South Africa national under-20 rugby union team

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South Africa
Union South African Rugby Union
Nickname(s) Junior Boks, Baby Boks
Founded 2008
Coach(es) Dawie Theron
Captain(s) Jeremy Ward
League(s) World Rugby Under 20 Championship
2015 3rd
Team kit
Change kit
First international
v United States (2008)
Largest win
108–18 v United States
Largest defeat
7–36 v New Zealand
World Cup
Appearances 8 (First in 2008)
Best result Champions (2012)
Official website
www.sarugby.co.za/default.aspx?category=sarugby%2Fu20&leagueid=2904
Union website
www.sarugby.co.za
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The South Africa national under-20 rugby union team (nicknamed the Junior Boks or the Baby Boks) are South Africa's junior team at national level. They have been competing in the World Rugby Under 20 Championship (formerly the IRB Junior World Championship) since its inception in 2008. This Under-20 tournament replaced the previously-held Under-19 and Under-21 Rugby World Championships.

History[edit]

Summary[edit]

South African World Rugby Under-20 Championship summary
Year Pool stages Semi Final Placing
P W D L PF PA
2008 3 3 0 0 173 19 Lost N/A 3rd
2009 3 3 0 0 144 40 Lost N/A 3rd
2010 3 2 0 1 148 56 Lost N/A 3rd
2011 3 2 0 1 95 52 N/A N/A 5th
2012 3 2 0 1 99 41 Won Won Champions
2013 3 3 0 0 154 43 Lost N/A 3rd
2014 3 3 0 0 115 37 Won Lost 2nd
2015 3 3 0 0 119 26 Lost N/A 3rd
2016 3 2 0 1 112 69 Lost N/A 4th

2008[edit]

South Africa took part in the inaugural edition of the competition in 2008 held in Wales, where they were drawn in Pool B. They beat the United States 108–18 in their very first game.[1] A 72–3 victory over Scotland[2] and a 16–11 win against Samoa[3] saw them top the pool to qualify for the semi-final stages. They lost their semi-final match 18–26 to England,[4] but returned to winning ways with a 43–18 win over hosts Wales in the third-place play-off match.[5]

2009[edit]

South Africa were placed in Pool C of the 2009 competition held in Japan. They emulated their 2008 form, winning all three of their pool matches – they beat Fiji 36–10,[6] Italy 65–3[7] and France 43–27[8] to finish top of the pool. They again lost to England in the semi-finals (losing 21–40),[9] but again bounced back by winning the third-place play-off match, this time beating Australia 32–5.[10]

2010[edit]

A 40–14 victory over Tonga[11] in the opening match of Pool C in the 2010 IRB Junior World Championship held in Argentina was followed up by a 73–0 victory over Scotland,[12] before South Africa suffered their first ever pool stage defeat in the competition, losing 35–42 to Australia.[13] Although finishing in second position in the pool, they still qualified for the semi-finals by virtue of having the best record of the second-placed teams across the three pools. They were eliminated 7–36 by New Zealand in the semi-finals,[14] but managed to win the third-place play-off for the third year in a row, avenging their previous semi-final exists at the hands of England by beating them 27–22.[15]

2011[edit]

Victories in South Africa's first two matches at the 2011 IRB Junior World Championship held in Italy – beating Scotland 33–0[16] and Ireland 42–26[17] – were followed by a defeat at the hands of England, losing 20–26[18] to finish second in the pool and failing to qualify for the semi-finals for the first time. Instead, they went into the fifth-placed play-off series, where a 57–15 win over pool rivals Ireland[19] and a 104–17 win over Fiji[20] saw them finish the competition in fifth spot.

2012[edit]

South Africa hosted the tournament in 2012, but the hosts got off to a bad start, losing 19–23 to Ireland in their first match.[21] However, they recovered to beat Italy 52–3[22] and previously-unbeaten England 28–15[23] to finish top of the log. They easily dispatched Argentina in the semi-final, winning 35–3,[24] before beating New Zealand 22–16 in the final in Cape Town,[25] winning the competition for the first time and ending the latter's four-year reign as champions.[26]

2013[edit]

South Africa won all three their pool matches at the 2013 IRB Junior World Championship held in France; they beat the United States 97–0,[27] England 31–24[28] and hosts France 26–19[29] to top their pool to qualify to the semi-finals. They lost their semi-final match 17–18 to Wales[30] before winning their fourth third-place play-off match in six seasons, beating New Zealand 41–34.[31]

2014[edit]

In the 2014 IRB Junior World Championship held in New Zealand, South Africa beat Scotland 61–5,[32] hosts New Zealand 33–24[33] and Samoa 21–8[34] to finish top of their pool. They again met New Zealand in the semi-finals and beat them again, this time by a 32–25 scoreline,[35] to qualify to their second final. However, they lost the final 20–21 to England to finish the competition in second spot.[36]

2015[edit]

For 2015, the IRB Junior World Championship was rebranded as the World Rugby Under 20 Championship. South Africa started the competition with a 33–5 win against hosts Italy[37] and recorded a 40–8 win against Samoa[38] and a 46–13 win over Australia[39] in their remaining pool matches to finish top of Pool B to qualify for the semi-finals with the best record pool stage of all the teams in the competition. They came up against an England side that beat them in the 2014 final and were eliminated by the same opponents again, losing 20–28 to be eliminated from the competition.[40] They restored some pride by winning their third-place play-off match against France 31–18 to win the bronze medal.[41]

2016[edit]

South Africa came from behind to beat Japan 59–19 in their opening match in Pool C of the 2016 World Rugby Under 20 Championship held in Manchester.[42] They were beaten 13–19 by Argentina in their second match,[43] suffering only their fourth defeat ever in the pool stage of the competition, but bounced back to secure a 40-31 bonus-point victory over France in their final pool match[44] to secure a semi-final place as the best runner-up in the competition. They faced hosts and three-time champions England in the semi-finals, who proved too strong for the visitors, knocking them out of the competition with a 39–17 victory.[45] South Africa's final match came against Argentina, who already beat them previously in Pool C, in the third-place play-off final. Argentina won again, with a very convincing 49–19 scoreline,[46] condemning South Africa to fourth place in the competition.

Players[edit]

For a complete list of every player to have represented the South Africa Under-20 team, see List of South Africa national under-20 rugby union team players.

Current squad[edit]

The following players were named in the 28-man squad for the 2016 World Rugby Under 20 Championship:[47]

2016 South Africa Under-20 rugby union team
Name JPN ARG FRA ENG ARG Apps Pts
Kwenzo Blose 1 17 Substituted in 2 0
Tango Balekile 2 2 16 Substituted in 2 16 Substituted in 5 0
Jaco Holtzhausen 3 18 18 Substituted in 3 3 0
Cobus Wiese 4 20 Substituted in 7 20 Substituted in 7 5 0
Eli Snyman 5 5 5 5 5 5 0
Zain Davids 6 6 6 6 6 5 15
Ernst van Rhyn 7 7 19 Substituted in 7 4 0
Junior Pokomela 8 8 8 8 8 5 0
James Hall 9 9 21 Substituted in 21 Substituted in 21 Substituted in 5 0
Manie Libbok 10 15 10 10 10 5 10
Mosolwa Mafuma 11 11 14 3 5
JT Jackson 12 22 Substituted in 12 12 12 5 5
Jeremy Ward (c) 13 13 13 13 4 10
S'busiso Nkosi 14 14 14 3 0
Curwin Bosch 15 10 15 15 15 5 59
Jan-Henning Campher 16 Substituted in 16 Substituted in 2 16 Substituted in 2 5 0
Franco van den Berg 17 Substituted in 1 1 17 Substituted in 1 5 5
Carlü Sadie 18 Substituted in 3 3 18 Substituted in 3 5 5
Ruben de Villiers 19 Substituted in 19 Substituted in 4 4 4 5 0
Denzel Hill 20 Substituted in 20 20 Substituted in 2 0
Embrose Papier 21 Substituted in 9 2 5
Franco Naudé 22 Substituted in 12 22 Substituted in 22 Substituted in 13 5 0
Keanu Vers 23 Substituted in 23 23 23 Substituted in 2 0
Eduard Zandberg 4 19 Substituted in 19 Substituted in 3 0
Nicolaas Oosthuizen 17 Substituted in 17 Substituted in 1 18 3 0
Marco Jansen van Vuren 21 Substituted in 9 9 3 0
Edwill van der Merwe 23 Substituted in 11 11 11 4 10
Stedman Gans 14 1 0
Benhard Janse van Rensburg 22 Substituted in 1 0

Previous squads[edit]

The following players played at previous editions of the World Rugby Under 20 Championship:

(c) denotes team captain.

External links[edit]

References[edit]

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