SA Schools Announced
The 30 players have been announced to represent SA Schools in an international series with England, Wales and France next month.
The matches will be played at Boland Landbou (10 August), Stellenberg (14 August) and SACS (18 August.
The team includes three players who played for SA Schools in 2017 – Adrian Alberts, Banele Mthenjane and Celimpilo Gumede. But two of the SA Schools team of 2017 did not make it this year – Morné Brandon and Diego Appollis.
One of the players, Emile van Heerden who is the son of Springbok Fritz van Heerden, was chosen from the undefeated Western Province XV, the second Western Province team at Craven Week.
Brendan Venter is in the team – the son of Springbok and rugby guru Brendan Venter who was picked for SA Schools in 1987, when Craven Week was also in Paarl.
Western Province with 10 players and Border with six make up just over half of the team. Other provinces represented are Sharks (4), Free State (3), Blue Bulls and Golden Lions (two each), and Boland, Griffons and Pumas (one each).
With five players in the team Selborne College is best represented, followed by Paul Roos with four.
The team gathers in Stellenbosch with coach Sean Erasmus to prepare for the series. A captain will then be named.
SA Schools 2018
Jacobus Agenbag (Grey), Free State
Adrian Alberts (Paarl Boys High), Western Province
Dewald Donald (Affies), Blue Bulls
Tristan Dullisear (Monument), Golden Lions
Jacques Goosen (Selborne), Border
Celimpilo Gumede (Durban High School), Sharks
Hanru Jacobs (Paul Roos), Western Province
Jean-Jacques Kotze (Paul Roos), Western Province
De Wet Marais (Grey), Free State
Mihlali Mgolodela (Rondebosch), Western Province
Keketso Morabe (Welkom Gimnasium), Griffons
Banele Mthenjane (Nelspruit), Pumas
Lunga Ncube (Glenwood), Sharks
Evan Roos (Paarl Boys High), Western Province
Sibusiso Sangweni (Kearsney), Sharks
Jarrod Taylor (Selborne), Border
Uzile Tele (Hudson Park), Border
Emile van Heerden (Paarl Boys High), Western Province XV
Lionel April (Hermanus), Boland
Thomas Bursey (Selborne), Border
Jurich Claasens (Garsfontein), Blue Bulls
Darren Hendricks (Boland Landbou), Western Province
Stravino Jacobs (Paarl Gimnasium), Western Province
Rynhardt Jonker (Glenwood), Sharks
Muzilikazi Manyike (Jeppe), Golden Lions
Juan Mostert (Paul Roos), Western Province
Brendan Venter (Paul Roos), Western Province
Wyclef Vlitoor (Grey), Free State
Sibabalwe Xamlashe (Selborne), Border
Mnombo Zwelindaba (Selborne), Border
10 August 2018
England vs France
South Africa vs Wales
14 August 2018
South Africa vs France
England vs Wales
18 August 2018
France vs Wales
South Africa vs England