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Chikukwa in Baby Boks Squad

EIGHTHMAN Tendayi Chikukwa has been included in the South Africa Under 20 squad for next month’s IRB Junior World Championships in Japan.

The Harare-born loose forward, who was educated at Pretoria Boys High, is a trainee at the Pretoria-based franchise Blue Bulls.

In Japan, Chikukwa will compete for the eighthman role with Bulls teammate Christiaan Stander.

The Baby Boks side is captained by Springbok Sevens star Robert Ebersohn.

Most of the players in the team have already represented their unions at the Vodacom Cup level.

The Under 20 tournament, which replaced the annual Under 19 and Under 21 tournaments run by the IRB, debuted last year in Wales, where New Zealand emerged as inaugural champions.

This year’s tournament is expected to be even tougher with Australia naming nine players with Super 14 caps in their squad.

Meanwhile, tight-head prop Tendai “Beast” Mtawarira has expectedly been included in the Springboks training squad to play a Namibian Invitation XI in Windhoek on May 29.

The Boks are preparing for the highly anticipated British Lions tour of South Africa next month.

There was however no place for Mtawarira’s fellow Zimbabwean-born prop Brian Mujati, who has been signed up by English Guinness Premiership side Northampton.

Mujati’s departure for England is set to disturb his international career as South Africa seldom selects overseas-based players.

Mujati’s surprise move to England seems to have been motivated by few opportunities at Super 14 side Stormers due to nagging injuries. — Staff Writer.

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