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Sunday, 04 July 2010 18:52

SA Schools Rugby Team



The South African Schools Association on Saturday announced the SA Schools team for 2010 after the Free State Cheetahs defeated Western Province 42-21in the final game at the Coca-Cola Under-18 Craven Week in Welkom.

Grey College’s William Small-Smith will captain the side which includes 11 players that competed in the final game between Free State and WP.

The back three includes the exciting Western Province duo of fullback Craig Barry and Jean-Paul Lewis. They will be joined by Boland speedster Leroy Bitterhout who scored a hat trick of tries during his side’s 49-23 victory over Kwazulu Natal on Saturday.

Small-Smith will partner former SA Schools centre Andile Jho in the midfield. Free State Cheetahs flyhalf Johan Goosen who scored 22 points during his side’s victory over WP was selected as the SA Schools flyhalf. Goosen was also a member of SARU’s Under-18 High Performance squad in 2009.

SA Schools team for 2010:

15. Craig Barry (Western Province)

14. Jean-Paul Lewis (Western Province)

13. William Small-Smith (Free State) – captain

12. Andile Jho (Border Bulldogs)

11. Leroy Bitterhout (Boland)

10. Johan Goosen (Free State Cheetahs)

9. Rudi van Rooyen (Blue Bulls)

8. Nardus van der Walt (Blue Bulls)

7. Sikhumbuzo Notshe (Western Province)

6. Khaya Majola (KwaZulu Natal)

5. Ruan Botha (Valke)

4. Ruan Venter (Lions)

3. Allan Dell (Border Bulldogs)

2. Jason Thomas (Eastern Province)

1. Steven Kitshoff (Western Province)


16. Anrich Bitzi (Free State)

17. Neethling Fouche (Free State)

18. Schalk van Heerden (Blue Bulls)

19. Wiaan Liebenberg (Boland)

20. Kevin Luiters (Free State)

21. Paul Jordaan (Free State)

22. Tshotsho Mbovane (Western Province)

Coaches:         A.J Mercuur (Boland

Janse van der Ryst (Griquas CD)

Team Manager:          Adam Lottering