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Varsity Cup Young Guns: Tuks leaving ‘niks’ to chance

25 January, 2013 beet 26

The University of Pretoria (Tukkies) are the defending Varsity Cup Young Guns champions. With this year’s tournament about to kick-off, they have put themselves the best possible position to retain the under-20 title by naming a star-studded 57-man group. …

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Varsity Cup Young Guns: Maties squad

24 January, 2013 beet 8

When it comes to rugby, the University of Stellenbosch (Maties) has a long and proud history. They have produced 172 Springboks and 15 Springbok captains. To this day, their students form the nucleus of the Stormers, the Western Province senior and under-21 teams as well as the Vodacom Cup team.…

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Tyler Fisher still on the bench for SA u20

23 January, 2013 beet 14

With first choice outside centre Justin Geduld’s withdrawal from the SA under-20 squad so that he can join the Blitzbokke for a Sevens trip to New Zealand, good money should have been on Westville old boy Tyler Fisher to slot into the starting line-up. It’s not the case. Coach Dawie Theron has opted to go with Sylvian Mahuza instead. …

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8 new junior stars join the Sharks family

14 January, 2013 beet 16

For eight standout 18-year-old rugby players a new chapter in their lives is about to begin. Every year the Sharks only contract between 8 and 12 players. These players are carefully picked based on two criteria, the players’ individual rugby ability and the future needs of the Union. Yes, the Sharks don’t necessarily go after the best players on the board, they actually try to work out where their future senior team positional needs will lie and plan succession on this basis. …

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Pros & Cons of the Sharks Academy

14 January, 2013 beet 12

The junior player development body of the Sharks is the Sharks Academy. The Academy has an outstanding track-record and has been held in high regard in South African rugby circles for many a year. However the advent and growing popularity of the Varsity Cup, allegations of the Shark Academy being operated primarily as a profit making entity and the highly publicised spending spree of main opponents the Blue Bulls has started to raise more and more questions about the viability of the Sharks Academy. …

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SA under-20 Baby Bok team named for varsity games

8 January, 2013 beet 71

Dawie Theron has reduced his SA under-20 squad to just 34 players ahead of three friendly matches against:

18-Jan-2013: University of Western Cape
23-Jan-2013: Maties (University of Stellenbosch)
26-Jan-2013: Ikey (University of Cape Town)…

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2013 Baby Boks will be in the JWC pool of death

10 November, 2012 beet 24

The pools for the Junior World Championships (JWC) has been announced. The same irritating format which sees teams divided into 3 pools, with only the winners of each pool and only the single best second placed pool team overall advancing to the semi-finals, stays in place.…

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SA u20 Trials squad named

4 November, 2012 beet 79

Dawie Theron has named a squad of 50 under-20 players to attend trials and a training camp in Stellenbosch from 9-12 November 2012. …

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More schoolboys added to Sharks u19 mix

6 September, 2012 beet 16

Hilton College’s Cameron Wright and Hugenote’s SA Schools lock Gideon Koegelenberg are the latest additions to the Sharks under-19 team. The two schoolboy debutants will feature alongside Glenwood’s Marne Coetzee in Saturday’s crucial away game against Free State.…