South Africa set to lose over 20 of their top schoolboys to overseas clubs

South Africa set to lose over 20 of their top schoolboys to overseas clubs

A number of Springboks will be lost to overseas-based clubs following their victorious Rugby World Cup campaign with numerous players heading to Japan and Europe.

However, the exodus of talent is set to continue with Afrikaans newslet, the Rapport, reporting that 22 schoolboy talents are in talks over contracts abroad or have already signed deals.

Seven players from South Africa's top-ranked schoolboy side, Grey College in Bloemfontein, are set to leave South African shores after school with the majority of the players heading to France, but some will also head for Australia, Japan, England and Ireland.

It is likely that this list will grow longer as one of Rassie Erasmus' objectives are as Springbok director of Rugby is to decrease the number of contracted players in the South African franchises. 

Below is the list of 22 players according to the Rapport:

List of players leaving SA (19):

Grey College

Tiaan Jonker (lock/No 8): Rebels (Australia)

Marcell Muller (wing): Montpellier (France)

Lesley Botha (centre): Montpellier (France)

FC du Plessis (flyhalf): Toulon (France)

Danwich Beukes (flank/lock): Toulon (France)

Paul Roos

Jarrod Cairns (loose forward): Rebels (Australia)

Kade Wolhuter (fullback/flyhalf): Montpellier (France)

Robbie Rodgers (prop): Montpellier (France)


Werner Kruger (prop): France


Zeilinga Strydom (fullback): Stade Français (France)

Jaryd Scheepers (lock): University in Australia

Paarl Gim

Pierich Siebert (flank): Japan

Stephan du Toit (centre): Japan

Voortrekker, Bethlehem

Steyl Barnard (lock): Beziers (France)


Romuald Ntumba (flank): Pau (France)


Sergio Moreira (lock): Montpellier (France)

Paarl Boys' High

Rynhardt Rijnsburger (prop): Club unknown

St Andrew's College

Chris Poole (hooker): Ulster (Ireland)

St John's College

Alexander Groves (lock): Bristol (England)

Players in talks with a move abroad (3):


Jacques-Lois du Toit (hooker): Stade Français (France)

Grey College

George Cronje (No 8): France

Jan-Hendrik Wessels (prop): France

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