Junior Springboks change six for French clash

Junior Springboks change six for French clash

Junior Springboks coach Sean Roux has made six changes to his squad to face France with Wandisile Simelane starting on the wing and Lubabalo Dobela replacing the injured Damian Willemse at flyhalf.


The Junior Springboks meet World Rugby U20 Championship hosts, France, in their pool decider in Narbonne on Thursday.

Dobela will make his first start in the competition, and Simelane, who moved from centre to the wing during the match against Ireland, will take over the No 11 jersey, after the SA U20s Muller du Plessis due to injury.


Simelane’s switch sees Manuel Rass start in the midfield with Lyle Hendricks, while flanker PJ Steenkamp will join Dian Schoonees and Muller Uys in the loose trio, and Ruan Vermaak partners up with captain Salmaan Moerat at lock.


The other change in the starting team is at hooker, where Schalk Erasmus comes in for Daniel Jooste, who suffered a rib injury at training on Tuesday.


On the bench, versatile front-rower Tiaan van der Merwe provides cover at hooker, and David Coetzer, who joined the team in France on Tuesday morning, at flyhalf. They are both in line for their World Rugby U20 Championship debuts.


Winger Sihle Njezula, meanwhile, makes a welcome return to the match-day squad among the replacements after recovering from the ankle injury he suffered against Georgia.


Junior Springbok team to face France:

15 – Gianni Lombard 

14 – Tyrone Green 

13 – Manuel Rass 

12 – Lyle Hendricks 

11 – Wandisile Simelane 

10 – Lubabalo Dobela

9 – Zak Burger 

8 – Muller Uys 

7 – PJ Steenkamp

6 – Dian Schoonees

5 – Ruan Vermaak 

4 – Salmaan Moerat (captain)

3 – Asenathi Ntlabakanye 

2 – Schalk Erasmus

1 – Nathan McBeth


16 – Tiaan van der Merwe

17 – Alulutho Tshakweni

18 – Sazi Sandi

19 – Ruan Nortje 

20 – Ben-Jason Dixon 

21 – Rewan Kruger 

22 – David Coetzer 

23 – Sihle Njezula 

Latest News