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KZN schoolboy rugby players that became Springboks

29 Oct, 2014 beet 148

KwaZulu-Natal is very passionate about schoolboy rugby. For decades school rugby in the region has been well organised, had good infrastructure and enjoyed a very strong support base. Many, many good rugby players have been produced by a number of schools in the province. However very few of these talented players have gone on to play for the Springboks. The truth is that as much as KZN loves their rugby and as big a part as the region plays in the overall well-being of the sport in this country, the province’s schools only account for just over 6% of the players that have represented South Africa on the international stage.…

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Sharks under 19 contracted players for 2015

29 Oct, 2014 beet 40

Sharks CEO John Smit has changed a number of things during his first year in charge at Kings Park but one that looks likely to stay the same is the union’s approach to contracting junior players.  Only 12 junior contracts for 2015 have been awarded. 11 to schoolboys with the other going to current Sharks under-19 starter Chris Lines who is still under-18 this year. …

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Michaelhouse well represented in Currie Cup Final 2014

24 Oct, 2014 beet 7

The analysis below was forwarded to blogger Steve. It’s of the schools of origin of the players in Saturdays Currie Cup final per SARFU’s data. As always it makes for interesting reading in terms of some of the “smaller” rugby schools contribution to SA rugby and certainly from a Michaelhouse perspective 5 players is a first (there were 4 in the 2011 final at Ellis Park which was unprecedented at the time). 24 out of 44!…

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A new over-age player at Glenwood allegation

20 Oct, 2014 beet 190

The Sunday Times article of 19 October 2014 entitled “School rugby in crisis as hulks loom over lads” had a subheading: “Allegations that team is using an over-aged boy” which refers to a Glenwood 1st XV rugby player of 2014. …

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St Andrew’s loss is Graeme College’s gain

19 Oct, 2014 beet 10

St Andrew’s College of Grahamstown is in the process of finding a new Director of Rugby. The reason for this is that Old Selbornian Allan Miles, their head of rugby for the past five seasons has decided not to renew his contract. He will instead be follow a different career path by take up a full-time teaching post and senior housemaster position at neighbouring Graeme College, starting in 2015.…

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SA Schools to senior cricket conversion rate (1994-2010)

19 Oct, 2014 beet 20

A concerned parent forwarded this.

Using the SA Schools cricket team by year lists available on the website, he was able to identify that between the 1994 team containing legendary wicketkeeper Mark Boucher and the 2010 team which capped the rising international star Quinton de Kock, 79 out of 243 listed places belonged to players who went on to make it to senior cricket level. That’s just a shade under 33% or 1 out of every 3.…

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Craven Week, Academy Week, Grant Khomo Week 2015 Dates & Venues

15 Oct, 2014 beet 5
u13 Craven Week 29 June – 3 July Hoërskool Rob Ferreira
White River
u16 Grant Khomo Week 6 – 9 July Bridgton Sports Grounds
u18 Academy Week 06 – 10 July Isak Steyl Stadium
u18 Craven Week 13 – 18 July Markötter Fields, PRG


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Blue Bulls & KZN Share The Spoils at IPT 2014

13 Oct, 2014 beet 12

After an intense week of youth club rugby hosted by the KZNRU at Woodburn Stadium in Pietermaritzburg, the Blue Bulls and KZN Duikers emerged as winners in the five participating age groups.

The Blue Bulls were victorious in the Under 13, Under 14 and Under 15 age groups with KZN lifting the trophies in the Under 16 and Under 18 age groups.…

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WP wins National u18 Sevens tournament 2014

7 Oct, 2014 beet 7

Monument of Krugersdorp hosted the fourth National under-18 Sevens tournament from Monday to Tuesday 06 – 07 October 2014. 15 provincial teams and Namibia took part. The Valke were the defending champions. Western Province beat South Western Districts 31-24 in the Cup Final to claim the 2014 title. …