Jan Serfontein in Photo for Rugby15 by Denese Lups
The South African Rugby Union (SARU) on Saturday announced the players selected to the SA Schools and SA Academy Teams for 2011. These squads will compete in two international friendlies against a France Invitational squad in August.
Golden Lions U18 captain Ruan Steenkamp will captain the SA Schools team which includes nine players that competed in the final match of the Coca-Cola Under-18 Craven Week at GWK Park in Kimberley.
The SA Schools Team will be coached by the Pumas U18 coach Poerie van Rooyen while Eastern Province Kenneth Joseph was named as the Assistant coach. Gert Tsotetsi (Valke) was named as the Team Manager of the SA Schools side for 2011.
The SA Academy team will take on the French Invitational XV in a curtain raiser to the Castle Tri-Nations match between the Springboks and Australia in Durban on the 13 August 2011. The SA Schools team will play the second international friendly against the French in Port Elizabeth in the curtain raiser match in preparation of the Springbok’s clash against the All Blacks at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on the 20 August 2011.
Golden Lions flanker Willie Newman will captain the SA Academy team which includes the talented Western Province centre paring of Edwin Sass and John Kotze. The Eastern Province and Golden Lions U18 Academy teams makes up the bulk of the 22-man squad while the successful WP Under-18 Academy team boasts four players in the squad.
The SA Academy Team will be coached by the Blue Bulls U18 Academy coach Bart Schoeman while Griquas’ Joseph Jafta named as the Assistant coach. Dean Moodley (KwaZulu Natal) was named as the Team Manager of the SA Academy side for 2011.
The Free State U18s claimed the top honours at the 2011 Coca-Cola Under-18 Craven Week following their 28-17 victory against the Golden Lions U18s in the last match played at GWK Park in Kimberley. The Griffons U18s, together with the Bloemfontein team, were the only two undefeated teams of the tournament. The team from Welkom secured a 34-28 victory over the Valke in a fixture played on the B Field at GWK Park.
The Pumas consigned DHL Western Province to their second defeat of the Coca-Cola Under-18 Craven Week following their 39-34 victory over the Cape team, while the KwaZulu Natal failed to stop the challenge of the Blue Bulls who went on to claim a 29-8 win in the penultimate match of the day.
SA Schools Team for 2011:
Dries Swanepoel (v/c)
Jaco van der Walt
South Western Districts
Eugene Le Maitre
Jacques du Plessis
Morne du Plessis
Philip du Preez
Ruan Steenkamp (captain)
Head Coach: Poerie van Rooyen (Pumas)
Assistant coach: Kenneth Joseph (Eastern Province)
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