SARU confirm SA Sevens Under-17 training group

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EW Viljoen of Grey College. Photo by Morgan Piek /Rugby15.

The South African Rugby Union (SARU) has named 20 players to attend the second SA Sevens Under-17 training camp in preparation for the team’s participation at the Australian Youth Olympics in January in Sydney.

The initial squad of 32 players was trimmed down to 20 players and these youngsters will assemble at the Stellenbosch Academy of Sports (SAS) on Friday evening for a three-day training camp. The first get together was from 10 to 13 October, also as SAS.

Included amongst the 20 names are three players who are invited for the first time and who will undergo medical and fitness training, in addition to joining the rest of the group for field sessions. They are Jigsy Molapo (Limpopo Blue Bulls), TJ Goddard (DHL Western Province) and Brendan Pelsar (MTN Golden Lions).

Following this training camp, a final squad of 12 players will be selected to play as the SA Sevens Under-18 team in the Australian Youth Olympics. The selectors will also name two non-travelling reserves to be on standby.

The final squad will assemble on 8 January in Stellenbosch before flying out of Cape Town on 12 January.

According to former Springbok Sevens star Marius Schoeman, who will coach the team, the large group of 30 players were identified at the 2012 Coca-Cola Under-16 Grant Khomo Week, as well as the recent @tlantic Under-18 Interprovincial Sevens tournament.

“This squad forms part of the SARU Elite Player Development programme, which aims to identify, develop and monitor promising young players at an early age,” said Schoeman.

“We tested the players, provided them with training and nutritional programmes and will track and monitor their progress. Even if they don’t end up playing Sevens, the experience gained will still be of great value to them and ultimately benefit South African rugby.”

The SA Sevens U17 training squad is:

Jigsy Molapo (Limpopo Blue Bulls), Lungelo Gosa (Border), Peet Schoeman (Eastern Province), Pieter Labuschagne, Gerhardus Labuschagne (Falcons), EW Viljoen, Marius Louw, Michael Andrade, Carel Durow (Free State), Christoff Venter, Innocent Radebe, Brendan Pelsar (Golden Lions), Siphamandla Ngcobo (KwaZulu-Natal), Willandre Kotzenberg (Mpumalanga), Warrick Gelant, Duhan van der Merwe, Remu Malan (SWD), Ryan Oosthuizen, Dennis Cox, TJ Goddard (Western Province).

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10 Responses to SARU confirm SA Sevens Under-17 training group

  1. Roy says:

    Andrew, I would suggest u read correctly, u/17 tourney this year and u/18 tourney next year. This does not justify the selection of u/16 this year. It does however follow suite of how things are done at the moment. How exactly are you involved in the process?????

  2. Armand Gericke says:

    Well done boys…

  3. Drie Outeniqua seuns in die groep! Well done manne!

  4. Andrew says:

    By the time the tournament happens those under 17’s or most of them will be under ’18…. Under 16’s now will then be under ’17….

  5. Aschin says:

    I am very happy 4 the youngsters. Warric Geland is one player to be watched he performed well at the Craven week and were great at the provincial 7s to I only have one problem and that is that the SA u/18 girls team is also assembling and preparing for the same youth games but we never read about them. I feel that SA Media are discriminating on gender and do not see women as equal to men are not treated as such. Hope it can change.If you guys need info in womens rugby you can mail me:

  6. Roy says:

    Please explain how you select U/17 players at an U/16 tournament and select players at a 7’s tournament that hasn’t even happened yet?????? Or is this simply a process of you select who the hell you want? This is totally unfair to all U/17 players in the country today.

  7. Damien Bradshaw says:

    Lungelo Gosa representing Selborne College.

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