for their very meaningful u20 6 Nations Championship: 5 test match conditions games over 2 months beginning in February that will go a long way to preparing them for the World Rugby tournament starting in June. It wasn’t too difficult to find their 32-man elite squad online either.
England U20 EPS 2017/18
Forwards: Josh Basham (London Irish), Ben Curry (Sale Sharks), Beck Cutting (Worcester Warriors), Ben Earl (Saracens), Joe Heyes (Leicester Tigers), Ted Hill (Worcester Warriors), Dino Lamb (Harlequins), Sam Lewis (Leicester Tigers), Sam Moore (Sale Sharks), Joe Morris (Worcester Warriors), Gabriel Oghre (Wasps), James Scott (Worcester Warriors), Alex Seville (Gloucester), Marcus Street (Exeter Chiefs), Toby Trinder (Northampton Saints), Henry Walker (Gloucester), Tom Willis (Wasps)
Backs: Rory Brand (London Irish), Will Butler (Worcester Warriors), Aaron Chapman (Bristol), Ali Crossdale (Saracens), Fraser Dingwall (Northampton Saints), James Grayson (Northampton Saints), Tom Hardwick (Leicester Tigers), Gabriel Ibitoye (Harlequins), Ben Loader (London Irish), Jordan Olowofela (Leicester Tigers), Tom Parton (London Irish), Tom Seabrook (Gloucester), Joe Snow (Exeter Chiefs), Ben White (Leicester Tigers), Matt Williams (London Irish)