Xola Nyali SA U18 captain 2023

Xola Nyali is captain of the SA U18 team. Photo: SA Rugby website.

Nyali to captain South Africa against France

Western Province skipper rewarded with captain’s armband of the South African U18 team for international series.

Xola Nyali SA U18 captain 2023

Xola Nyali is captain of the SA U18 team. Photo: SA Rugby website.

Xola Nyali has been appointed as captain of the South African team for their opening match of U18 International Series against France at in Durbanville, north of Cape Town, on Tuesday afternoon.

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Nyali captained Western Province at the U18 Craven Week at the end of June and played for SA Schools against their ‘A’ team counterparts last month.

Ian van der Merwe has been named vice-captain by SA U18 coach Katleho Lynch for the match against France, which kicks off at 15h00 at the Stellenberg High School sports grounds and will be streamed live on the SuperSport Schools App and website.

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Lynch said the players were raring to go and that he was excited to see what this group can offer after the players delivered a spectacle in Wellington a month ago when the two SA Schools sides squared off.

“We are really looking forward to the series against France and England as there is no better way to give the boys the best possible experience of what it’s like playing at international level,” said Lynch.

“We’ve done some squad rotation and mixing and matching of players in positions and the main thing will now be to see what we’ve been working on the last couple of weeks come to fruition and executed at test level.

“I have no doubt that we have some great talent in South Africa, it’s now just a matter of putting it to the test and executing under pressure in an international match situation.”

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Lynch was dealt a late blow when Divan Fuller (loose forward) was forced to withdraw from the squad, with his WP team-mate Riley Norton earning a call-up.

Earlier on Tuesday, the England U18s will face a Western Province XV (13h00). The U18 International Series concludes at Paarl Boys’ High’s Brug Street fields on Saturday when South Africa take on England (15h00), preceded by the match between France and the WP XV (13h00).


SA U18 – 15 Luyanda Kunene, 14 Scott Nel, 13 Jameel de Jongh, 12 Dominic Malgas, 11 Cheswill Jooste, 10 Ian van der Merwe (vice-captain), 9 Christiaan van der Westhuizen, 8 Batho Hlekani, 7 Thando Biyela, 6 Xola Nyali (c), 5 Ulrich van der Westhuizen, 4 Jacobus Grobbelaar, 3 Simphiwe Ngobese, 2 Imaani Pemba, 1 Ranon Fouche.
Subs: 16 Siphosethu Mnebelele, 17 Lithemba Mfupi, 18 Jean Erasmus, 19 Riley Norton, 20 JJ Theron, 21 Haashim Pead, 22 Janco Purchase, 23 JC Mars, 24 Marno Stopforth, 25 Phiwayinkosi Kubeka, 26 Gino Cupido.

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Ian van der Merwe will deputise for Nyali as SA U18 captain
Ian van der Merwe is the deputy captain. Photo: SA Rugby website.