SA Schools are favourites to finish the U18 International series as the only unbeaten team.
On Saturday coach Lance Sendin’s charges take on England, who lost both their previous matches to France (23-18) and SA Schools A (53-14) respectively.
SA Schools, who Wales (23-17) and France (42-3), made two rotational changes which see prop Reece Bezuidenhout and flank JC Pretorius earning starting berths ahead of Nathan McBeth and Charl Serdyn respectively.
Sendin says it was tough to select his team for their closing match against England as all the players in the squad had immense potential.
‘We opted for the player combinations we thought would be the best to execute the game plan we would like to play against England,’ said Sendin.
‘With only two changes, we will have the luxury of continuity in selection, which will be good against the physical and determined English team. They have suffered defeats in both their matches up to now, so we are expecting them to give their all to finish the tournament on a winning note. But we are equally determined to complete the tournament unbeaten, so it will be a good test for both teams.’
Meanwhile, SA Schools A coach Sean Erasmus made one injury-enforced change and a positional swap to his team for their clash with Wales.
With fullback Abner van Reenen battling with a quadriceps strain, winger Austin Davids shifts to No 15 and Ayabonga Oliphant is drafted into the run-on lineup to start on the wing.
Results Day 1
Results Day 2
SA Schools 42 France 3
SA Schools A 53 England 14
Wales 41 Italy 15
SA Schools – 15 Gianni Lombard, 14 Mike Mavovana, 13 Manuel Rass, 12 Rikus Pretorius, 11 Muller du Plessis, 10 Damian Willemse, 9 Richman Gora, 8 Khwezi Mafu, 7 Muller Uys, 6 JC Pretorius, 5 Ben-Jason Dixon, 4 Salmaan Moerat (c), 3 Sazi Sandi, 2 Daniel Jooste, 1 Reece Bezuidenhout.
Subs: 16 JP Botha, 17 Nathan McBeth, 18 Johan Neethling, 19 JP Steenkamp, 20 Charl Serdyn, 21 Rewan Kruger, 22 Ruan de Swardt, 23 Wandisile Simelane, 24 Khanya Ncusane, 25 Emilio Adonis, 26 Sihle Njezula.
SA Schools A – 15 Austin Davids, 14 Tadendaishe Mujawo, 13 Janco van Heyningen, 12 Louritz van der Schyff (c), 11 Ayabonga Oliphant, 10 Tyrone Green, 9 Zinedine Booysen, 8 Dian Schoonees, 7 Francke Horn, 6 Athi Magwala, 5 Juan van der Mescht, 4 Ryno Pieterse, 3 Keagan Glade, 2 Schalk Erasmus, 1 Cabous Eloff.
Subs: 16 Dylan Richardson, 17 Gugu Nelani, 18 Mornay Smith, 19 Christopher Havenga, 20 Mark Snyman, 21 Ruan Vermaak, 22 Sanele Nohamba, 23 Lubabalo Dobela, 24 Sicelo Tole, 25 Cameron Hufke, 26 Abner van Reenen.
Photo: Warren Williams