SA Schools coach Lance Sendin has selected nine players each from the Golden Lions and Sharks in his 28-man squad for the upcoming series against England, France and Wales.
The Lions beat the Sharks 45-18 in the unofficial final of Craven Week, and both teams were rewarded with call-ups to the national U19 squad.
The Lions’ representatives are props Keagan Glade, Nkosikhona Masuka and Asenathi Ntlabakanye, hooker Morné Brandon, lock Christen van Niekerk, flank Mark Snyman, No 8 Travis Gordon, winger/centre Yanga Hlalu and fullback Kennedy Mpeku.
Prop Jordan Clarke, hooker Fezokuhle Mbatha, locks Celimpilo Gumede and JJ van der Mescht, flank Dylan Richardson, No 8 Phendulani Buthelezi, scrumhalf Jaden Hendrikse and Sanele Nohamba, and wing Conan le Fleur are all from the Sharks.
Nohamba, Richardson, Snyman, Van der Mescht, Glade and Free State centre Rikus Pretorius also featured in last year’s series.
The squad will assemble in Stellenbosch on 6 August, after which the team management will decide on a captain and vice-captain.
The team will face Wales on 11 August at City Park Stadium, France on 15 August at Paarl Gymnasium, and England on 19 August, with the venue yet to be confirmed.
Due to the number of participating teams in the series, the SA Schools A team will not be in action this year.
SA Schools squad:
Adrian Alberts (lock, Western Province, Paarl Boys’)
Morne Brandon (hooker, Golden Lions, Monument)
Phendulani Buthelezi (No 8, Sharks, Durban High)
Jordan Clarke (prop, Sharks, Glenwood)
Vian Fourie (flanker, Western Province, Paarl Boys’)
Keagan Glade (prop, Golden Lions, KES)
Travis Gordon (No 8, Golden Lions, KES)
Ruhann Greyling (hooker, Free State, Grey College)
Celimpilo Gumede (lock, Sharks, Durban High)
Joachim Martins (flanker, Western Province, Paarl Gym)
Nkosikhona Masuku (prop, Golden Lions, Parktown)
Fezokuhle Mbatha (hooker, Sharks, Maritzburg)
Banele Mthenjane (prop, Pumas, Nelspruit)
Asenathi Ntlabakanye (prop, Golden Lions, St Stithians)
Dylan Richardson (flanker, Sharks, Kearsney)
Mark Snyman (flanker, Golden Lions, Helpmekaar)
Juan van der Mescht (lock, Sharks, Glenwood)
Christen van Niekerk (lock, Golden Lions, Monument)
Diego Appollis (utility back, Blue Bulls, Garsfontein)
Hillegard Du Plessis (wing, Western Province, Paarl Gym)
Jaden Hendrikse (scrumhalf, Sharks, Glenwood)
Yanga Hlalu (centre/wing, Golden Lions, KES)
Qamani Kota (wing, Griffons, Welkom Gim)
Conan Le Fleur (wing, Sharks, Glenwood)
Kennedy Mpeku (fullback, Golden Lions, KES)
Sanele Nohamba (scrumhalf, Sharks, Durban High)
Rikus Pretorius (centre, Free State, Grey College)
Christopher Schreuder (flyhalf, Free State, Grey College)
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