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Van Rensburg replaces Matthews in Junior Boks JWC squad

By Hannes Nienaber , in News , at 17 May 2014

Versatile Vodacom Blue Bulls midfielder Rohan Janse van Rensburg has replaced his injured provincial team mate Duncan Matthews (wing) in the Junior Springboks squad for 2014 IRB Junior World Championship.

New Zealand will stage the 2014 JWC for the first time from 2 to 20 June in Auckland. Matthews was ruled out of action due to a back injury.

The powerfully built Van Rensburg will play in his second JWC for the Junior Boks after representing the South Africa Under-20 squad last year in France. His versatility means he is equally at home at both inside and outside centre as well as on the wing.

His official inclusion means the Junior Springboks now travel to New Zealand with four players who have previous JWC experience under the belt.

Team captain Handré Pollard (fly half) will play in his third JWC event, while Jesse Kriel (fullback) and Aidon Davis (number eight) also played in France last year.

Squad to assemble for final JWC preparations

Meanwhile the 28-man Junior Boks squad will assemble in Stellenbosch on Sunday to complete their JWC preparations.

The team’s activities for next week are as follow:

Sunday 18 May

Squad assembly at Stellenbosch Academy of Sport

Monday 19 May

11h00 Field training session (all sessions at Paul Roos)

15h30 Field training session

Tuesday 20 May

11h00 Field training session

15h30 Field training session

Wednesday 21 May

11h00 Field training session

15h00 Training contact session (Tbc)

Thursday 22 May

12h00 – 14h00 Media session – coach and full squad available for media interviews (deadline for interview slots noon on Tuesday, 20 May. Send requests to rayaan@sarugby.co.za)

Friday 23 May

11h00 Field training session

Saturday 24 May

11h00 Capping ceremony at The Tsogo Sun Cullinan, Foreshore, Cape Town

Sunday 25 May

Off day

Monday 26 May

Team travel to NZ from Cape Town – time of stand-up media interview with coach and captain at Cape Town International Airport to be confirmed

Issued by SARU Corporate Affairs

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