Vodacom Blue Bulls flanker Wian Liebenberg will lead the SA u.20 Junior World Cup squad in the JWC tournament to be held in Cape Town in June.
Liebenberg follow the footsteps of former Blue Bulls junior captains Arno Botha and CJ
Stander who captained the side in the two previous competitions.
The 28-man squad was announced at the Stellenbosch Academy of Sport on Wednesday.
Vodacom Cheetahs fly half Johan Goosen, DHL Stormers prop Steven Kitshoff, MTN Lions
lock Paul Willemse, Pieter-Steph du Toit (lock) and Paul Jordaan (centre, both The Sharks)
are the five squad members who have all played in the demanding 2012 Vodacom Super Rugby
competition, according to SA Rugby Communications.
The trio of Jordaan, William Small-Smith (centre) and Tshotsho Mbovane (wing) also
boast international experience, having represented the Springbok Sevens in the HSBC Sevens
Several squad members also played Varsity Cup and Vodacom Cup rugby, while Marvin Orie
led the Tuks Under-20 team to success in the Varsity Cup Young Guns competition.
Flyhalf Tony Jantjies is the younger brother of Elton, the Springbok pivot. Last week
the younger Jantjies helped the SA U20 training squad to 2-0 series win over Argentina.
Dawie Theron, the SA U20 coach, said he was pleased with the squad and confident that
the group of promising players will be able to stand up to the challenge of their
This is the best available group of players and I am delighted with the
composition of the group. We are mindful of the fact that we did not perform to our
potential last year, so that, and the fact that we are playing at home will obviously add
to the pressure. The JWC is the pinnacle of a young players career and they will be
determined to give it their best effort in front of our home fans, added Theron.
The squad assembles on 24 May in Cape Town for a holding camp.
The SA U20 JWC group fixtures are as follows:
Mon 4 June: SA vs. Ireland (Danie Craven Stadium, 19h00)
Friday 8 June: SA vs. Italy (UWC Stadium, 19h00)
Tue 12 June: SA vs. England (Danie Craven Stadium, 19h00)
The full South Africa Under-20 squad for the Junior World Championship:
Dillyn Leyds (WP), Marais Schmidt (Golden Lions), Travis Ismaiel (Blue Bulls),
Paul Jordaan (Sharks), Tshotsho Mbovane (WP), Dean Hammond (WP), Pat Howard (WP), Jan
Serfontein (Blue Bulls), William Small-Smith (Blue Bulls), Johan Goosen
(Cheetahs), Tony Jantjies (Blue Bulls), Abrie Griesel (Blue Bulls), Kevin
Luiters (Free State), Shaun Adendorff (Blue Bulls), Fabian Booysen
(Golden Leeus), Khaya Majola (Sharks), Wian Liebenberg (Blue Bulls, captain),
Braam Steyn (Sharks), Pieter-Steph du Toit (Sharks), Marvin Orie (Blue Bulls),
Ruan Botha (Golden Lions), Paul Willemse (Golden Lions), Allan Dell (KZN), Oliver Kebble
(WP), Steven Kitshoff (WP), Nicholas van Dyk (Sharks), Mark Pretorius (Golden Lions), Jason
Thomas (Blue Bulls).