Junior Springbok fullback Curwin Bosch has been nominated among five candidates for the World Rugby Under-20 Championship Player of the Tournament, World Rugby announced on Thursday.
He will go up against Ireland No 8 Max Deegan, Japanese wing Ataata Moeakiola, England flyhalf Harry Mallinder, and New Zealand wing Shaun Stevenson for the prestigious award.
Bosch, who was named Man-of-the-Match in the SA U20s’ final pool match against France, is the top points scorer in the international showpiece being hosted in in Manchester, England. He has already amassed 59 points in four matches for the Junior Springboks, from two tries, 14 conversions and seven penalty goals.
Springbok flyhalf Handre Pollard was the last South African player to win the award, in 2014, while Springbok centre Jan Serfontein walked away with the spoils in 2012, when the Junior Boks won the tournament on home ground. Continue reading
Edwill van der Merwe supported the Junior Springboks from the sidelines as a ball boy in the 2012 World Rugby Under-20 Championship in South Africa, which the team won, andfour years later he has established himself as one of the key players in the side.
Van der Merwe, who grew up in the small town of Kylemore outside of Stellenbosch, has scored two tries so far in the tournament in Manchester, England – one against England in the semi-final and the other against France in the team’s final pool match. He was also named in World Rugby’s dream team following the semi-final on Monday.
The 20 year-old, who is a first-year sports science student at Stellenbosch University, admits that going down to England in the semi-final was the lowest point in his rugby career. But despite this, he continues to value every moment of participating in the international showpiece.
“I was a ball boy during the 2012 tournament in South Africa and it was an amazing experience,” said Van der Merwe. Continue reading
A number of Springbok squad members spread the message of #LoveRugby on Wednesday morning in Port Elizabeth, where they are preparing for the deciding Test in the Castle Lager Incoming Series against Ireland on Saturday.
Junior Springbok coach Dawie Theron on Wednesday called up Leopards flyhalf Benhard Janse van Rensburg to the Junior Springbok squad as injury cover at the World Rugby Under-20 Championship, while captain Jeremy Ward has been cited for a dangerous tackle in the semi-final against England.
Janse van Rensburg will depart for Manchester on Wednesday and is set to join the team on Thursday after wing S’busiso Nkosi (thigh) and scrumhalf Embrose Papier (ankle) were forced to return to South Africa.
With sufficient cover at wing and scrumhalf ahead of the bronze playoff match against Argentina at the AJ Bell Stadium on Saturday, Theron opted to call up Janse van Rensburg.
Theron will name his team to face Argentina on Friday. Continue reading
The Cape Cobras, one of South Africa’s most decorated franchises since its inception and a powerhouse, will kick off their campaign for the coveted domestic triple-crown with a Sunfoil Series clash against the bizhub Highveld Lions from 6th October at the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium.
The Cobras squad has been strengthened by the return to form by a rejuvenated Wayne Parnell. Six of their stalwarts will be on tour with South Africa A, which gives the Cape Champions ample opportunity to bolster their self-confidence ahead of a packed domestic 2016/2017-season.
The Cobras have also signed two of the most talented young South African cricketers, Zubayr Hamza and Jason Smith, for their professional squad.
Hamza slammed 833 runs in the Sunfoil Three-Day Cup in 2015/2016, while Smith celebrated his first appearance for the Cape Cobras in a Momentum One Day Cup-match with a composed half-century. Continue reading
Cell C Sharks prop Coenie Oosthuizen will join the Springboks on Wednesday in Port Elizabeth as an extra front row cover following the withdrawal of Trevor Nyakane, who is struggling with an ankle injury.
The experienced Oosthuizen was called up to the Bok camp to cover the loosehead and tighthead positions.
Nyakane hurt his ankle last Saturday in the Boks’ win over Ireland in the second Castle Lager Incoming Series Test played in Johannesburg.
The 27-year-old Oosthuizen has earned 23 Springboks caps to date and recently played for the SA ‘A’ side in their two-match series against the England Saxons.
The Springboks have a training free day on Wednesday, apart from variety of #LoveRugby activations in the morning. The Bok team to face Ireland in the deciding third Test this Saturday at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, will be named on Thursday.
Springbok prop Trevor Nyakane was on Tuesday withdrawn from the squad for this Saturday’s third Test against Ireland because of injury.
The prop suffered an ankle injury against Ireland in the second Test between the sides last Saturday in Johannesburg. Nyakane was sent for x-rays on Monday, which showed no fracture except for some swelling.
However, further assessment on Tuesday morning revealed that Nyakane will not be ready to be considered for Saturday’s final Test. A substitution to serve as extra cover for both the loosehead and tighthead positions, will be named in due course.
Nyakane joins No 8 Duane Vermeulen (elbow) and Lood de Jager (calf) on the injured list. All three players have left the Springbok camp.
The Bok management has confirmed that three players, Scarra Ntubeni (DHL Stormers), Nic Groom (DHL Stormers) and Garth April (Cell C Sharks), will return to their franchises on Tuesday afternoon.
The Springboks continued their preparations on Tuesday morning with an extended training session at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.
South Africa and Ireland meet on Saturday at 17h00 in the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in the deciding third Castle Lager Incoming Series Test.
The nine different DHL Western Province teams for the upcoming national Youth Weeks have been named.
The squads range from the Under-18 Coca-Cola Craven Week and Coca-Cola Academy Week teams that will compete at Kearsney College in KwaZulu-Natal, through to the U16 Coca-Cola Grant Khomo Week and U13 Coca-Cola Craven Week sides which will play on home soil at Paarl Gimnasium, as well as the teams for the U18 LSEN Craven Week, the National Girls Under-18 Week in Kimberley and the National Girls Under-16 Week in Welkom.
Salmaan Moerat from Paarl Boys High will captain the DHL Western Province Craven Week team, and is one of four players along with Khanya Ncusane, Manuel Rass and Damian Willemse who were part of the all-conquering 2015 team.
The DHL Western Province Craven Week side will be coached by Elmo Wolfaardt from Paarl Boys High, whilst the Academy Week side will be captained by Heinrich Brendel from Boland Landbou and coached by Clinton van Rensburg from Rondebosch Boys High.
The U18 Coca-Cola Craven Week Academy Week, U16 Coca-Cola Grant Khomo Week and U13 Coca-Cola Craven Week squads will attend a capping ceremony at DHL Newlands on Tuesday, June 21, whilst the capping ceremony for the U18 LSEN, U13 XV, U16 XV, U18 Girls and U16 Girls teams will be held on Wednesday, June 22. Continue reading