South Africa 'A' national rugby union team
|Union||South African Rugby Union|
Springboks, Springbokke, Boks, Bokke, |
|Emblem(s)||the Springbok and the Protea|
South Africa 'A', also formerly referred to as the Junior Springboks or the Emerging Springboks, are the fourth national rugby union team in South Africa after the national side, the South Africa Under-20 team and the national sevens team.
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 necessarily a junior side. The selection criterion vary; played representing the Emerging Springboks may not have represented the Springboks before.
On 28 May 2016, it was announced that Lions head coach Johan Ackermann would coach the South Africa 'A' squad in their two-match series against the touring England Saxons. The 23-man squad below was named for the series.
Franco Mostert was initially named in the squad, but an injury suffered by Pieter-Steph du Toit saw Mostert promoted to the national team on 31 May 2016 and Stephan Lewies replacing Mostert in the 'A' team.
|South Africa 'A' squad|
|(c) denotes team captain.|
- "Ackermann to coach SA 'A' against Saxons". South African Rugby Union. 28 May 2016. Archived from the original on 31 May 2016. Retrieved 31 May 2016.
- "Mostert replaces Du Toit in Springbok squad". South African Rugby Union. 31 May 2016. Archived from the original on 31 May 2016. Retrieved 31 May 2016.
- "'Oupa' Mohoje named captain of SA 'A' team". South African Rugby Union. 5 June 2016. Archived from the original on 6 June 2016. Retrieved 6 June 2016.
- "Springboks release four squad members to SA "A" side". South African Rugby Union. 7 June 2016. Archived from the original on 7 June 2016. Retrieved 7 June 2016.