NEWS ARTICLES
SA Under 18 Sevens aim for gold in Botswana
May 19, 2014
The SA Under 18 Sevens team will be aiming to emulate the 2013 Australian Youth Olympics winners when they participate in the 2014 African Youth Games on 23 and 24 May in Gaborone, Botswana. Last January, a powerful SA U18 Sevens squad which had outstanding talents such as Warrick Gelant (SA Schools, Junior Springboks) and Duhan van der Merwe (SA Sevens Academy) amongst its ranks, won gold in Sydney at the Australian Youth Olympics. The SA U18 Sevens are the firm favourites to claim gold at the African Youth Games and the selectors have assembled another talented 12-man squad to represent the Green and Gold at this age group level.

Gavin Beresford, the current Western Province High Schools Sevens coach, will coach the SA U18’s in Botswana. Marco Janse van Vuuren and PJ Toerien are two members of the SA U18 Sevens squad that were both selected for the SA Schools in fifteens in 2013.

Marius Schoeman, the SARU Sevens Academy Manager, said the current crop of players should give good account of themselves in Gaborone.

“These players were earmarked at the 2013 Coca-Cola Youth Week tournaments and we monitored also players in various other tournaments, as well as watching many schools matches. The next step for these players will be to come into contention for intake into the SA Sevens Academy, which is our main feeder for the Springbok Sevens squad,” explains Schoeman, a former veteran Blitzbok.

The SA U18 Sevens squad are currently in Johannesburg busy with preparations before their departure on Tuesday, 20 May to Botswana as part of Team SA.

The SA Under 18 Sevens squad to play in the African Youth Games in Gaborone (with name of high school in brackets):

Edrich Venter (Paul Roos Gym)
Herschelle Jantjies (Paul Roos Gym)
Edwill van der Merwe (Paul Roos Gym)
Jaco Coetzee (Glenwood)
Morne Joubert (Glenwood)
Tshepiso Mahasa (Ben Vorster)
Luigy van Jaarsveld (Marlow Landbou)
Ivan Kunz (Tygerberg)
Eduan Kuyter (Afrikaans Seuns)
Grant Williams (Paarl Gym)
PJ Toerien (Garsfontein)
Marco Janse van Vuuren (Transvalia)
Coach: Gavin Beresford (Tygerberg)

MATCH CENTRE
FIXTURES
     
RESULTS
     
Vodacom Super Rugby
Friday, March 06 2015
08:35 - Chiefs vs Highlanders
Waikato Stadium, Hamilton
10:40 - Brumbies vs Force
GIO Stadium, Canberra
Vodacom Cup
15:00 - Valke vs Blue Bulls
Barnard Stadium, Kempton Park
19:00 - Welwitschias vs Golden Lions
Hage Geingob Stadium, Windhoek
19:00 - Pumas vs Griffons
Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit
Vodacom Super Rugby
Saturday, March 07 2015
08:35 - Blues vs Emirates Lions
QBE Stadium, Albany, Auckland
10:40 - Reds vs Waratahs
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Cell C Community Cup
15:00 - Ferros vs Despatch
Puma Stadium, Emalahleni
16:00 - Springs vs PE Police
Springs Rugby Club, Springs
16:00 - Old Selbornians vs Rustenburg Impala
Kempston Park, East London

Copyright 2011 - SARU. All Rights Reserved.