This very old school rugby festival which started in 1980 and is held during the July school holidays every second year, pitting Eastern Cape schools against Western Cape schools, looks like it may have run its course.
The Eastern Cape schools – Dale, Grey High, Muir, Queen’s and Selborne – seem keen to continue but there isn’t too much love coming from the Western Cape. Bellville, SACS and Rondebosch seem like they are prepared to back the event. However the likes of Boland Landbou, DF Malan, Paarl Gim and Wynberg are less interested and have given it the thumbs down in 2019.
So for the organisers (Muir College are meant to host it in 2019) it’s either come up with a plan or turf it.
One of the challenges the event faces is its proximity to the youth weeks which are also held during the same holiday period.
There’s an untapped market for under-17 schoolboy rugby. Perhaps CSW should try reinventing itself as a festival catering for the Gr.11’s (stayers)???