It is exactly a week since Phendulani Buthelezi was named as the Junior Springboks’ captain for 2019, and the Cell C Sharks looseforward says it is such a surreal feeling, it still hasn’t sunk in yet.
Buthelezi, who turns 20 years old on Thursday, 30 May – the day after the Junior Springboks depart for World Rugby U20 Championship in Argentina – initially missed out on selection for the SA U20 squad that travelled to the south of France last year, before called up as injury replacement. But this year, he will have honour of leading the side.
“I always knew that I had to step up into a senior role this year, but I really cannot say I expected to be named the captain,” said Buthelezi.
“It is amazing to represent your country at any level...