UCT go experimental

Reigning Varsity Cup champions, FNB UCT, have announced an experimental-looking squad for the 2011 USSA Week – a great opportunity for the next tier of players at the club.

The youthful-looking 25-man squad will be captain by Varsity Cup-winning skipper Nick Fenton-Wells, with Wes Chetty (prop), Piet Olivier (prop), Brad Bosman (lock), Jannie Bester (wing) and Nick Holton (flyhalf/centre) the only other players boasting VC experience.

Youngsters like James Kilroe, Jaime Manuel (the brother of Varsity Cup lock Pallo), Kyle Kriel, Robin Williams, Stephen Wallace and Awande Khumalo will all be looking to make an impact – especially with the all-new Varsity Cup Under-20 tournament on the horizon next year.

Ikey Tigers team manager Lisa Brown said  “This is a great opportunity for [coach] Footie to test the depth at the club and also for the Under-20 coach to have a look at some prospects for next year.

“Players like Nick and Wes will provide plenty experience, but we’ve called on some Under-20 players and also some second and third team players – all of whom deserve a chance to push their claims for first team honours.”

The Ikey ‘cubs’ will take on Varsity College (an amalgamation from KwaZulu-Natal – including players from the Sharks Academy) on Monday at 12pm. Their other fixtures – for Wednesday and Friday – will be confirmed as the tournament progresses.

The FNB UCT squad:
Wes Chetty
James Kilroe
Brad Bosman
Nick Fenton-Wells (captain)
Mini Bhengu
Lance Bezuidenhout
Nic Rosslee
Matthew September
Peter Olivier
Callan Artis
Mica Khotso
Josh Katzen
Jaime Manuel
Robin Williams
Kyle Kriel
Stephen Wallace
Richard Stewart
Jannie Bester
Ian Armstrong
Matt Russell
Darren Berry
Nick Mills
Nick Holton
Awande Khumalo
Angelo Pecego
Kevin Foote (head coach)
Dave Wessels
Paul Day
Lisa Brown
Tiaan Campher
Mike van Rheede
JJ Gagiano