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Stefan Terblanche to host “Great Debate” at Maritzburg College

29 Sep, 2014 beet 132

The SchoolboyRugby Blog had the honour of Stefan Terblanche doing some free publicity work for the website via twitter recent. But before anyone gets overexcited that Stefan’s now taking a greater interest in school rugby its worth mentioning that he is hosting a Gala Debate Evening at Maritzburg College on 01 October, so his tweets are probably just amounted to a bit of self-promotion more than anything else (not that I’m unhappy about it :) )…

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Sharks u19 vs EP u19: do or die time!

25 Sep, 2014 beet 29

The Sharks and Eastern Province under-19 teams clash in a must win round-robin match at Kings Park on Saturday, 27 September 2014 (09h30).  Along with the Golden Lions, the the three teams find themselves battling it out for the last remaining semifinal spot in this year ABSA under-19 competition. The Lions have a bye this weekend but appear to have a slightly easier finish after that, so defeat for either of the other two will probably spell the end of their hopes of making the playoffs. …

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Westville has a new rugby assistant coach

25 Sep, 2014 beet 12


Dean Carelse is officially the new Westville 1st XV rugby assistant coach. Carelse joined Westville from Grey High, where he had at a stage been the 1st XV coach. In this his first rugby season at Westville in 2014, he was head coach of their under-16A team. So it has been a meteoric rise to the top. You can find out more about Dean Carelse’s background here: link

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School Rugby Top 30 Combo Final Rankings 2014 – using 6 school rugby websites

21 Sep, 2014 beet 26

It wasn’t that long ago that there was just one national school rugby ranking system, now every about every website that covers rugby has it’s own one. Here is the combined effect of 6 such website’s rankings. Points have been allocated on the basis of 20 for 1st, 19 for 2nd, etc, etc. while the remaining few teams are from those who were ranked best outside the Top 20.…

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Selborne refuses to play Glenwood at KERF 2015

21 Sep, 2014 beet 372

The original Kearsney Easter Festival fixture list had Selborne and Glenwood matched up to play on Day-3, Monday, 06 April 2015. Selborne subsequently held a meeting Friday, 12 September 2014 and a decision was made on Monday, 15 September not to honour the Glenwood fixture. …

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Bleak future for quality pro rugby in SA

20 Sep, 2014 beet 8

I switched on the telly this morning and caught the highlights of the UEFA Champions League (UCL) soccer match between Ajax Amsterdam of Holland and Paris St Germain (PSG) of France. And I know, I know, not many of you who come to read the pages here have any time for soccer but bear with me – I believe there are going to be some parallels to be drawn between the declining Dutch football league (Eredivisie) and the future of professional rugby structures in South Africa.…

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2 new rugby coaches for Affies

17 Sep, 2014 beet 2

Affies have upped their game by appointed two new 1st XV coaches ahead of the 2015 school rugby season. Jan-Hendrik Hattingh (history teacher) and Jaco Koch (gym manager/biokineticist) will take charge of the Witbulle backs and forwards respectively. Koch’s promotion means a new conditioning coach Janus Kruger (previously Boishaai) also comes into the mix.…

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Kearsney in the market for a new rugby coach

15 Sep, 2014 beet 8

Existing Kearsney head coach Frank Lubbe enjoyed a fitting end to his tenure at Kearsney when his team won the Voortrekker Sevens tournament on Saturday. Ironically the team they beat in the final was Maritzburg College, where Lubbe will ply his trade next year. On Botha’s Hill, the process to find his replacement is underway. Including Lubbe, Kearsney has had just 10 head coaches during a total of 73 seasons as a KwaZulu-Natal tier-1 team.…

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EG Jansen stayers to tour England & France

9 Sep, 2014 beet 9

Dr EG Jansen of Boksburg will embark on an 11-day (27 Nov – 07 Dec) end of year rugby tour to England and France, which will include matches against at least three different teams. 34 stayers will make up the touring party and each player is guaranteed to play in two games. …

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Affies’ return to the Beeldtrofee shortlived

8 Sep, 2014 beet 66

Affies’ return to and limited participation in the Beeldtrofee Macro schools competition did not last long. It was just a half a season long return in fact for the school that holds the record number of wins in the tournaments long and illustrious history.…

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Garsfontein teammates become opponents

8 Sep, 2014 beet 10

When it was brought to my attention, this one sort of reminded me of the late Gerbrand Grobler who in the latter part of his sports career would charge into the crease to deliver a ball for the Northern Transvaal cricket team during the summer months and then cross the Jukskei and turn out at fullback for the Transvaal rugby team during winter.…