South Africa Under20 coach Dawie Theron was in good spirits ahead of the BabyBoks’ IRB Junior World Championships Final against New Zealand this week.
“This is what we’ve worked, the time has come,” a relaxed Theron told irb.com.
Click below to listen to Theron interview with irb.com ahead of the JWC Final:
A childhood dream
While any match between traditional rivals South Africa and New Zealand is always a match to look forward to, both skippers admitted that today’s Final at one of the world’s oldest rugby theaters (Newlands) is a ‘childhood dream.”
Baby Blacks co-captain Bryn Hall revealed the final was a childhood dream for New Zealanders, while his counterpart Wian Liebenberg echoed that sentiment and the view that to be deserved champions you have to “beat the best”.
“It is a childhood dream to play South Africa, especially in their home stadium in a final,” insisted Hall. “There’s nothing more than a Kiwi boy wants than to play a final, especially against a South African team as good as they are. It’s a dream, not only for myself but for all the boys.”
Liebenberg, who returns to the Junior Boks starting line up in place of IRB Junior Player of the Year nominee Shaun Adendorff having fully recovered from a hand injury, added: “We just wanted to get to the final and win the final.
“It doesn’t really matter which team we play against but I would say playing against New Zealand is special in the sense that whenever New Zealand and South Africa are playing against each other it is going to be a big match.
“I think because they have been reigning champions for so long, if we beat them then we can truly say we are the new champions.”