The South African Rugby Union (SARU) earlier this week announced the names of 50 players selected for the SA Under-16 High Performance camp that will be held in Cape Town from 26 September – 3 October 2010.
The players were selected following their exceptional performances at the recently held Coca-Cola Under-16 Grant Khomo Week.
They will busy themselves with positional specific training under the guidance of rugby expert at the camp which will be held at the South African College Schools (SACS) in Cape Town.
SARU has established a High Performance system that acts as a pathway that reaches from junior levels, right the way through to senior rugby. The player pathway is based on the long term athlete development model, where players are identified and kept in the High Performance system for as long as possible.
One of SARU’s ways of identifying future talent is through the national selectors who attend the annual Youth Weeks in SA.
All these structures have been put in place to ultimately ensure that we produce the finest junior rugby players in the world who will eventually become Springboks and represent their country at international level.
Twenty-two (22) players who attended last year’s U16 High Performance programme, competed in this year’s Coca-Cola Under-18 Craven Week that was held in Welkom.
Three of those players Western Province prop Tsepo Motale and flanker Sikhumbuzo Notshe; and Eastern Province’s Ruwellyn Isabel were eventually selected in SARU’s 2010 Under-18 High Performance programme. These players competed in the series of international friendlies against France, England and Namibia last month.
A further three players – Shawn Conradie, Frederick Nel and Clinton Ruiters competed in the 2010 Academy Week for Under-18 High Schools while Siyabonga Tom represented KwaZulu Natal at the Coca-Cola Grant Khomo Week U16 Week.
This camp will be hosted by the current national coaches as well as former and current Springboks stars.
While the players will be involved in rugby training, SARU’s High Performance programme also focuses on life skills training. The players will visit SARU’s headquarters in Cape Town and will be briefed by various role players in SA rugby. They will also send some time at the SA Sports Science Institute - a facility utilised by the Springbok Sevens and SA Under-20 teams.
At least year’s Under-16 High Performance camp, the likes of former Springbok players Bobby Skinstad, Chester Williams, Owen Nkumane along with Springbok coach Peter de Villiers and Springbok Sevens coach Paul Treu also spent time with the youngsters.
Former World Cup-winning Springbok psychologist Dr Henning Gericke also conducted team-building workshops.
“We are going to have all the national coaches in attendance as well as former Springbok players who will spend time with the our Under-16’s during the position specific training days,” said SARU High Performance Manager Herman Masimla.
“At the conclusion of the training camp the selectors will confirm a group of top performers that will form part of the SARU Elite Under-16 group that will receive holistic development support from SARU Unions.
“We need to ensure that these players are not lost in the system. While all our efforts will go in monitoring the development of these players, it is also important that the various unions also take an active role in the development of these future stars.”
SA Under-16 High Performance squad:
Blue Bulls - Marcus Kleinbooi, Rohan Janse van Rensburg, Caswell Khoza, Ryno Eksteen, Louis Venter, Sikhumbuzo Thabo Mabuza, Nicolaas Janse van Rensburg, Pierre Schoeman.
Boland - Duncan Matthews, Gerhard Cloete, Paul Louw, Dayan van der Westhuizen.
Border - Malwande Mhamhe, Maliviwe Simanga.
Border Central Districts - Mtsika Nyalambisa.
Eastern Province - Selwyn Davids, Sergeal Petersen, Siphesihle Mhlom, Lyle Lombard.
Falcons - Christiaan Meyer, Junius Deysel, Deon Jaco Botes, Kwena Collins Moremi.
Free State - Pieter Jordaan, Edward Schmidt, Daniel Piek.
Golden Lions - Allistair McQuire, Che-Ree Stevens, Malcolm Marx, Kgotso Ngubeni.
KwaZulu-Natal - Siyabonga Tom, Christopher de Beer, Siphesihle Sibongeleni Ndlovu.
Leopards - Adriaan Pieter Esterhuizen, Jacobus Johannes Groenewald.
Limpopo - Johannes Hendrik Smit, Jacobus Johannes Marais, Arend Johannes Bannink.
Mpumalanga - Karabo Makola, Joseph William Allen.
SWD - Dean January, Martinus Vermeulen.
Western Province - Francois Botha, Dalen Goliath, Wesley Cupido, Handre Pollard, Ramone Samuels, Jan-Fredrick Uys, Chad Solomon, Wesley Edward Adonis.