Eastern Province centre Jeremy Ward will captain the 28-man Junior Boks squad at the World Rugby U20 Championship in Manchester in June.
The 20-year-old has no shortage of experience when it comes to leadership and pressure situations, as he led the EP Kings U19 team with aplomb during their successful run to the 2015 domestic title.
Earlier this year, the youngster was not only selected in the EP Kings squad for the Currie Cup qualifiers, but handpicked by coach Robbie Kempson to be captain for the duration of the competition.
The U20 Championship will be Ward’s first involvement in an international competition as he never got the chance to play for SA Schools, but he will be surrounded by a strong playing squad, most of whom have been on the global stage with either SA Schools or the Junior Springboks.
Junior Boks squad – Jeremy Ward (captain, Grey High), Junior Pokomela (Grey High), Curwin Bosch (Grey High), Keanu Vers (Grey High), Jan-Henning Campher (Garsfontein), France Naude (Garsfontein), Embrose Papier (Garsfontein), S’busiso Nkosi (Jeppe), Denzel Hill (Jeppe), Manie Libbok (Outeniqua), Eduard Zandberg (Outeniqua), Ruben de Villiers (Paarl Boys’), Stedman Gans (Waterkloof), Ernst van Rhyn (Paarl Gym), Edwill van der Merwe (Paul Roos), Tango Balekile (Selborne), Kwezu Blose (Glenwood), Zain Davids (Rondebosch), James Hill (Kearsney), Jaco Holtzhausen (Monument), Nicolaas Oosthuizen (Marlow), Cobus Wiese (HS Upington), Franco van den Berg (HS Randburg), Carlü Sadie (HTS Bellville), Eli Snyman (St John’s, Harare), Marco Jansen van Vuren (HS Transvalia), JT Jackson (Oakdale), Mosolwa Mafuma (St Benedict’s).
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