Springbok Under-20 utility back Craig Barry was on Tuesday ruled out of the 2011 IRB Junior World Championship due to injury and will be replaced by MTN Lions fullback Jaco Taute, who will join the Baby Boks in Treviso as early as Wednesday.
Barry sustained a right groin muscle injury on Monday during training. The Baby Boks face Ireland in Treviso later tonight (20h10 in South Africa, 02h00 here in Hong Kong) and play England in their final Pool C match in Padova on Saturday.
The Baby Boks kicked off their 2011 campaign with a 33-0 victory over Scotland on Friday.
Baby Boks coach Dawie Theron at the match vs. Scotland (Pic: Mike Jansen)
“It’s disappointing to lose a player at a tournament where there is a four-day turn-round, and our sympathy goes out to Craig who still has a bright future in rugby,” said SA Under-20 coach Dawie Theron.
“Craig is one of a few players that have been part of our setup this season that will have another opportunity to represent the Baby Boks at next year’s IRB Junior World Championship in South Africa. He has also been part of the Springbok Sevens structures for the past few months, and I am confident that he will easily slot back into their systems as soon as he has recovered from this injury.
“The injury to Craig affords someone else an opportunity at this level. Jaco represented the Baby Boks during last year’s IRB Junior World Championship, and has the necessary experience. He was not considered for selection to the SA U20 squad as we maintained a selection criterion that players had to attend local training camps to be considered for selection.
“Jaco did not attend any training camps due to Vodacom Super Rugby commitments for the MTN Lions. But their Vodacom Super Rugby campaign has concluded and he is now available. He has been in excellent form this year at Vodacom Super Rugby level, and his selection is a logical rugby choice as he still qualifies to represent the SA Under-20s this year.”
To view: The game will be broadcast live on SuperSport 1 from 20:00.
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