45 Baby Bok hopefuls in SA Rugby Academy squad 2019

From the SA Rugby website press release:

The Academy programme, which was launched in 2015, aims to balance formal education with high performance training and player welfare. Thanks to the vital support from corporates through the Rugby Education Foundation (REF) and Academy sponsors, Remgro (through the Stellenbosch Academy of Sport) and SuperSport, over 100 players have participated in the project and received education bursaries to date.The 2019 programme, which kicks off on Sunday, 3 February and runs until 20 April, will be steered by Junior Springbok coach Chean Roux, assistant coach Bafana Nhleko and SA Rugby High Performance Manager, Louis Koen.

In line with the programme’s objective of ensuring holistic player development on and off the field, all the participants will be enrolled for various degrees, national diplomas, national certificates and short courses, which will be backed up by life skills and mentorship programmes and regular tutor sessions.

“These 45 players are among the best Under-19 and Under-20 players in the country, and we are delighted to assist in their development both and off the field,” said SA Rugby CEO Jurie Roux.

“Last year we had 30 players in the programme, so it is fantastic that we have been able to include more players this year, and this is all thanks to our sponsors. I would like to thank the corporates who support our Rugby Education Foundation, as well as Remgro and SuperSport, for making this possible.”

Roux had high hopes for the squad and said: “The objective of the SA Rugby Academy is to develop top-class rugby players who can advance through our structures to the Junior Springboks and our senior national teams in future, and who can contribute to society off the field after rugby, and we believe this group of players has the potential to achieve that.

“The fact that most of these players have come through our SA Rugby Under-16 to Under-18 Elite Player Development structures is also evidence that our development programme is working.”

# A/G POS NAME SCHOOL UNION
1 u20 PR Kudzwai Dube 1 of 1 Muir 1 of 9 Bulls
2 u20 PR Keagan Glade 1 of 1 KES 1 of 8 Lions
3 u19 PR Mthokozisi Gumede 1 of 6 DHS 2 of 9 Bulls
4 u19 PR Hanro Jacobs 1 of 1 Paul Roos 1 of 18 Sharks
5 u20 PR Francois Klopper 1 of 1 Voortrekker (Beth) 2 of 18 Sharks
6 u20 PR Nkosikhona Masuku 1 of 1 Parktown 2 of 8 Lions
7 u19 PR Thabiso Mdletshe 1 of 4 Glenwood 3 of 18 Sharks
8 u20 PR Asenathi Ntlabakanye 1 of 1 St Stithians 3 of 8 Lions
9 u20 HK Fezokuhle Mbatha 1 of 2 Maritzburg College 4 of 18 Sharks
10 u20 HK Dameon Venter 1 of 1 Helpmekaar 4 of 8 Lions
11 u20 HK Joe van Zyl 1 of 3 Affies 3 of 9 Bulls
12 u20 LK Elrigh Louw 1 of 1 Transvalia 1 of 2 Free State
13 u19 LK Lunga Ncube 2 of 4 Glenwood 5 of 18 Sharks
14 u20 LK JJ van der Mescht 3 of 4 Glenwood 6 of 18 Sharks
15 u20 LK Emile van Heerden 1 of 5 HJS Paarl BH 7 of 18 Sharks
21 u20 LK Jeandre Labuschagne 2 of 2 Maritzburg College 8 of 18 Sharks
17 u20 FL Vian Fourie 2 of 5 HJS Paarl BH 9 of 18 Sharks
23 u20 FL Dylan Richardson 1 of 2 Kearsney 10 of 18 Sharks
20 u20 FL Jaco Labuschagne 2 of 3 Affies 4 of 9 Bulls
22 u20 FL Mandisi Mthiyane 2 of 6 DHS 5 of 8 Lions
24 u20 FL Evan Roos 3 of 5 HJS Paarl BH 11 of 18 Sharks
25 u19 FL Sibusiso Sangweni 2 of 2 Kearsney 6 of 8 Lions
16 u20 N8 Phendulani Buthelezi 3 of 6 DHS 12 of 18 Sharks
18 u19 N8 Celimpilo Gumede 4 of 6 DHS 13 of 18 Sharks
19 u20 N8 Francke Horn 4 of 5 HJS Paarl BH 1 of 7 WP
26 u20 SH Vusile Dlepu 1 of 1 SACS 2 of 7 WP
27 u20 SH Sylvester Hassien 1 of 2 Outeniqua 1 of 1 Leopards
28 u19 SH Jaden Hendrikse 4 of 4 Glenwood 14 of 18 Sharks
29 u20 SH Sanele Nohamba 5 of 6 DHS 15 of 18 Sharks
30 u20 FH David Coetzer 1 of 3 Selborne 3 of 7 WP
31 u20 FH Vaughen Isaacs 1 of 1 Marlow 5 of 9 Bulls
32 u20 CT James Mollentze 2 of 2 Outeniqua 2 of 2 Free State
33 u20 CT Jay Cee Nel 1 of 1 Oakdale 6 of 9 Bulls
34 u20 CT Rikus Pretorius 1 of 2 Grey College 4 of 7 WP
35 u20 CT Marnus Potgieter 3 of 3 Affies 7 of 9 Bulls
36 u19 CT Mnombo Zwelendaba 2 of 3 Selborne 5 of 7 WP
37 u20 B3 Thaakir Abrahams 5 of 5 HJS Paarl BH 16 of 18 Sharks
38 u20 B3 Caleb Dingaan 1 of 1 Weston 17 of 18 Sharks
39 u20 B3 Sabastian Jobb 1 of 1 Duineveld 8 of 9 Bulls
40 u20 B3 Qamani Kota 1 of 1 Welkom Gim 9 of 9 Bulls
41 u20 B3 David Kriel 2 of 2 Grey College 6 of 7 WP
42 u19 B3 Asanda Kunene 6 of 6 DHS 18 of 18 Sharks
43 u20 B3 Muzi Manyike 1 of 1 Jeppe 7 of 8 Lions
44 u20 B3 Prince Nkabinde 1 of 1 Hoogenhout 8 of 8 Lions
45 u19 B3 Sibabalwe Xamlashe 3 of 3 Selborne 7 of 7 WP
Training Camp 1 attendees
1 u20 PR Dian Bleuler Oakdale WP
2 u20 PR James Scott Grey HS Sharks
3 u20 LK Janko Swanepoel Stellenberg Bulls
4 u20 LK Deon van Niekerk Noord-Kaap Free State
5 u20 FL Orateng Koikanyang St Alban’s Bulls
6 u20 FL Mark Snyman Helpmekaar Lions
7 u20 FH Henry Chamberlain HJS Paarl BH Sharks
8 u20 FH Christopher Schreuder Grey College WP
9 u20 CT Henk Cilliers Grey College Sharks
10 u20 CT Murray Koster St Andrew’s Sharks
11 u20 WG Angelo Davids Stellenberg WP
12 u20 FB Conan Le Fleur Glenwood Sharks
Other SA Schools 2017 players
1 u19 PR Jordan Clarke Glenwood
2 u19 PR Banele Mthenjane Nelspruit
3 u19 HK Morne Brandon Monument
4 u20 HK Ruhann Greyling Grey College WP
5 u19 LK Adrian Alberts HJS Paarl BH
6 u20 LK Christen van Niekerk Monument Lions/Scotland
7 u20 FL Henco Martins Paarl Gim WP
8 u20 N8 Travis Gordon KES Lions
9 u20 CT Yanga Hlalu KES Lions
10 u19 CT Diego Appollis Garsfontein
11 u20 B3 Muller Du Plessis Paarl Gim Sharks/SA 7’s
12 u20 B3 Kennedy Mpeku KES Lions

26 Comments

  1. Dankie vir die lys. Hanro Jacobs is mos die seun wat hulle Bunny noem. Ek is amper seker hy is onder neentien vanjaar?
    (Editor corrected list after this comment made)
    Ek wonder of Mark Snyman se afwesigheid ander ouens ook dwars in die krop sal steek. Hy hoort mos in daai geselskap en nogals as ‘n leier ook. Dalk is daar ‘n rede daarvoor ons kan maar net hoop. En dan Boeta Chamberlain was tog sekerlik een van die heel beste loskakels gewees verlede jaar?

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  2. Die groep gaan soos verlede jaar se groep nerens kom nie, spelers wat virseker baie baie teleurgestel kan wees Alberts, Marais, LeFleur, Apollis,Aggencach, Muller Dup, Pheku..

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  3. @Smallies: Onthou hierdie was daai huil groep wat gewhitewash is die incoming toer in ’17.Ek het nou bietjie gaan loer na daai thread en kommentaar.Drie goed staan uit,Kwaga van Niekerk was loshande die speler van die week,@Mikest het daar genoem dat hulle hom 7 toe moet convert ala Pieter Stef,ek stem 100% saam.Mark Snyman het n verskil gemaak as hy op kom en was die real deal in oorblywende games.Agter het net Diego en Muller hond haar gemaak en heeltyd probeer.Intresant is Kwaggas weg met Mark,Muller en Diego wat nie in is nie,ek weet ook nie of die groep finaal is nie.Dalk weet Sean iets wat ons nie weet nie,hy sal egter eers gejudge word in September.Eending is verseker,indien hy Nie slaag nie sal hy gou agterkom SA is nie so vrygewig soos Boishaai nie.Ek wens hom alle sterkte toe.

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  4. Ek nou al geleer om my opinie vir myself te hou op die vlak. Sal maar sien wat op die veld gebeur. Het darem stats van die 2017 SAS span en 2018 o/19 jaar om my opinie te staaf.

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  5. My opinie: Hulle gaan n moerse pak kry. En nee ek is nie suurgat nie net realisties

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  6. @Hooit: Nee wat,eks nie hier on vriende te maak nie.Ek verstaan jy en @@Riempies: het “skin in die game” en is moeilik om te se wat op die hart is.

    Net terug na die slot conversation na flank toe.SA het nog nooit n tekort aan klassieke be 7’s gehad nie,nie eers in Springbok se maer jare nie.As ek vinnig dink,Gert Small,Johan Lampreght,Andre Venter,Bob Skinstad,Juan Smith en dan my favourite,Danie Rossow.

    Fourie wat in n tydperk gespeel het van Matfield, McCaw,Carter,ens het gese dis die eerste naam wat hy pen as hy sy beste span moet Kies.In sy eie woorde het hy nie saam of teen n beter speler gespeel as Danie nie.

    Ek dink Pieter-Stef is n revaluation op 7.Soos Danie kan die coach hom op albei pos gebruik.Ek dink spelers soos Eben Etzebeth,Mark Andrews,Krynow Otto en paar ander sou ook goeie 7’s gemaak het,imo is dit opsies en soos fyn goud om as n coach daai spelers in n span te he…..Nou lees tussen die lyne :lol:

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  7. Some very talented players in the group. If the correct combinations are selected the team could be in the running. Some of the past fails in this group can be attributed to too much focus on attacking and not enough attention to defensive skills. See some of the BIG names not making the cut. Pond is only so big at the end of the day.
    Really sad that Mark Snyman is not in the group. Believe he has the right combination of skills, attitude and leadership to go to the top. Let’s hope there is another route planned for him.
    Glad for Dameon Venter that is in the final group. Seems he is working hard and impressed the decision-makers.

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  8. @Grizzly: Jou Jean broekie is te styf :-D :-D

    chean roux rig die 020s af-nie sean erasmus nie

    dink egter ook daar is paar manne afwesig wat daar moes wees

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  9. Any particular reason why DHS’s name doesn’t appear next to its six boys on the list above? If i’m not mistaken, it makes them the highest represented school in this SA Academy squad.

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  10. @boerboel: Ek het verstaan hy vat by Klein Jurie oor wat Lions toe gaan,weet nie hoekom Nie.Sean by die Lions,nee wat,dan is daar geen hoop Nie.Die keuses maak darem nou meer sin@A4ie: Apologies…

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  11. @Grizzly: i am a bit confused by your statement over Sean Erasmus ex coach of Boishaai, I was under the impression he has gone to the Lions. If I am not mistaken Chean Roux is in charge of the junior Boks, unless this changed while I was away on a long holiday😀

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  12. Wat het geword van Henco Martins. 2017 se speler van die jaar by Cravenweek

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  13. @ForeverHorseFly: I was too lazy to correct after typing in Durban High School instead of DHS and as a result ending up with blanks :oops:

    To elaborate – the formula I use did not pick up the long name so defaulted to blank

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  14. @Dok F: Hy is by die Sewes-Akademie op Stellenbosch sover ek weet. Hy was verlede jaar vir enkele wedstryde vir WP O/19 op die plaasvervangersbank

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  15. @ForeverHorseFly: Six is a very impressive number, but I watched the St Alban’s 1st team of 2017 beat the DHS 1st team that contained said six players. Just shows that anything can happen in SBR.

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