Class of 2020 just can’t catch a break

I have to feel for rugby boys from the Class of 2020. After their matric year rugby season was cut hopelessly short by the onset of Covid, those who persevered and picked a career in rugby, have just had their hopes of featuring in the prestigious u20 Junior World Cup dashed.

World Rugby announced on Tuesday, 22/2/22, that the men’s World Rugby U20 Championship and World Rugby U20 Trophy would be organised in 2023 following three consecutive years without age-grade global tournaments.

World Rugby U20 Championship 2023 participating unions: Argentina, Australia, England, Fiji, France, Georgia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, South Africa, Wales.

Scotland, the rugby land with the most grandmothers and grandfathers,  has been related the u20 Trophy competition.

Some of the current crop of  u20 players who have experience of playing in the u20 provincial competition of 2021.

POS NAME UNION SCHOOL
LH Prop Heiko Pohlmann Lions Monument
LH Prop Prince Mulea Lions KES
LH Prop Braam Reyneke Sharks HJS Paarl BH
LH Prop Cebolenkosi Dlamini Bulls Maritzburg College
TH Prop Tielman Nieuwoudt Bulls Grey College
LH Prop Lamla Nunu WP Rondebosch
LH Prop Vernon Matongo WP Northwood
TH Prop Munashe Mhere Sharks St Stithians
TH Prop Sebastian Lombard Bulls HJS Paarl BH
TH Prop Corne Weilbach WP Paul Roos
Hooker Ricardo Fourie Lions Grey College
Hooker Jordan McLoughlin Sharks Selborne
Hooker Keagan Potgieter Bulls Affies
Hooker Reuben van der Nest Bulls Selborne
Hooker Tiaan Lange Bulls Menlopark
Hooker Keagan Blanckenberg WP Bishops
Hooker Lukhanyo Vokozela WP Rondebosch
Lock Justin Kalamer Lions Jeppe
Lock Henk Gouws Lions Glenwood
Lock Corne Rahl Sharks Oakdale
Lock Andrew Beyrooti Sharks St Charles
Lock Ruan Delport Bulls Garsfontein
Lock Marco de Witt Bulls Boland Landbou
Lock Hardus Rothman Bulls Ermelo
Lock Reinhardt Ludwig Bulls Affies
Lock Connor Evans WP Bishops
Loose-forward Ruan Venter Lions HJS Paarl BH
Loose-forward Sisonke Vumazonke Lions Grey College
Loose-forward Joshua van Vreden Lions Selborne
Loose-forward Jaques Marais Sharks Nelspruit
Loose-forward Damon Royle Sharks Grey HS
Loose-forward Siyambuka Ningiza Sharks Port Rex
Loose-forward Enos Ndiao Sharks SACS
Loose-forward Renzo du Plessis Sharks Ben Vorster
Loose-forward Rynard Mouton Bulls Monument
Loose-forward Eric Basson Bulls Paarl Gim
Loose-forward Willie Potgieter Bulls Affies
Loose-forward Cameron Hanekom Bulls Charlie Hofmeyr
Loose-forward Armand Maritz WP Paul Roos
Loose-forward Louw Nel WP Paarl Gim
Scrumhalf Nico Steyn Lions Glenwood
Scrumhalf Bradley Davids Sharks Paarl Gim
Scrumhalf Tiaan Fourie Bulls Grey College
Scrumhalf Rowan Cloete Bulls Garsfontein
Scrumhalf Johan Muller Bulls Affies
Flyhalf Sihlalo Benge Lions Queen’s
Flyhalf Warrick Day Sharks Selborne
Flyhalf Sacha Mngomezulu WP Bishops
Centre Liyema Matyolweni Lions Grey HS
Centre Josh Jonas Lions Hudson Park
Centre Brandon Wilkie Sharks Framesby
Centre Ethan Fisher Sharks KES
Centre Lloyd Koster Sharks St Andrew’s
Centre Mambo Mkhize Sharks Westville
Centre Carlton Banies Bulls Garsfontein
Centre Niel Beukes Bulls Menlopark
Centre Ethan James WP Paarl Gim
Centre Meyr Retief WP Stellenberg
Wing Siviwe Zondani Sharks Grey HS
Wing Curwin Gertse Sharks Paarl Gim
Wing Simelela Nkomo Sharks Westville
Wing Sonwabo Sokoyi Bulls Grey College
Wing Bayanda Ngubane Bulls Westville
Wing Ebenezer Tshimanga WP Wynberg
Wing Luke Burger WP Paul Roos
Wing Paschal Ekeji WP Witteberg
Fullback Setshaba Mokoena Lions Jeppe
Fullback Matthew Jacobs Sharks Paarl Gim
Fullback Katlego Thinyane Sharks Glenwood
Fullback Lathe Nqebe Sharks Grey HS
Fullback Duran Koevort WP SACS

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