Junior Bok

The Junior Bok team will be in action on Saturday. Photo: SA Rugby website

What time does Junior Springbok opener kick off on Saturday?

It shouldn’t be forgotten that the Junior Springbok side will begin their World Rugby U20 Championship in Stellenbosch on Saturday.

Junior Bok

The Junior Bok team will be in action on Saturday. Photo: SA Rugby website

Junior Springbok captain Paul de Villiers is amongst a group of seven players that will represent the South African Under-20 team for a second year running after being named in the starting team to face Georgia in their World Rugby U20 Championship opener in Stellenbosch on Saturday.

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De Villiers made his Junior Bok debut in the U20 Six Nations Summer Series in Italy last year, along with the team’s vice-captain Katlego Letebele, Gcinokuhle Mdletshe, Juann Else, Cornѐ Lavagna, Imad Khan and Neil le Roux. All seven were included in the match day squad for the host union’s match at the Danie Craven Stadium in Stellenbosch.

Junior Springbok head coach Bafana Nhleko included five uncapped players in his starting backline and six in the pack, with Lavagna, Mdletshe and Le Roux playing off the bench.

The match will kick off at 7pm on Saturday

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The Junior Springbok team to face Georgia in Stellenbosch:

15. Hakeem Kunene – uncapped
14. Jurenzo Julius – uncapped
13. Katlego Letebele (vice-captain) – 2 caps, 0 points
12. Ethan Hooker – uncapped
11. Masande Mtshali – uncapped
10. Jean Smith – uncapped
9. Imad Khan – 4 caps, 5 points (1 try)
8. Abulele Ndabambi – uncapped
7. Ghudian van Reenen – uncapped
6. Paul de Villiers (captain) – 4 caps, 0 points
5. JF van Heerden – uncapped
4. Coetzee Le Roux – uncapped
3. Mawande Mdanda – uncapped
2. Juann Else – 3 caps, 0 points
1. Phatu Ganyane – uncapped

16. SJ Kotze – uncapped
17. Corne Lavagna – 2 caps, 0 points
18. Zachary Porthen – uncapped
19. Jannes Potgieter – uncapped
20. Gcinokuhle Mdletshe – 4 caps, 0 points
21. Neil Le Roux – 3 caps, 0 points
22. Damian Markus – uncapped
23. Michael Annies – uncapped

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Match information – SA vs Georgia

Venue: Danie Craven Stadium, Stellenbosch
Date: Saturday, 24 June 2023
Kick-off: 19h00
Referee: Ben Breakspear (Wales)
TV: SuperSport (Grandstand)