South Africa 'A' national rugby union team
|Union||South African Rugby Union|
|Nickname(s)||Springboks, Springbokke, Boks, Bokke,
|Emblem(s)||the Springbok and the Protea|
|Captain(s)||Juan de Jongh|
South Africa 'A', also formerly referred to as the Junior Springboks or the Emerging Springboks, are the fourth national rugby union team in South Africa after the national side, the South Africa Under-20 team and the national sevens team.
They competed in the Nations Cup in 2007 and 2008 alongside the full national teams of Namibia, Romania and Georgia as well as Argentina Jaguars and Italy A. They also sporadically play touring sides such as the British and Irish Lions.
The team is made up of players of all ages and is not necessarily a junior side. The selection criterion vary, and it has been used most recently to give potential Springboks a taste of international rugby or to give experienced Springboks playing time to improve fitness or form.
On 23 May 2017, it was announced that Lions head coach Johan Ackermann would coach the South Africa 'A' squad in their two-match series against the touring French Barbarians. The 26-man squad below was named for the series. Lwazi Mvovo and Seabelo Senatla were subsequently called-up in place of Jamba Ulengo (injured) and Lionel Mapoe (called up to the Springbok squad) respectively.
|South Africa 'A' squad|