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Kingswood first out of the blocks in the Eastern Cape

31 Jan, 2014 beet 0

It would have been acceptable for Kingswood, a small private co-ed from Grahamstown to be amongst the last of the Eastern Cape schools to get their 1st XV rugby for 2014 up and running. Although they don’t the student numbers of most rival schools, Kingswood remains competitive in sports across the board during the year thanks to the commitment of boys,

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Porties are ready for the Night Series

31 Jan, 2014 beet 16

If Christmas is the season to be jolly, rugby preseason is time for supporters to be optimistic. The actual season doesn’t always work out the way people planned though. That said Port Natal fans genuinely have cause to feel confident going into the 2014 season. Firstly their 1st XV has far more experience in terms of first team caps that the one that did duty last season. Also broadening the smiles on the faces of the support base was the successful set of trial chukkas held at the school 0n 17 January, merely one week into the new school year. …

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Chances of 2014 KZN Top Schools Rugby Fest at Kings Park look bleak

30 Jan, 2014 beet 5

In a nutshell organisers are finding it difficult to find a suitable date to fit in with the majority of schools. They haven’t given up though and if they can get most or some of the top schools to agree on a date, the event will go ahead.

Last year’s Top Schools Rugby Festival was the first of it’s kind for KZN and deemed to be a huge success by all who attended. 10 KZN schools participated in friendly preseason 20-min per half games. Hilton and Michaelhouse were the only absentees.…

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Monnas rugby fixtures 2014

30 Jan, 2014 beet 2

The saying goes “you can’t keep a good man down” and the same can be said of a good rugby school. Over the past couple of seasons Monument from Krugersdorp has not achieved bad results but overall they have not been what one has come to expect from a school that sets its rugby bar very high. 2014 could be the season that sees them return to a ranking position amongst the very top rugby schools in South Africa.

The detailed Monnas Witbulle fixture list also provides important dates of both Golden Lions regional schools and national events coming up. It’s worth perusing.…

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Bizsport Glenwood Festival 2014

29 Jan, 2014 beet 20

Finalised Fixtures!

For the second year running, the Bizsport Festival will take place at Glenwood in Durban. 81 games are scheduled to be played over 6 days, beginning on 31 March 2014. The age groups participating range from under-14 all the way up to open (under-19).…

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Clifton College swelling in numbers

29 Jan, 2014 beet 20

The Clifton College intake for Grade 8 this year is in the region of 100 boys, making it by far their biggest class since the high school came into being. Doing the maths suggests that if they continue to enroll this many students every year, they will be up to 500 boys in the high school by 2018.…

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WP under-16 Elite Squad for 2014

29 Jan, 2014 beet 5

The WP under-16 Elite Squad was named during September 2013. A new list was put out this week. It contains just two changes – C Serdyn (HJS) and R Harris (Scottsdene) have been added.…

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WP under-18 Elite Group for 2014

29 Jan, 2014 beet 36

Updated: The names of the players chosen for the Western Province under-18 Elite group, which will practice regularly throughout the close season, were originally announced on Wednesday 11 September 2013. Recently a revised list was put out with Rondebosch prop Ashwyn Adam and Gimmies’ flyhalf Walter Smit being added, while another Rondebosch player Zain Davids is moved from prop to his more accustomed position on the flank.…

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Many coaching changes made 2013 a hectic year in KZN

28 Jan, 2014 beet 22

What an eventful year 2013 turned out to be in terms of reporting news mainly about personnel changes in rugby-related posts at KwaZulu-Natal’s leading rugby high schools. So much happened last year. It seems almost impossible for 2014 to be as busy a year in this regard.…

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2014 Western Province u19’s could be as good as the 2010 team

27 Jan, 2014 beet 62

The Western Province Rugby Institute (WPRI) recently held an opening function to welcome this year’s batch of aspiring professionals to their world class facility in Stellenbosch. Judging by the talent they managed to secure, there is every chance that a WP under-19 team coming out of this group could contain as much skill and potential as the successful WP under-19 team of 2010.…

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2014 school rugby fixtures of Pretoria’s big guns

27 Jan, 2014 beet 11

This is not the completed product but a useful first look at what the top Pretoria rugby schools Affies, Centurion, Eldoraigne, Garsfontein, Menlopark, Pretoria Boys High, St Alban’s and Waterkloof will have on their plates this season. …

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Going rate of a school rugby player poaching package

27 Jan, 2014 beet 133

The parent of a prominent up and coming Western Province age-group elite squad rugby player let the cat out of the bag with regards to the current type of offer that gets put on the table for a high school slash rugby union alliance inspired under-16 or older relocation to another province. In this particular case the offer was refused.…

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Shawn van Rensburg named as Glenwood Director of Rugby

26 Jan, 2014 beet 8

Glenwood has added the last piece to the puzzle in their efforts to replace former Head Coach and Director of Rugby Sean Erasmus (now at Paarl Boys High). Last year experienced assistant coach Rudi Dames was promoted to head coach and late last week the KZN school issued a press release confirming that former pro rugby player Shawn van Rensburg had taken over the reigns as Director of Rugby.…

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DHS aiming to get R45 million for scholarships & capex

26 Jan, 2014 beet 27

From the DHS website:

Durban High School (DHS), one of the oldest boys’ high schools in Kwazulu-Natal, is set to benefit from income on the investment of the proceeds of the sale of the property, which is currently occupied by the DHS Old Boy’s Club and some lessees. The property belongs to The Durban High School Foundation Trust.


The property, which is approximately 4,3 hectares (43 000 m2) in extent, is flanked by Marlborough Crescent and Gainsborough Drive in Durban North and is expected to realize above R45m. 

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EG Jansen accused of kidnapping 2 u15 rugby players

24 Jan, 2014 beet 41

A story in the Beeld yesterday ( tells of how Vereeniging Gymnasium opened a case of kidnapping against EG Jansen teachers at the police station. This was after the two EG Jansen teachers allegedly drove onto the Gimmies premises last week to picked up two “brilliant” Gimmies rugby players and then left without informing either the Gimmies hostel housemaster or the teacher on duty of their intentions.

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OFS stands for Opportunity Free State

23 Jan, 2014 beet 11

2013 was meant to be the Kings’ Super Rugby break though season but from a South African standpoint the tournament will probably be best remembered for the achievements of the Cheetahs from Free State.

The positives from that campaign seem to have reinvigorated Free State rugby. …

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Court dismisses St Charles cricket parent’s case

23 Jan, 2014 beet 10

The St Charles College (Pietermaritzburg) parent that sued his son’s school because they dropped his son as captain (asking the court to reinstate his son as captain) had his application dismissed with costs on Tuesday, 22 January 2014.…

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Steroids quite easy to buy

22 Jan, 2014 beet 30

Okay so today a social media picture of a known SBR rugby player did the rounds and caused quite a stir, prompting numerous discussions about the use of steroids in school and post-school sport.…