Ma­ture Baby Boks

The New Age (Free State) - - FRONT PAGE - MMASEKEPE MATSEBANE

BABY Boks coach Chean Roux has de­cided to go with the tried and tested for the big clash against France for the open­ing match of the World Rugby U-20 Cham­pi­onship which kicks off in Tbil­isi, Ge­or­gia to­day.

In try­ing to win the tour­na­ment for the sec­ond time since 2012, Roux has given ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers such as Man­nie Lib­bock, Cur­win Bosch, Ernst van Rhyn, Zain Davids, St­ed­man Gans and Carl Sadie start­ing berths.

All these play­ers were part of last year’s tour­na­ment in Manch­ester, where the Baby Boks could only man­age a fourth place fin­ish.

Roux said he al­ways knew who he wanted to play and he is bank­ing on a fly­ing start at the tour­na­ment.

“The ex­pe­ri­ence the play­ers will bring from last year will cer­tainly be ben­e­fi­cial against France. They know what it is like to play for their coun­try in front of a crowd and to sing the national an­them. Hope­fully that ex­pe­ri­ence will fil­ter down to the other play­ers mak­ing their de­buts,” Roux said.

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