This question is often a lot easier to answer than the chicken and egg one.
It’s a follow-on of the old debate we have here every so often about recruitment and how far a high school is willing to go to secure the services of a good rugby player from another high school.
From past experience I know that when one strips it down, when a high school offers a promising rugby player older than grade-8 level, a sports scholarship, the primary reason is to boost that school’s rugby. Yeah other things may have been factored into the equation but the added value towards achieving better results on the field of play is the deal sealer.
I’ve also learned that when it comes to a promising rugby player acquired by one high school from another, judge each case individually. The surfacy things tend to look the same and lead to the same opinions on the matter but when you drill down into the finer, often not for public consumption aspects that play key roles in transfers, sometimes it can cause shifts in views.
Anyway I came across this recent recruitment which involved a rugby player from a very decent rugby (and academic) school in the Cape who was recruited by another school over 1600km away. It just seems crazy. The extent to which a school will go to acquire a player of quality and again asks about the ethical responsibility of the school’s decision makers to act in a manner that puts the kid ahead of the rugby at all times. Long story short, I found out about this move because after spending less than a week at his new school, the boy was back at his old stomping ground in the Cape. Things obviously didn’t work out ±1600km from home or this old school improved on the new deal he had, who knows for sure.