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South African Universities Name Squad to Take on All Americans

Friday Jul 31, 2009 in Elite Level Rugby Other International News

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South African Universities has selected its squad to play the Collegiate All-Americans on Wednesday, August 5 and Saturday, August 8.

Of the 25 players selected to do duty against Americans, 23 were involved in the 2009 Varsity Cup, South Africa’s premier university competition.

"It was a natural progression for the Varsity Cup to invest in the SA Universities side, as all these players have had a taste of Varsity Cup rugby in one way or another and they now have the opportunity of moving up to the next level," Varsity Cup Chairman Francois Pienaar said. "From our perspective, providing opportunities to players who deserve them is always a good investment and we're very excited by our involvement in these two fixtures and with the SA Universities team on the whole."


Aside from the eight Stellenbosch players in the squad, UJ and Pukke have both provided four players to the group, UCT three players, Shimlas and Fort Hare two and Tuks and NMMU one player each.


The 2009 Varsity Cup Player of the Tournament - Maties scrumhalf Donald Stevens, Forward of the Tournament - Pukke No.8 Willem van der Wal, and Back of the Tournament - UCT's Therlow Pietersen, have all been included in what is an exciting 25-man SA Universities squad.


The SA Universities squad:

Forwards:
Willem van der Wal (Pukke, No.8)
Jonathan Adendorf (Maties, flank)
Wesley Wilkins (Maties, flank)
Cameron Peverett (Maties, flank)
Sokana Mokana (Fort Hare, loose forward)
Martin Muller (UCT, lock)
Jaco Nepgen (Maties, lock)
Rob Andrew (UJ, lock)
Lourens Adriaanse (Maties, prop)
BG Uys (Pukke, prop)
Jaco Koch (Pukke, prop)
Pierre Hammond (NMMU, prop)
Stoffel Duvenhage (Pukke, hooker)
Edgar Marutlulle (UJ, hooker)


Backs:
Therlow Pietersen (UCT, fullback)
Earl Lewis (UJ, fullback)
Clayton Blommetjies (Tukkies, wing)
Ziniko Dumaphi (Fort Hare, wing)
Morné Jooste (Maties, wing)
Cameron Jacobs (Shimlas, centre)
Paul Bosch (Maties, centre)
Matthew Rosslee (UCT, flyhalf)
André Smith (UJ, flyhalf)
Donald Stevens (Maties, scrumhalf)
Marlin Ruiters (Shimlas, scrumhalf)

SA Universities fixtures v Collegiate All-Americans:
Wednesday, August 5 - Danie Craven Stadium, 9pm
Saturday, August 8 - Newlands Rugby Stadium, 3pm

 

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