SA Schools u18 Trial Group 2012 (50 players)

Maritzburg College’s Jesse Kriel, one of the star players of Craven Week 2012 along with the Kearsney College trio of Sandile Kubeka and the du Preez twins Daniel and Jean-Luc have all cracked the nod to be included in the SA Schools 50-player squad. 

Following their big win in the final, Bulls players dominate the squad with 14 players. The wealth of talent in the Western Cape region resulted in no fewer than 15 players being chosen. The Golden Lions did well with six from their Union being called up.

As indicated beforehand, selectors looked at players outside the Craven Week as well. As a result SACS’s Leighton van Wyk and St Albans’ former Selborne lock Abongile Nonkontwana from the Academy Week are in the mix.

For a change Grey College from Bloemfontein only has one representative in the squad. Over the past few seasons the Grey College dominated Free State team were regular Craven Week finalists and had a number of their players selected for the SA Schools team. This year’s hopefuls EW Vijoen and Pieter Jordaan (SA Schools 2011) can perhaps consider themselves unfortunate not to have made the large squad.

Of the players that can count themselves unlucky not to have been included based on their performances, none stand out more than Bulls fullback Jaco Hayward who showed a wonderful range of attacking skills in his three games.

The SA Schools trial match will take place on 28 July 2012, with a squad of 28 set to be named afterwards to take on Wales, France and England next month.

The South African trial group is:

# Position Name Surname Union School
1 Flyhalf Ryno Eksteen Blue Bulls Affies
2 Lock Nicolaas Janse van Rensburg Blue Bulls Affies
3 Wing Marcus Kleinbooi Blue Bulls Affies
4 Centre Jurie Linde Blue Bulls Affies
5 Prop Pierre Schoeman Blue Bulls Affies
6 Flank Heinrich Viljoen Blue Bulls Affies
7 Flank Thabo Mabuza Blue Bulls Centurion
8 Prop Dayan van der Westhuizen Blue Bulls Centurion
9 Lock Hyon Andrews Blue Bulls Garsfontein
10 Prop Johan Bannink Blue Bulls Garsfontein
11 Wing Cashwell Khoza Blue Bulls Southdowns
29 Lock Abongile Nonkontwana Blue Bulls St Albans
12 Centre Rohan Janse van Rensburg Blue Bulls Waterkloof
13 Scrumhalf Justin Phillips Blue Bulls Waterkloof
14 Prop Wilco Louw Boland Drostdy
15 Lock Gideon Koegelenberg Boland Hugenote
16 Hooker Francois Esterhuyzen Boland Overberg
17 Centre Courtney Cupido Boland Worcester Gim
18 Scrumhalf Akhona Sihunu Border Dale
19 No.8 Aidon Davis Eastern Province Daniel Pienaar
20 Wing Sergeal Petersen Eastern Province Grey PE
21 Wing Selwyn Davids Eastern Province Nico Malan
22 No.8 Edward Schmidt Free State Grey College
23 Prop Ox Nche Free State Louis Botha
24 Centre Koch Marx Golden Lions Alberton
25 Hooker Malcolm Marx Golden Lions KES
26 Prop Dylan Smith Golden Lions KES
27 Flank Chris Massyn Golden Lions Monnas
28 Flyhalf Jaco van der Walt Golden Lions Monnas
36 Lock Stephan Vermeulen Golden Lions Monnas
30 Hooker Reinhardt Snyman Griffons Hentie Cilliers
31 Lock Daniël du Preez KwaZulu-Natal Kearsney
32 Flank Jean-Luc du Preez KwaZulu-Natal Kearsney
33 Centre Sandile Kubeka KwaZulu-Natal Kearsney
34 Fullback Jesse Kriel KwaZulu-Natal Maritzburg College
35 Wing Matjikinyane Molapo Limpopo Bulls Ben Vorster
37 No.8 Jano Venter Pumas HTS Middelberg
38 Fullback Ganfried May South Western Districts Oudtshoorn
39 Centre Warrick Galant South Western Districts Outeniqua
40 Wing Duhan van der Merwe South Western Districts Outeniqua
41 Scrumhalf Johan Labuschagné Valke EG Jansen
42 Scrumhalf Christiaan Meyer Valke EG Jansen
43 Prop Wesley Adonis Western Province Paarl Boys High
44 Prop Liam Hendricks Western Province Paarl Boys High
45 Flyhalf Handré Pollard Western Province Paarl Gim
46 Lock JD Schickerling Western Province Paarl Gim
47 Flank Ramone Samuels Western Province Paul Roos
48 Hooker Chad Solomon Western Province Paul Roos
49 Fullback Jason Worral Western Province Paul Roos
50 Centre Leighton van Wyk Western Province SACS

17 Comments

  1. Well done to the 4 boys, hard luck to the others, especially Moon, Moberly, Wright and Marwana.

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  2. Players that made the Players to Watch list that didn’t make the final squad
    Paul Jordaan and Bart Le Roux must be 2 of the bigger surprises.

    Props:
    Bart le Roux (Framesby, SA Academy 2011)
    Frans van Wyk (Monnas, Lions)

    Hookers:
    Vean Roodt (Centurion, Bulls)
    François Steyn (Affies, Bulls)

    Locks:
    Sebastian Ferreira (Boishaai,WP)
    Gilbert Chalmers (Noord-Kaap, GW)
    Janse van Rensburg (Affies, Bulls)

    Flanks:
    Tinus Vermeulen (Outeniqua,SWD)
    Jacques Vermeulen (Boishaai, WP)

    No.8s
    Rikus Bothma (Gimmies, WP)

    Scrumhalves:
    Remu Malan (Outeniqua, SWD)
    Zane le Roux (Noord-Kaap, GW)

    Flyhalves:
    Ernst (Theo) Stapelberg (Framesby, EP)

    Centres:
    P Jordaan (Grey Bloem, FS, SA Schools 2011)

    Wings:
    Dalen Goliath (Paul Roos, WP)

    Fullbacks:
    Jaco Hayward (Centurion, Bulls)
    EW Viljoen (Grey Bloem, FS)

    Squad Breakdown
    Blue Bulls got 13 into the squad
    Western Province – 8
    Golden Lions – 6
    KZN – 4
    Boland – 4
    Eastern Province – 3
    SWD – 3
    Valke – 2
    Free State – 2
    Limpopo Blue Bulls – 2
    Border – 1
    Griffons – 1
    Pumas – 1

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  3. @ Beet. I remembered you saying something about conversion rate of our boys into the KZN Craven week team, but this is very good news for their inclusion in the HP 44.

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  4. @TheGoose Janse van Rensburg is in the squad,both Pieter Jordaan and Jaco Hayward should’ve made it though

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  5. @TheGoose: There was a mistake. Nicolaas Janse van Rensburg, the lock from Affies did make it. Intial reports had him listed as an Limpopo player

    I like your list and would like to add the name of Steven Meiring who I thought was outstanding for the Blue Bulls. But certainly Jaco Hayward can probably count himself as the unluckiest player of the lot.

    Of the KZN players, I thought that Cameron Wright stood a chance at the start of the week. There are a lot of good qualities about his game. Likewise Zee Mkhabela is a player capable of catching the eye. As an SA Academy player of 2011, there were hopes that he’d have an outside shot as well.

    Only 1 Grey Bloem Boy. That must be a record for this millenium.

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  6. @Ludz: Pieter Jordaan seems to have gone backwards a bit this season. He started out as a gr.10 backup for Johan Goosen a couple of years back. Then got a late call up to play for SA Schools against France last year. This was his year to shine. I guess playing out of position didn’t help his cause.
    There seem to be confidence problems and other issues at Grey College. A player like Arie Vosloo, the scrumhalf should be a starter and would have been an SA Schools squad candidate.

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  7. Pieter jordaan. Has definitely gone backwards this year,so unfortunate as he’s really good!
    Word is that he’s going to Western Province

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  8. By position

    # Position Name Surname Union School
    5 Prop Pierre Schoeman Blue Bulls Affies
    8 Prop Dayan van der Westhuizen Blue Bulls Centurion
    10 Prop Johan Bannink Blue Bulls Garsfontein
    14 Prop Wilco Louw Boland Drostdy
    23 Prop Ox Nche Free State Louis Botha
    26 Prop Dylan Smith Golden Lions KES
    43 Prop Wesley Adonis Western Province Paarl Boys High
    44 Prop Liam Hendricks Western Province Paarl Boys High
    16 Hooker Francois Esterhuyzen Boland Overberg
    25 Hooker Malcolm Marx Golden Lions KES
    30 Hooker Reinhardt Snyman Griffons Hentie Cilliers
    48 Hooker Chad Solomon Western Province Paul Roos
    2 Lock Nicolaas Janse van Rensburg Blue Bulls Affies
    9 Lock Hyon Andrews Blue Bulls Garsfontein
    15 Lock Gideon Koegelenberg Boland Hugenote
    29 Lock Abongile Nonkontwana Blue Bulls St Albans
    31 Lock Daniël du Preez KwaZulu-Natal Kearsney
    36 Lock Stephan Vermeulen Golden Lions Monnas
    46 Lock JD Schickerling Western Province Paarl Gim
    6 Flank Heinrich Viljoen Blue Bulls Affies
    7 Flank Thabo Mabuza Blue Bulls Centurion
    27 Flank Chris Massyn Golden Lions Monnas
    32 Flank Jean-Luc du Preez KwaZulu-Natal Kearsney
    47 Flank Ramone Samuels Western Province Paul Roos
    19 No.8 Aidon Davis Eastern Province Grey PE
    22 No.8 Edward Schmidt Free State Grey College
    37 No.8 Jano Venter Pumas HTS Middelberg
    13 Scrumhalf Justin Phillips Blue Bulls Waterkloof
    18 Scrumhalf Akhona Sihunu Border Dale
    41 Scrumhalf Johan Labuschagné Valke EG Jansen
    42 Scrumhalf Christiaan Meyer Valke EG Jansen
    1 Flyhalf Ryno Eksteen Blue Bulls Affies
    28 Flyhalf Jaco van der Walt Golden Lions Monnas
    45 Flyhalf Handré Pollard Western Province Paarl Gim
    4 Centre Jurie Linde Blue Bulls Affies
    12 Centre Rohan Janse van Rensburg Blue Bulls Waterkloof
    17 Centre Courtney Cupido Boland Worcester Gim
    24 Centre Koch Marx Golden Lions Alberton
    33 Centre Sandile Khubeka KwaZulu-Natal Kearsney
    39 Centre Warrick Galant South Western Districts Outeniqua
    50 Centre Leighton van Wyk Western Province SACS
    3 Wing Marcus Kleinbooi Blue Bulls Affies
    11 Wing Cashwell Khoza Blue Bulls Southdowns
    20 Wing Sergeal Petersen Eastern Province Grey PE
    21 Wing Selwyn Davids Eastern Province Nico Malan
    35 Wing Matjikinyane Molapo Limpopo Bulls Ben Vorster
    40 Wing Duhan van der Merwe South Western Districts Outeniqua
    34 Fullback Jesse Kriel KwaZulu-Natal Maritzburg College
    38 Fullback Ganfried May South Western Districts Oudtshoorn
    49 Fullback Jason Worral Western Province Paul Roos

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  9. @The Goose I believe Dawie Theron,Pieter Jooste,Paul Treu,not sure about Ian McIntosh,but he was on the Grant Khomo selection panel last year

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  10. And as a bye the way, just dropped our lift club off at College for the 3rd term. Interesting talk in the corridors about where players might be contracted next year. It seems that not everything is signed and sealed. Nothing concrete but it might be an interesting 2 months. I hope so – need something to sustain us for the rest of the year.

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  11. @Gungets Tuft: Well the Bulls scouts confirmed on twitter that they have signed their first twins namely the Kriels and Reegan Smith so I presume that’s a done deal and you’re referring to the College gr.11s now.

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  12. Well done to the 4 boys who made SA squad. Apparently there is the possibility of a few extra guys being added to this squad? Dont have to be from Craven Week. Stander etc

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  13. who was not selected that we will see in the next year or two , over those selected here , interesting

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