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Junior Springbok coach Chean Roux on Friday named a squad of 47 players invited to attend the team’s second training camp in Bloemfontein from Sunday, 26 March to Sunday, 9 April, with an eye on announcing his squad of 28 for the World Rugby U20 Championship next month.

A total of 33 players will assemble in the City of Roses on Sunday for the two-week camp, which will feature warm-up matches against the Down Touch Griffons, Tafel Lager Griquas and Toyota Free State Cheetahs on 31 March, 5 April and 8 April respectively.

The nine players participating in the final stages of FNB Varsity Cup presented by Steinhoff International will join the squad as their progress in the tournament permits, while the participation of the five players in contention for Vodacom Super Rugby selection will be determined by their Super Rugby responsibilities.

“This is a big group of players, but the tour to Bloemfontein will offer us an ideal opportunity to test our depth and to make sure we do not leave any stone unturned in trying to select the best possible squad for the World Rugby U20 Championship,” said Roux.“These players, however, are not the only ones we will be looking at, as there are a few nursing injuries while others are training with the Blitzboks’ team.

“That said, we will reduce the size of the squad as our tour to Bloemfontein progresses, with the idea of trying to identify the best possible squad to travel to Georgia in May.”

Roux said while the first training camp in Stellenbosch mainly focused on improving the players’ individual skills, this camp will zone in on skills and match preparation.

“We certainly achieved what we set out to in the first camp, where the focus was mainly on individual skills,” said Roux. “This camp will differ vastly in that we will play three warm-up games. This will offer us the chance to see the players display these skills in a match situation and how they react under pressure, while also allowing us to test possible player combinations.

“The scoreboard certainly won’t be important to us. This camp is all about the processes and testing our structures and systems as we go along.”

The SA Under-20s will face France, Georgia and Argentina in the pool stages of the World Rugby Under-20 Championship in Tbilisi, Georgia, on 31 May, 4 June and 8 June respectively.

Players invited to Junior Bok Bloemfontein camp (alphabetical order):

Player
Province
Position
Irvin Ali
Vodacom Blue Bulls
Wing
Juarno Augustus
DHL Western Province
Looseforward
Jaco Bezuidenhout
Vodacom Blue Bulls
Looseforward
Kwenzo Blose*
Toyota Free State Cheetahs
Prop
Curwin Bosch**
Cell C Sharks
Flyhalf/Fullback
PJ Botha
Xerox Golden Lions
Hooker
David Brits
DHL Western Province
Centre
Jean-Luc Cilliers
Xerox Golden Lions
Flyhalf
Hacjivah Dayimani
Xerox Golden Lions
Looseforward
Francois de Villiers
Cell C Sharks
Scrumhalves
Ruben de Villiers*
DHL Western Province
Lock
Johan Grobbelaar
Vodacom Blue Bulls
Hooker
Wikus Groenewald*
DHL Western Province
Prop
Daniel Jooste
DHL Western Province
Hooker
Leo Kruger
Xerox Golden Lions
Prop
Rewan Kruger
Toyota Free State Cheetahs
Scrumhalf
Manie Libbok*
Vodacom Blue Bulls
Flyhalf/Fullback
Gianni Lombard*
Xerox Golden Lions
Fullback
Len Massyn*
Xerox Golden Lions
Looseforward
Simphiwe Matanzima
Vodacom Blue Bulls
Prop
Lee-Marvin Mazibuko*
DHL Western Province
Prop
Khuta Mchunu
Cell C Sharks
Prop
Salmaan Moerat
DHL Western Province
Lock
Ilunga Mukendi
Cell C Sharks
Winger
Mashao Mukhari
Vodacom Blue Bulls
Prop
Mfundo Ndhlovu
Cell C Sharks
Winger
Reinhard Nothnagel*
Xerox Golden Lions
Lock
Embrose Papier*
Vodacom Blue Bulls
Scrumhalf
Yaw Penxe
EP Kings
Winger
Manuel Rass*
Xerox Golden Lions
Centre
Carlű Sadie
DHL Western Province
Prop
Wandisile Simelane*
Xerox Golden Lions
Centre/Wing
Cornel Smit
DHL Western Province
Centre
Hendre Stassen
Vodacom Blue Bulls
Lock
Gerhard Steenkamp
Vodacom Blue Bulls
Prop
Madosha Tambwe**
Xerox Golden Lions
Winger
Muller Uys
DHL Western Province
Flanker
Wayne van der Bank
Xerox Golden Lions
Centre
Marnus van der Merwe
Toyota Free State Cheetahs
Hooker
Ruben van Heerden
Vodacom Blue Bulls
Lock
Benhard Janse van Rensburg**
Cell C Sharks
Flyhalf
Boan Venter*
Toyota Free State Cheetahs
Prop
Cobus Wiese**
DHL Western Province
Lock
Damian Willemse**
DHL Western Province
Flyhalf
Jondre Williams
DHL Western Province
Scrumhalf
Courtney Winnaar
Cell C Sharks
Flyhalf/Fullback
Nama Xaba*
DHL Western Province
Flanker

*Denotes FNB Varsity Cup players
**Denotes Vodacom Super Rugby Players

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