Two promising young rugby players have left Grey College and returned to their old stomping ground Selborne after spending just a few months in Bloemfontein.
There is a second thing that just about all the news making sportsmen who have left Selborne for anywhere in the hopes of finding greener pastures have in common – they have all as some stage desperately wanted to return to the East London school.
Not all who have had that overwhelming desire to return have been given the opportunity, but this week the two lucky under-17 rugby players will once again get to experience that home is where the heart is feeling that Selborne clearly invokes. Selborne must be doing something right! And perhaps it takes leaving for some to truly appreciate what makes the place so special.
Both youngsters were exceptional for Selborne at under-16 level last year and got invited to SARU’s green squad camp held at the end of the third term in 2017.
For 2018 and beyond they initially pledged their futures to Grey College and went on to be part of Grey’s 1st XV squad for the opening match at Welkom Gymnasium.
Making the 1st XV at Grey College is no mean feat. The competition for places is fierce in any given year. To achieve 1st XV squad member status as an under-17 is an outstanding accomplishment, especially when one factors in that in 2017 Grey had such a good under-16 team containing numerous high quality players.
A fair assumption would have been to say that the two youngsters were living the dream at Grey College, but as it turned out, it was not their dream.
Now the next challenge lies with Selborne’s coaching staff and school management. How do they go about integrating these two returners into their 1st XV in an acceptable manner and without disruptions?