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SA Under-20 training camp update
May 06, 2013
The SA Under-20 squad had their first training session at the Green Point Track in Cape Town on Monday afternoon after the 28-man squad and four standby players assembled in the Mother City ahead of their friendly international against Namibia.

The Junior Springboks and Namibia clash on Saturday afternoon at the Paul Roos Markötter Stadium in Stellenbosch in a vital outing for the SA youngsters’ IRB Junior World Championship preparations.

South Africa will defend their JWC title during June in France.

On Monday several key players sat out the squad’s first full field session because of an assortment of injuries.

Southern Kings wing Sergeal Petersen sustained a grade two hamstring tear against the Waratahs on Saturday in Port Elizabeth and the conservative estimate is that he will be out of action for three to four weeks.

Vodacom Bulls centre Jan Serfontein, one of only two survivors of the successful 2012 JWC team, is currently recovering from a lower leg contusion and a hip injury.

Handré Pollard (flyhalf), the only other player in the squad to have tasted JWC success last season, also missed training because of concussion he suffered while playing for the Vodacom Blue Bulls in their Vodacom Cup quarterfinal defeat against the EP Kings.

Hanco Venter (scrumhalf, The Sharks) also sat out training because of a respiratory infection.

Meanwhile DHL Western Province fullback Cheslin Kolbe took part in his first training outing with the JWC-bound squad. Seabelo Senatla and Justin Geduld will join the squad on Tuesday morning after helping the Springbok Sevens to Cup success in Glasgow on Sunday.

The squad will have three more sessions before coach, Dawie Theron will name his starting team on Wednesday.

Despite the numerous injury setbacks, Theron said he was nevertheless pleased to finally have his full JWC squad together. “Some players such as Cheslin have joined us for the first time, while the two Springbok Sevens players will join us tomorrow. “The injuries are obviously disruptive because we have only limited time available with the players and this week is crucial for our preparations. The next time the squad will get together again is just three days before we travel to France, so from that point of view we always targeted this week as vital in our build-up,” said Theron.

Tomorrow the forwards will have a workout against the Western Province Rugby Institute starting from 15h00 at the Green Point Track.

MATCH CENTRE
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Absa Under 19 Competition
Saturday, August 30 2014
10:30 - Griquas U19 vs Valke U19
GWK Park, Kimberley
11:00 - Leopards U19 vs Sharks U19
Profert Olen Park, Potch
Absa Under 21 Competition
12:00 - Griquas U21 vs Valke U21
GWK Park, Kimberley
Absa Under 19 Competition
12:15 - Boland U19 vs Pumas U19
Boland Stadium, Wellington
Absa Under 21 Competition
12:30 - Leopards U21 vs Sharks U21
Profert Olen Park, Potch
Absa Under 19 Competition
13:00 - Blue Bulls U19 vs WP U19
Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
13:00 - Free State U19 vs Golden Lions U19
Old Greys Rugby Field, Bloemfontein
Absa Under 21 Competition
14:00 - Boland U21 vs Pumas U21
Boland Stadium, Wellington
14:45 - Blue Bulls U21 vs WP U21
Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
14:45 - Free State U21 vs Golden Lions U21
Old Greys Rugby Field, Bloemfontein

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