South Africa A national rugby union team
South Africa 'A', also formerly known as the Junior Springboks or the Emerging Springboks, are the second national rugby union team representing South Africa, below the senior national team, the Springboks. Until 2018, it was also under the South Africa Under-20 team in the country's rugby hierarchy, but World Rugby changed its regulations to prohibit unions from designating an under-20 team as its second 15-a-side team.
|Union||South African Rugby Union|
|Nickname(s)||Springboks, Springbokke, Boks, Bokke, |
|Emblem(s)||the Springbok and the Protea|
|Captain(s)||Juan de Jongh|
They competed in the Nations Cup in 2007 and 2008 alongside the full national teams of Namibia, Romania and Georgia as well as Argentina Jaguars and Italy A. They also sporadically play touring sides such as the British and Irish Lions.
The team is made up of players of all ages and is not a youth side. The selection criteria vary, and it has been used most recently to give potential Springboks a taste of international rugby or to give experienced Springboks playing time to improve fitness or form.
On 23 May 2017, it was announced that Lions head coach Johan Ackermann would coach the South Africa 'A' squad in their two-match series against the touring French Barbarians. The 26-man squad below was named for the series. Lwazi Mvovo and Seabelo Senatla were subsequently called-up in place of Jamba Ulengo (injured) and Lionel Mapoe (called up to the Springbok squad) respectively.
|South Africa 'A' squad|