SA u20 rugby training group 2014 by school & position

 The South African Rugby Union (SARU) announces the names of the following players who have been identified to the SARU Under-20 Programme for 2014 in preparation of the IRB Junior World Championship which takes place in Auckland, New Zealand. 

SARU Under-20 Head Coach Dawie Theron, members of the management team and the SARU High Performance Mobi Unit will make a second visit to provincial unions to communicate its playing strategy and plans for the season. These sessions will be delivered to the players indicated below.

Camp One

Activation:          Training Camp

When:                  31 March – 16 April 2014

Where:                 Stellenbosch Academy of Sport (SAS), Stellenbosch

 

Camp Two

Activation:          Training Camp (International fixtures against Argentina Under-20s)

When:                  23 April – 17 May 2014

Where:                 Stellenbosch and Cape Town

 

SA Under-20 International friendlies vs Argentina Under-20:

09 May                 SA vs Argentina (City Park Stadium, Cape Town)

13 May                                 SA vs Argentina (Paul Roos, Stellenbosch)

17 May                                 SA vs Argentina (Saldanha Rugby Club, Saldanha)

 

Camp Three

Activation:          Holding Camp

When:                  23 – 26 May 2014

Where:                 Stellenbosch Academy of Sport (SAS), Stellenbosch

 

Activation:          Capping Ceremony

When:                  25 May 2014

Where:                 Stellenbosch Academy of Sport (SAS), Stellenbosch

 

Activation:          Squad Departure 

When:                  26 May 2014

Where:                 Cape Town International Airport

 

IRB Junior World Championship (JWC)

Activation:          Tournament

When:                  27 May – 22 June 2014

Where:                 Auckland, New Zealand

 

South Africa Under-20: IRB Junior World Championship (JWC) Fixtures

2 June 2014         SA vs Scotland (North Harbor)

6 June 2014         SA vs New Zealand (North Harbor)

10 June 2014      SA vs Samoa (Pukekohe)

15 June 2014      Playoffs (Tbc)

Training Group

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Posi

Name

School

Union

1

Prop

Dayan van der Westhuizen

Centurion

Bulls

2

Prop

Pierre Schoeman

Affies

Bulls

3

Prop

Wilco Louw

Drostdy

Bulls

4

Prop

Ox Nche

Louis Botha

Free State

5

Prop

Marthinus Oosthuizen

Outeniqua

Free State

6

Prop

Jaco Botha

Potch Volkskool

Leopards

7

Prop

Dylan Smith

KES

Lions

8

Prop

Pieter Scholtz

Diamantveld

Lions

9

Prop

Thomas du Toit

HJS Paarl BH

Sharks

10

Prop

Frans van Wyk

Monument

WP

11

Prop

Wesley Adonis

HJS Paarl BH

WP

12

Hooker

Corniel Els

Grey College

Bulls

13

Hooker

Joseph Dweba

Florida

Free State

14

Hooker

Malcolm Marx

KES

Lions

15

Hooker

Chris de Beer

Hilton

Sharks

16

Hooker

Chad Solomon

Paul Roos

WP

17

Lock

Justin Basson

Boland Landbou

Bulls

18

Lock

Abongile Nonkontwana

St Alban’s

Bulls

19

Lock

Nicolaas Janse van Rensburg

Affies

Bulls

20

Lock

RG Snyman

Affies

Bulls

21

Lock

JP du Preez

EG Jansen

Lions

22

Lock

Stephan Vermeulen

Monnas

Lions

23

Lock

Victor Sesekete

Queens High

Lions

24

Lock

Daniel du Preez

Kearsney

Sharks

25

Lock

Gideon Koegelenberg

Hugenote

Sharks

26

Lock

JD Schickerling

Paarl Gim

WP

27

Flank

Heinrich Viljoen

Affies

Bulls

28

Flank

Jandre Slabbert

Affies

Free State

29

Flank

Ramone Samuels

Paul Roos

Lions

30

Flank

Thabo Mabuza

Centurion

Lions

31

Flank

Cyle Brink

KES

Lions

32

Flank

Vincent Maropeng

Louis Botha

Lions

33

Flank

Jean-Luc du Preez

Kearsney

Sharks

34

Flank

Sias Koen

Klerksdorp

Sharks

35

Flank

Jacques Vermeulen

Paarl Gim

WP

36

No.8

Aidon Davis

Daniel Pienaar

EP Kings

37

No.8

Kevin Kaba

Queens

EP Kings

38

No.8

Jano Venter

HTS Middelburg

Lions

39

No.8

Ayron Schramm

Kearsney

Sharks

40

No.8

Ray Williams

Framesby

Sharks

41

No.8

Rikus Bothma

Paarl Gim

WP

42

Scrumhalf

JP Smith

Queens

Bulls

43

Scrumhalf

Mthokozisi Mkhabela

Glenwood

Free State

44

Scrumhalf

Cameron Wright

Hilton

Sharks

45

Scrumhalf

Justin Philips

Waterkloof

WP

46

Scrumhalf

SP Ferreira

Paul Roos

WP

47

Flyhalf

Handre Pollard

Paarl Gim

Bulls

48

Flyhalf

Kobus Marais

Waterkloof

Bulls

49

Flyhalf

Jaco Van der Walt

Monument

Lions

50

Flyhalf

Jean-Luc Du Plessis

HJS Paarl BH

Sharks

51

Flyhalf

Ryno Eksteen

Affies

WP

52

Centre

Rohan Janse van Rensburg

Waterkloof

Bulls

53

Centre

Nicolaas Lee

Affies

Free State

54

Centre

Michael Hazner

Paul Roos

Lions

55

Centre

Kock Marx

Alberton

Lions

56

Centre

Andre Esterhuizen

Klerksdorp

Sharks

57

Centre

Sandile Khubeka

Kearsney

Sharks

58

Centre

Daniel du Plessis

Paul Roos

WP

59

Centre

Daniel Kriel

M. College

Bulls

60

Centre

Neil Maritz

HJS Paarl BH

Sharks

61

Centre

Jarryd Sage

Wynberg

WP

62

Wing

Duhan van der Merwe

Outeniqua

Bulls

63

WIng

Duncan Mathews

Swartland

Bulls

64

Wing

Ganfried May

Oudtshoorn

Bulls

65

Wing

Keagon Gordon

Boland Landbou

Bulls

66

Wing

Marcus Kleinbooi

Affies

Bulls

67

Wing

Sergeal Petersen

Grey High

EP Kings

68

Wing

Dean Stokes

Brits

Leopards

69

Wing

Alrin Eksteen

Robertson

Sharks

70

Wing

Dewald Naude

HJS Paarl BH

WP

71

Wing

Grant Hermanus

Paarl Gim

WP

72

Fullback

Jesse Kriel

M. College

Bulls

73

Fullback

Warrick Gelant

Outeniqua

Bulls

74

Fullback

Lloyd Greef

Transvalia

Leopards

 

62 Comments

  1. This is a massive training group 8-O . It almost seems like fewer 2013 u19 players left out than on the list

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  2. @beet: Too many players IMO beet !! When will they cut the numbers (bearing in mind that there are only 2 training camps being held) ?
    12 props, 9 locks, 9 flanks, 10 wings, 10 centres !! I don’t see the logic in that.
    Perhaps they should test the guys when they get together at the end of March and drop those that aren’t fit enough (in comparison with the set standards).
    I have to admit though that it is quite a talented group.

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  3. Assume the prop from Boland Landbou should read Matthys Basson. Or do they have a cunning plan to convert 1.94m lock Justin Basson into a line-out option prop?

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  4. Thanks for this Beet – So I heard correctly, No Viljoen – quite a surprise really..

    Also no Jurie Linde…

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  5. Some tough choices to be made in certain positions. Scrumhalf and flyhalf will produce interesting outcomes. One assumes that Pollard is a certainty based on 2 years of experience but the battle is on for the 2nd #10 spot. I think it will be tight between du Plessis, Marais, vd Walt and Eksteen. Marais and vd Walt are better kickers while Eksteen and du Plessis are better attackers with the ball in hand.

    Scrumhalves Wright and Smith have shown what they can do at u19 level. Phillips is an untested hot contender tho.

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  6. @beet:
    Justin Basson was signed by Andre Tredoux he’s at the Cheetahs this year.
    If it wasn’t for injury Joshua Stander would be that in that list…….

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  7. @Muzi: So much time, so many opportunities and yet still so little to show for it. At least the best SBR fly in SA in 2012, JLDup, has an opportunity to impress. Now the Saarks just need to learn to manage him properly, with Swiel they have the 2 best young flys in SA on their books.

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  8. @Muzi: Okay so Basson has left the Bulls for the Cheetahs then. I probably should list him as a flank now as well.

    I also thought Dweba was at the Lions but the SARU release says Cheetahs?

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  9. Good to see our Kings boys in there, Kevy Kaba was quality last year for Kings u21s and u19s. It’s a pity he might have a very serious injury. Aidon will only be back next month from his knee injury, so he should be at the camp. Sergeal is good and fit and should be ready for the camps

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  10. @Muzi: Muzi a bit of the topic maybe. See you mention Andre as agent but he is not registered at Sarpa nor SARU as agent? There is currently confusion regarding rules and regulations when contracting schoolboys up to u/21. Can you give us more info regarding this?

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  11. 3.7 No Club or Province shall enter into a written agreement with any Player
    which enables the Player to receive Material Benefit unless:

    3.7.1 such Player has reached the age of 1 8 y e a r s ; or

    3.7.2 in the case of a Player between the age of 16 and 18 years, such
    Material Benefit takes the form of a non refundable financial grant to
    be applied only for the purposes of a Player’s academic and/or
    vocational training for a period of 12 months or longer.

    Approved by General Meeting on 6 December 2013
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    3.8 No Club or Province shall enter into an agreement with a Player under the
    age of 18 years, in terms of which:

    3.8.1 the termination date of such agreement is after the date on which the
    Player turns 18 years; or

    3.8.2 the commencement date of the agreement is on or after the date on
    which the Player turns 18 years; or

    3.8.3 the Player undertakes, promises or agrees to, or gives an option to
    enter into a Player’s contract for Material Benefit after reaching the
    age of 18 years.

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  12. So if we read the above schoolboys younger than 16 is a definite no go regarding contracting.
    Between 16 – 18 any bursaries to be paid is non refundable and may only be used for schoolfees and/or rugby related training expenses. So performance related stipulations etc is a no go.

    Interesting?

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  13. @Andre T: Ek is reeds aangespreek oor my ligsinnige en soms suggestiewe posts. So asseblief ek probeer verander. Maar moet bieg na die debakel van wie mag wie kontrakteer het Shirley my aangestel om die storie vir haar uit te klaar. Sy se sy wil graag ‘n klong of twee haarself kontrakteer. Maar sy wil nou nie op haar ouderdom tronk toe nie.

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  14. Hi Beet – this is a very big squad and with a lot of u19 players.

    To me, it looks like they are not only preparing for this years U20 world cup, but next years as-well – in terms of playing patterns etc

    I find it interesting in the article how it stated Dawie Theron will be visiting provinces to discuss there playing patterns etc – is this not where our young players perhaps lose their creativity as they are scared of making mistakes and playing outside of the game plan..?

    Anyway, looks like a strong squad, both for this year and next

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  15. 15 Warren Gelant/Jesse Kriel
    14 Sergeal Peterson
    13 Andre Esterhuizen
    12 Ryno Eksteen/Rohan Janse Van Rensburg
    11 Duhan Van Der Merwe
    10 Pollard
    9 Cameron Wright
    8 Aiden Davis
    7 J Vermeulen/JL Du Preez
    6 Heinrich Viljoen
    5 JD Schickerling/RG Snyman
    4 N Janse Van Rensburg
    3 Wilco Louw
    2 Malcolm Marx
    1 Pierre Schoeman(Captain)/Thomas du Toit
    Voila. World Champions!

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  16. @ Woltrui- I see you favour Blue Bulls players in a lot of positions and even for captain.. :wink: World champ status could be close but we all know the JNR teams have been struggling the last few years..Do not write off JP du Preez(lock) from the Lions and EG Jansen before,who was rated the tallest and one of the best players in craven week 2012..This boy is huge and strong these days..Also Dayan vd Westhuizen(Centurion-Bulls) and Frans van Wyk( Monnas-Lions) at prop and Jano Venter at lock (Lions and HTS Middelburg)

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  17. @JAKES: Jano Venter played 8 last year – surely he is still playing 8, I think he is to short to play lock…

    Even though he is blady massive, I think he weighed around 114kg last year, or so I was told…

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  18. @Jakes: :-D thought so – he is a good player that guy…

    The thing against him, and the other 8’s, is that Aidon was there last year, so he has the experience and the coaches obviously rate him as a player.

    Time will tell

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  19. 1. Pierre Schoeman
    2. Malcolm Marx
    3. Thomas du Toit
    4. JD Schickerling
    5. Nicolaas Janse van Rensburg
    6. Jean-Luc du Preez
    7. Jacques Vermeulen
    8. Rikus Bothma
    9. Justin Philips
    10. Jean-Luc Du Plessis
    11. Duhan van der Merwe
    12. Daniel du Plessis
    13. Daniel Kriel
    14. Sergeal Petersen
    15. Warrick Gelant

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  20. @Andre T: Ek lees nou dat een of ander pervert homself ontbloot het by die ouetehuis in Krugersdorp. Normaalweg beskou ek nie so iets as snaaks nie, maar wetend dat jy daar woonagtig is, het ek byna my kop af gelag. Was jy n slagoffer of was jy— Nee, dit kan sekerlik nie wees nie? Jy sal seker nie jouself so in die skande steek nie, behalwe natuurlik, as jy vooraf n handvol Viagra pille gedrink het

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  21. @BOG: Nou waaroor wil jy jou gat aflag? Ou mense in ouetehuise se sielkundige probleme is wyd bekend. Pleks gebruik jy jou invloed om die oom by te staan. Of is bystand aan oues nie “glamorous” genoeg nie. Skaam jou.

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  22. @ BOG- jy het my nou lekker laat lag met jou laaste comment.Dankie, :mrgreen: Maar alle grappies op ‘n stokkie. Het gister die video materiaal gekyk van die einste storie. Daar is darem maar siek individue hier in onse midde in SA :twisted:

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  23. There are some certainties in this group…the rest are wasting their time…Pollard at 10/ Kriel at 15/ Esterhuizen at centre with van Rensburg/ the Dups from KZN – both/ Peterson on wing/ Schoeman at prop although he is over rated in my view…Jaco van der Walt will be the second 10 for sure, Galant the utility back with Daniel Kriel…my first choice for what its worth:
    15 Kriel
    14 Peterson
    13 Esterhuizen
    12 Van Rensburg
    11 Mathews
    10 Pollard
    9 Wright
    8 Venter
    7 Du Preez
    6 Not sure
    5 Du Preez
    4 Koegelenberg
    3 Not sure
    2 Marx
    1 Not sure
    @jakes – being the tallest player in rugby doesn’t make you good bud…this JP guy was far below par outside of the line outs…he cannot carry a ball in contact and cant get to make tackles due to him being so slow…he is below par…the fact that he played B team rugby all is life barring the last year at school shows

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  24. @Boxkick: You think they will go with Venter ahead of Davis at 8..? Davis played there ahead of Venter last year…

    By the way, where is the Bulls 8 from last year? He was also blady good and had a very good final.

    1 will be Schoeman, can almost guarentee that – your backline looks spot on besides maybe 11, where Duhan could push for a spot

    At Hooker – I think Chris De Beer will push hard for a spot, he had a great season last year and will push Marx hard for a spot

    Will be interesting to watch the trial matches at the training camp

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  25. @boxkick: Some of your certainties are a waste of time, but will sadly be selected, as you rightly pointed out. No problems with Peterson, Esterhuizen, Mathews (although I would prefer vd Merwe), Koegelenberg and Marx though.

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  26. If they play Pollard at 10, they need to select a creative 1st center and Galant at 15. If both Pollard at 10 and Kriel at 15 are “certainties”, Ezterhuizen should play at 12 and Galant at 13, at the very least. Frankly, for all the bitching when Pollard was moved to 12, he plays like a 12 at 10 anyway, so personally I would move him to 12, play Esterhuizen at 13, Peterson and vd Merwe on the wings and Galant at 15. If we don’t start with players in the mold of JL Dup and Swiel at 10 soon, our rugby will continue to fall further behind NZ and the rest, true story.

    As for certainties: Philips, Schickerling, Vermeulen and Bothma, no doubt they will be playing at senior level long after we have forgotten most of the names on this list.

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  27. @Ploegskaar: I agree with your comments on flyhalf, we need a more attacking approach – JL is a brilliant player and I hope he gets a chance, although Pollard will more than likely walk into the team.

    I also like Gellant, and if the big strong Esterhuizen is inside him giving him some space, he could be deadly.

    Your young players – ie Vermeulen, Bothma etc are all in with a shout. Also keep an eye out for the young Sharks 8, Schramm – he is not as well known due to his untimely injury in the first game at CW, but he is blady good and highly rated.

    He had a great first half against the Bulls and his injury was a real pitty. He went on to play in the second part of the u19 season last year and looked really good – to boot, he has also bulked up and is looking very strong at 110kgs

    Competition is going to be massive – a very good thing for SA going forward.

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  28. I’m glad you bored old farts are speculating over this team. At least it’s keeping you busy. The Baby Blacks will slaughter them.

    The only players who’ll make an impression are The Dups, Stephan Vermeulen, Andre Esterhuizen and Chris Massyn ( not included, hope that straight right on Venter’s chin last year is not counting against him ). These boys will stand their ground. If I ever have to go the Agliotti way, these 5 will be my bodyguards I think Pollard is highly overrated.

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  29. @RBugger: I have unfortunately seen very little of Schramm, but the feedback on him has certainly been positive. 1.92m, 110Kg and a great skill-set is certainly a good start for a 8 nowadays (similar to Spies’ stats in fact).

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  30. @Ploegskaar: Oh no – not another Spies…. Spies should be the best, but I just do not know what has happened to him over the last year or two, he is missing and should think about retirement.

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  31. OMG!!! :roll: …..some people can’t accept that Handre Pollard is the best Under 20 flyhalf in this country….sheer ignorance at it’s core…he has a wealth of experience at this level….let alone he’s a damn super rugby player for goodness sake…..hate it or love it barring injury Oom Dawie Theron will select him at 10 deal with it.

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  32. @boxkick: ‘
    hmmmm maybe you have brains compared to this lot….your backline is beast…..in my honest opinion Duhan van der Merwe is a better wing than Duncan.
    Pierre Schoeman will be the first choice loose head prop….

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  33. @Ploegskaar:
    In the Under 19 final last year Massyn was evenly matched by the impressive Venter he’s a great ball carrier….his ball handling skills were appauling….hot headed at times…punching players left and right discipline will be his downfall…. :roll:

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  34. @Muzi: Look, Pollard is an excellant player – no doubt, any guy playing at the level he is at that age, is special.

    I just view him as more of a 12 type of player – big, strong guy who likes to take the ball up, perhaps I am wrong.

    The problem Muzi, and you might have a dig at me here, he is playing for the Bulls and I am worried they may have changed his playing style. All Bulls fly-halves seem to be in the same mould. He has 2 brilliant centres outside him in the S15 and I hope this gives him the freedom to play a more open game.

    Schramm just like Bothma and the rest of the youngsters, have it all to prove. School has come and gone and reputations now mean nothing, they are all on the same playing field at this camp and as the saying goes, time will tell where these guys get to

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  35. @RBugger: Pollard definitely a better 12 than 10. But must also mentioned he had the best young flyhalf , now at Lions, on his inside being Willie du Plessis. Unfortunately Pollard does not fit the mould of a Bulls inside centre. Another great Talent reduced to Bulls garbage.

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  36. @Muzi: I accept that he will be selected, but disagree that he is the best. That, Sir, is a matter of opinion, and a popular opinion is not necessarily the correct one.

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  37. @Ploegskaar: Ploeg we find that everybody is always complaining about our backlines not being on par with the rest of the world BUT nobody complain about the 10. And this all starts with coaching.
    Our rugby is coached to boredom and dullness. The coaches is becoming more important than the game.

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  38. @Tjoppa: If we assume that the cream of SA rugby talent is assembled at the various franchises and contracted because they were considered the best in their various positions, why receive more coaching outside defensive patterns, first phase and max. second phase? There is a fine line between over-coached and well-coached, example: this weekend the Sharks were a well-coached team and the Bulls obviously an over-coached team. Sadly, the Cheetahs seemed a poorly coached team and the Lions an extremely lucky team.

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  39. Ploeg due to my support to the Lions I am was a wealthy man on Saturday night. I won the biggest pot in history at the old age home. Needless to say I was the only one supporting the Lions. But do not under estimate them. I think they did well disrupting the Cheetahs and then with good defense and penalties won the game. Something like that won us the 1995 World Cup?

    But agree if we take the first season or two of the Varsity Cup and compare it with the current season. We can clearly see the effect of coaching on talent.

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  40. @Tjoppa: As jy die petrolprys van 1995 vergelyk met nou, wat sal die slotsom wees?

    Of nog beter as jy die lengtedeursnee van die tand vergelyk met die gemiddelde lengte van n ouetehuis tannie se beenhaar, wat is die slotsom?

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  41. @Andre T: Ek het nooit die “voorreg” gehad om deur wereld gerekende akademici onderrig te word nie. Mind you nooit gestudeer nie. Dus jou vrae is duidelik van ‘n akademiese aard en dus nie my sopie whiskey nie.

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  42. I would like to ask the couches above to give JP du Preez some change. You dont know how he improved in his game, the strenght he is showing. Would like to ask the couches were they get there feedback from. Let see what develope out of this. Goodluck.

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  43. @jakes: I need to react on discussing JP Du Preez of the Lions. He looks good, shows a lot of strength, and his line-outs, he’s not only taking his balls but also his opponents balls as well. I hope he gets a fair change,and the best for him at the Babyboks training camp. GO JP Go, make us proud.

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