List of 2019 schoolboy players already being tracked by SARU

SARU’s EPD camp of 2018, which was held during the third term holidays, provides a useful preseason list of players to keep an eye on in 2019.

This list definitely does not contain the names of all the players who impress this season. Boys will come through and prove that they are as good if not better than those who were earmarked for special mentoring by SARU in 2018. This is a norm in age-group rugby and it is not limited to the school level either.

Skills, discipline and mental toughness are key to success in rugby but physical ability tends to play a disproportionately large role in age-group rugby. Those who know school rugby well or have followed their own kid’s progress up the age-groups will have seen a trend of youngsters peaking in performance at different ages which is very often connected to their size and strength. As kids grow up, these physical advantages tend to count for less and less and by the time they get to u21 the leveling-out process is completed and it’s only a handful of nature’s freaks who still possess the raw power to continue dominating the big collisions in a visible manner.

It basically means the wider the net is spread and the longer it can be kept out before committing to who should be labelled and afforded the opportunities of an “elite”, the more certain that call is likely to be. For example there is a lot more certainty about an u20 player’s chances of making it as a senior pro than there are of a standout u18 player and likewise the probability of identifying a good school 1st XV prospect is much greater when assessing u16s that it would be for performing a similar exercise on outstanding u13 players. The cycle of change can be as short as 3-months.

 

# POS NAME A/G SCHOOL UNION
1 PR Simnikiwe Gege u18 1 of 1 Dale 1 of 6 Border
2 PR Blaine Golden u18 1 of 4 Glenwood 1 of 12 KZN
3 PR Ntokozo Hlope u18 1 of 1 Springs 1 of 2 Valke
4 PR Bame Malesu u18 1 of 3 St Andrew’s 1 of 5 EP
5 PR Basie Malesu u18 2 of 3 St Andrew’s 2 of 5 EP
6 PR Nolan Pienaar u18 1 of 6 Menlopark 1 of 15 Bulls
7 PR Robert Rodgers u18 1 of 10 Paul Roos 1 of 30 WP
8 PR Sibusiso Shongwe u18 1 of 3 Jeppe 1 of 16 Lions
9 PR Jan-Hendrik Wessels u18 1 of 10 Grey College 1 of 11 Free State
10 PR Johann Jordens u17 1 of 4 Outeniqua 1 of 7 SWD
11 PR Sebastian Lombard u17 1 of 8 HJS Paarl BH 2 of 30 WP
12 PR Vernon Matongo u17 1 of 1 Northwood 2 of 12 KZN
13 PR Munashe Mhere u17 1 of 4 St Stithians 2 of 16 Lions
14 PR Tielman Nieuwoudt u17 2 of 10 Grey College 2 of 11 Free State
15 PR Sipho Nzoto u17 1 of 1 Middelburg 1 of 2 Pumas
16 PR Heiko Pohlman u17 1 of 5 Monument 3 of 16 Lions
17 PR Friedrich Weilbach u17 2 of 10 Paul Roos 3 of 30 WP
18 HK Enrique Coutriers u18 2 of 6 Menlopark 2 of 15 Bulls
19 HK Wynand du Plessis u18 1 of 4 Drostdy 1 of 8 Boland
20 HK Jacques Goosen u18 1 of 4 Selborne 2 of 6 Border
21 HK Allister Williams u18 2 of 8 HJS Paarl BH 4 of 30 WP
22 HK Francois Breytenbach u17 2 of 4 Outeniqua 2 of 7 SWD
23 HK Ricardo Fourie u17 3 of 10 Grey College 3 of 11 Free State
24 HK Tiaan Lange u17 3 of 6 Menlopark 3 of 15 Bulls
25 HK Lukanyo Vokozela u17 1 of 1 Western Cape SS 5 of 30 WP
26 LK Ockie Barnard u18 1 of 2 Westville 3 of 12 KZN
27 LK Tiaan de Klerk u18 2 of 5 Monument 4 of 16 Lions
28 LK Dylan De Leeuw u18 3 of 10 Paul Roos 6 of 30 WP
29 LK Wandile Hlope u18 1 of 2 Maritzburg College 4 of 12 KZN
30 LK Jacques Maingard u18 3 of 8 HJS Paarl BH 7 of 30 WP
31 LK Simon Miller u18 1 of 1 St Alban’s 4 of 15 Bulls
32 LK Jarod Cairns u18 4 of 10 Paul Roos 8 of 30 WP
33 LK Henk Gouws u17 2 of 4 Glenwood 5 of 12 KZN
34 LK Nyasha Gumbo u17 2 of 4 St Stithians 5 of 16 Lions
35 LK Roald Hattingh u17 4 of 6 Menlopark 5 of 15 Bulls
36 LK Reinhardt Ludwig u17 1 of 3 Affies 6 of 15 Bulls
37 LK JW Mare u17 1 of 1 HTS Middelburg 2 of 2 Pumas
38 LK Cornelus Rahl u17 1 of 3 Oakdale 3 of 7 SWD
39 LK Tarek Smith u17 1 of 1 Hermanus 2 of 8 Boland
40 LK Andreas Wild u17 5 of 10 Paul Roos 9 of 30 WP
41 LF George Cronje u18 4 of 10 Grey College 4 of 11 Free State
42 LF Izan Esterhuizen u18 3 of 5 Monument 6 of 16 Lions
43 LF Deon le Roux u18 5 of 10 Grey College 5 of 11 Free State
44 LF Chulumanco Mfakadolo u18 1 of 1 Northwood 6 of 12 KZN
45 LF Keketso Morabe u18 1 of 1 Welkom Gim 1 of 1 Griffons
46 LF Daniel Nel u18 4 of 8 HJS Paarl BH 10 of 30 WP
47 LF George Oosthuizen u18 2 of 3 Affies 7 of 15 Bulls
48 LF Vernon Paulo u18 2 of 3 Oakdale 4 of 7 SWD
49 LF Pierich Siebert u18 1 of 6 Paarl Gim 11 of 30 WP
50 LF Jarrod Taylor u18 2 of 4 Selborne 3 of 6 Border
51 LF Brogan Tedder u18 2 of 2 Maritzburg College 7 of 12 KZN
52 LF Gideon van Wyk u18 5 of 8 HJS Paarl BH 12 of 30 WP
53 LF Connor de Bruyn u17 1 of 1 Kearsney 8 of 12 KZN
54 LF Renzo du Plessis u17 1 of 1 Ben Vorster 1 of 1 Limpopo
55 LF Maynard Gouws u17 3 of 4 Outeniqua 5 of 7 SWD
56 LF Werner Groenewald u17 1 of 1 EG Jansen 2 of 2 Valke
57 LF Armand Maritz u17 6 of 10 Paul Roos 13 of 30 WP
58 LF Busang Mmile u17 3 of 3 St Andrew’s 3 of 5 EP
59 LF Rynard Mouton u17 4 of 5 Monument 7 of 16 Lions
60 LF Enos Ndiad u17 1 of 2 SACS 14 of 30 WP
61 LF Willie Potgieter u17 3 of 3 Affies 8 of 15 Bulls
62 LF Linden Roman u17 1 of 1 Swartland 3 of 8 Boland
63 LF Hardus Rothman u17 1 of 4 Garsfontein 9 of 15 Bulls
64 LF Sisonke Vumazonke u17 6 of 10 Grey College 6 of 11 Free State
65 SH Bobby Alexander u18 2 of 6 Paarl Gim 15 of 30 WP
66 SH Jurich Claasens u18 2 of 4 Garsfontein 10 of 15 Bulls
67 SH Kabelo Mokhethi u18 2 of 3 Jeppe 8 of 16 Lions
68 SH Rowan Cloete u17 3 of 4 Garsfontein 11 of 15 Bulls
69 SH Bradley Davids u17 3 of 6 Paarl Gim 16 of 30 WP
70 SH Juan Olivier u17 7 of 10 Grey College 7 of 11 Free State
71 SH Nico Steyn u17 3 of 4 Glenwood 9 of 12 KZN
72 FH Tiaan Botes u18 1 of 3 Helpmekaar 9 of 16 Lions
73 FH Isrome Phatudi u18 1 of 1 Klerksdorp 1 of 1 Leopards
74 FH Declan Raubenheimer u18 3 of 3 Jeppe 10 of 16 Lions
75 FH Kade Wolhuter u18 7 of 10 Paul Roos 17 of 30 WP
76 FH Sihlalo Benge u17 1 of 1 Queen’s HS 11 of 16 Lions
77 FH Chad Josias u17 4 of 4 Outeniqua 6 of 7 SWD
78 FH Franco Knoetze u17 8 of 10 Grey College 8 of 11 Free State
79 FH Sebastine Watney u17 2 of 3 Helpmekaar 12 of 16 Lions
80 CT Tyler Bock u18 6 of 8 HJS Paarl BH 18 of 30 WP
81 CT AJ Johnson u18 4 of 4 Garsfontein 12 of 15 Bulls
82 CT Ruben Labuschagne u18 8 of 10 Paul Roos 19 of 30 WP
83 CT Luca Liebenberg u18 1 of 1 Bishops 20 of 30 WP
84 CT Mntungwa Mapantsela u18 3 of 4 Selborne 4 of 6 Border
85 CT Dylan-Cole Setera u18 1 of 1 Worcester Gim 4 of 8 Boland
86 CT Henco van Wyk u18 5 of 5 Monument 13 of 16 Lions
87 CT Marthino van Wyk u18 4 of 4 Glenwood 10 of 12 KZN
88 CT Lincoln Adams u17 5 of 6 Menlopark 13 of 15 Bulls
89 CT Carlton Banies u17 1 of 1 De Villiers Graaff 5 of 8 Boland
90 CT Curwin Gertse u17 4 of 6 Paarl Gim 21 of 30 WP
91 CT Larkquin Goliath u17 1 of 2 Grey HS 4 of 5 EP
92 CT Ethan James u17 5 of 6 Paarl Gim 22 of 30 WP
93 CT Josh Jonas u17 1 of 1 Hudson Park 5 of 6 Border
94 CT Mbasa Nkonki u17 2 of 2 Westville 11 of 12 KZN
95 CT Melbirt van der Spuy u17 3 of 3 Helpmekaar 14 of 16 Lions
96 CT Rolen Visagie u17 1 of 1 Oos-Moot 14 of 15 Bulls
97 B3 Nsuku Baloyi u18 6 of 6 Menlopark 15 of 15 Bulls
98 B3 Munashe Chaitezwi u18 3 of 4 St Stithians 15 of 16 Lions
99 B3 Leetairo Claasen u18 2 of 4 Drostdy 6 of 8 Boland
100 B3 Xavier Farmer u18 7 of 8 HJS Paarl BH 23 of 30 WP
101 B3 Keane Galant u18 3 of 4 Drostdy 7 of 8 Boland
102 B3 Roann Jansen u18 4 of 4 Drostdy 8 of 8 Boland
103 B3 Zongamele Ngxiya u18 1 of 1 Louis Botha 9 of 11 Free State
104 B3 Angelo Osch u18 8 of 8 HJS Paarl BH 24 of 30 WP
105 B3 Christiaan Pretorius u18 9 of 10 Paul Roos 25 of 30 WP
106 B3 Tiaan Swanepoel u18 6 of 6 Paarl Gim 26 of 30 WP
107 B3 Luke Burger u17 10 of 10 Paul Roos 27 of 30 WP
108 B3 Paschal Ekeji u17 9 of 10 Grey College 10 of 11 Free State
109 B3 Nkhensani Flepu u17 4 of 4 Selborne 6 of 6 Border
110 B3 Duran Koevort u17 2 of 2 SACS 28 of 30 WP
111 B3 Thabani Maguranyanga u17 4 of 4 St Stithians 16 of 16 Lions
112 B3 Latica Nela u17 1 of 1 Hilton 12 of 12 KZN
113 B3 Tinotenda Signe u17 3 of 3 Oakdale 7 of 7 SWD
114 B3 Sonwabo Sokoyi u17 10 of 10 Grey College 11 of 11 Free State
115 B3 Ebenezer Tshimanga u17 1 of 1 Wynberg 29 of 30 WP
116 B3 Keanen Wentzel u17 1 of 1 Boland Landbou 30 of 30 WP
117 B3 Siviwe Zondani u17 2 of 2 Grey HS 5 of 5 EP

44 Comments

  1. Beet, Josh Jonas is a Hudson Park boy – Border. On the list it says Boland, unless he has left Hudson Park :-| .

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  2. @Andre T: Dag se Mnr T. As I’ve stated before, I don’t have any problems with recruiting, whether it be in gr7 or gr 10, as a kid should be able to go where he chooses. That said, many, many other people have major issues with recruiting…so I find it interesting that the same schools get pummeled every year (Garsies, Glenwood, etc), but Monnas escapes unscathed? Wat seg jy daaroor?

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  3. @Vleis: I think there is too much respect for the West Rand
    Or perhaps it’s because Monnas has the Aspoestertjie of rugby tag

    Personally I think the Woesrand is way overrated

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  4. @Vleis: @Andre T: @Vleis: I guess it boils down to which school is recruited from and how that school and/or its support base responds to losing a top sportsman.

    Monnas are obviously smart in this regard and know how to not make waves.

    There was an issue of a player moving from Menlo to Glenwood to Monnas last year which Glenwood weren’t happy about because they felt they were being used as a loophole in the agreement pit-stop. However even then the hostilities were not directed at Monnas. Glenwood affiliates pointed them at the person they believed to be the architect of the transfers.

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  5. @beet: We tried to warn Menlo about the clever practice to move bursary players from Menlo to Monnas and alsoTie swapping…..

    But for what I understand the Monnas Tie won the day 💪🏻

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  6. @Vleis: Hi Vleis, as observed on the blog over the years and in other media, it’s seems that the schools that defend their actions loudly take the most flack. Hilton have kept quiet and mostly not defended their actions, either as a school nor their individual supporters. They just keep quiet and get on with their strategy, and mostly it is forgotten, good strategy to my mind. Monnas seem to do the same.

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  7. @Buddy: Thx….Looking forward to our encounter with the Geen Machine this year! Good luck!

    Maybe we can swop n tie that day!

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  8. @McCulleys Workshop: Howzit McCulleys. Yes, I think that you are spot on. Interesting that HJS has defended its actions via a press release. Perhaps the strong reactions of SACS and Wynberg forced HJS’s hand?

    I had dinner last week with a chap who’s been involved with Hilton’s sport strategy in the past and he’s very cross that Hilton is not playing Glenwood.

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  9. @Vleis: Particularly when it seems HC can compete at A team level, it’s a missed opportunity. Not quite sure of the reason for the ongoing empass.

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  10. @Buddy: Hey Buddy, with all your mountains of knowledge, is “Chameleonism” a real word?, …or does “birds of feather” apply?

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