Len Massyn of the Junior Sprinboks during the 2017 Varsity CUP DREAM TEAM GAME, presented by Steinhoff, FNB and STEERS. Monday, 25 APRIL 2017
VARSITY CUP DREAM TEAM vs JUNIOR SPRINGBOKS. Danie Craven Stadium, Stellenbosch, Western Cape.


Strong Varsity Cup flavour to Junior Boks

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For the past decade the FNB Varsity Cup presented by Steinhoff International in 2017 has been a breeding ground for South African provinicial unions to discover unearthed talent. It is not only the unions that benefit from the healthy feeder tournament, but also the national teams, including Springboks and Junior Springboks.

Since the competition’s inception in 2008, the Varsity Cup has delivered no less than 25 Springboks, a host of Junior Boks and a number of Super Rugby players. Arguably the most successful student tournament in the country and are of the best in the world based on the number of the international players produced, the competition clearly fills a vital role as a catchment net for players falling through the traditional systems.

The Junior Boks will be coached by former Varsity Cup coach Chean Roux as they head to Tbilisi, Georgia to contest the World Rugby U20 Championship title. Roux took over the reins a few months ago after former coach Dawie Snyman took up a contract to coach in Japan. Roux named his 28-man squad ahead of the U20 international tournament that will be taking place between 31 May – 18 June. No less than 17 Varsity Cup players and one Varsity Shield player were selected. Seven FNB UP-Tuks players, three players from both FNB Maties and FNB Wits, two players from both FNB Shimlas and FNB UCT, as well as the exciting current Sharks and former FNB UKZN fly-half, Curwin Bosch were all included in the squad.

It should come as no surprise that 10 of the 17 Varsity Cup players are from 2017 finalists FNB UP-Tuks and FNB Maties, given that these two sides performed excellently throughout the competition.

South Africa will face France, Georgia and Argentina in the pool stages as they look to secure their second World Rugby U20 Championship title, after winning the 2012 edition on home soil.

Varsity Cup players in Junior Springboks team:

Curwin Bosch (FNB UKZN)
Stedman Gans (Tuks)
Johan Grobbelaar (Tuks)
Wikus Groenewald (Maties)
Rewan Kruger (Shimlas)
Manie Libbok (Tuks)
Gianni Lombard (Wits)
Len Massyn (UJ)
Lee-Marvin Mazibuko (UCT)
Reinhard Nothnagel (UJ)
Embrose Papier (Tuks)
Wandisile Simelane (Wits)
Hendre Stassen (Tuks)
Gerhardus Steenkamp (Tuks)
Ruben van Heerden (Tuks)
Nama Xaba (UCT)
Panxe Yaw (Madibaz)
Ernst van Rhyn (Maties)

By Lyndon Julius

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