The much-anticipated match between the Varsity Cup Dream Team and Junior Springboks is set to take place at 19h00 at the Danie Craven Stadium on 25 April. François Pienaar announced a 23-man squad on Monday after the FNB Varsity Cup presented by Steinhoff International final. Due to provincial commitments and injuries, a number of those named had to withdraw.
- Nico du Plessis (FNB UJ) moves to tighthead, replacing Neethling Fouché (FNB Tuks), who had to withdraw due to surgery. Dillon Bakos (FNB UJ) moves to the bench (18).
- Phumzile Maqondwana (FNB Shimlas) moves to no. 7, replacing Kobus van Dyk (FNB Maties) who has franchise commitments. Chris Massyn, who captained FNB Tuks to their glorious Varsity Cup title on Monday, joins the Dream Team on the bench.
- Michal Haznar (FNB Maties) is unavailable after taking part in the weekend’s SuperSport Rugby Challenge and FNB UWC’s Aidynn Cupido takes his place on the bench.
The Varsity Cup Dream Team XV will line up as follows:
|15||Full back||Craig Barry (Captain)||Maties|
|14||Right wing||Sibahle Maxwane||UP-Tuks|
|13||Right centre||Aphiwe Dyantyi||UJ|
|12||Left centre||Impi Visser||UP-Tuks|
|11||Left wing||Duncan Saal||Maties|
|10||Fly half||Tinus de Beer||UP-Tuks|
|9||Scrum half||Andre Warner||UP-Tuks|
|8||Number eight||Kevin Kaba||NMMU|
|7||Right flanker||Phumzile Maqondwana||Shimlas|
|6||Left flanker||Daniël Maartens||Shimlas|
|5||Right lock||Loftus Morrison||NWU-Pukke|
|4||Left lock||Aston Fortuin||UP-Tuks|
|3||Tight head prop||Nico Du Plessis||UJ|
|1||Loose head prop||Andrew Beerwinkel||UP-Tuks|
|18||Prop||Dillon Roy Bakos||UJ|
|19||Utility Forward||Johan Momsen||Maties|
|20||Utility Forward||Chris Massyn||UP-Tuks|
|22||Utility Back||Ernst Stapelberg||Maties|
|23||Utility Back||Aidynn Cupido||UWC|
|VARSITY CUP DREAM TEAM COACHING STAFF|
|HEAD COACH||Pote Human (UP-Tuks)|
|ASSISTANT COACH||Denzil Frans (UP-Tuks)|
|ASSISTANT COACH||Bevan Fortuin (UP-Tuks)|
|TEAM MANAGER||Melaki Gunter (Maties )|
|PHYSIOTHERAPIST||Robyn Phillips (Wits)|
|SPORT SCIENTIST||Jacobus Johannes Durand (UJ)|
The Varsity Cup Dream Team will run out against their fellow university team mates, as Junior Springbok coach, Chean Roux looks likely to name as many as 14 Varsity Cup players in his match-day 23 to play on Tuesday, 25 April.