Sharks Academy Rugby Bursaries at the Kearsney Easter Rugby Festival 2008-2019

2019 Award winners from Kearsney Media release:

Valued at over R100 000 each, recipients of the Sharks Academy bursaries are Glenwood prop Blaine Golden, Selborne College centre Mtungwa Mapantsela and Dr EG Jansen loose forward Juandre Odendaal. The bursary includes a contract with the Academy next year, accommodation and a tuition bursary with one of its education partners.

THE NEW REALITY IN SOUTH AFRICA – ACADEMIES ARE THE WAY TO GO!

The reality is that with the death of the National u19 Championship, the players that do not get into a class Academy system will perhaps never make the step up since full-time university studies are very demanding, as they quite rightfully should be.
It’s widely accepted amongst leading rugby scouts in South Africa that that the Varsity Cup is very well marketed but the quality player out of it only (if he does develop) comes out at between ages 23 and 25. The rugby franchises need their guys ready at age 21 now at most. This is due to the expense of current internationals on their Union books and the ongoing off-shore opportunities that drain the player base once they pick up experience. This is fact! Just a comparison of the quality players who entered that type of system three or four years ago versus those who entered the HP system and its a pretty straight up result.

 

# Year Player award winner School Position The year after school Success%
42 2019 Juandre Odendaal 1 of 3 EG Jansen 1 of 7 Flank
41 2019 Blaine Golden 1 of 9 Glenwood 1 of 7 Prop
40 2019 Mntungwa Mapantsela 1 of 5 Selborne 1 of 5 Centre
39 2018 Christie Grobelaar 1 of 1 Drostdy 2 of 5 Centre Joined the SA Sevens Academy. 0%
38 2018 Lindokuhle Luthuli 2 of 9 Glenwood 2 of 7 Flank Joined the Sharks Academy. 100%
37 2018 Jacques Odendaal 1 of 4 Kearsney 1 of 4 Flyhalf Joined Maties. 0%
36 2018 Sibu Sangweni 2 of 4 Kearsney 3 of 7 Flank Joined the Golden Lions. SA u20 player in 2019. 0%
35 2017 Aphelele Fassi 1 of 6 Dale 2 of 4 Flyhalf Joined the Sharks Academy. Sharks Super Rugby player. 100%
34 2017 Siphamandla Matsinya 2 of 6 Dale 1 of 6 Wing Joined the Sharks Academy. 100%
33 2017 Lindsay Potgieter 1 of 1 Framesby 1 of 6 Fullback Stayed on in PE for personal reasons. 0%
32 2017 Jason Raubenheimer 2 of 5 Selborne 2 of 6 Fullback Joined Free State/CUT. 0%
31 2016 Aphelele Fassi 3 of 6 Dale 3 of 6 Fullback Joined the Sharks Academy. Sharks Super Rugby player in 2019. 100%
30 2016 Sibulele Mbana 4 of 6 Dale 3 of 5 Centre Gave up rugby to work in the construction industry. 0%
29 2016 Renier van Rooyen 3 of 9 Glenwood 2 of 7 Prop Joined the Sharks Academy. 100%
28 2015 Nico Peyper 2 of 3 EG Jansen 1 of 1 Hooker Joined the Blue Bulls. 0%
27 2015 Jaydon Morgan 4 of 9 Glenwood 4 of 6 Fullback Held out for a union contract elsewhere which did not materialise. 0%
26 2015 Khuthazani Mchunu 5 of 9 Glenwood 3 of 7 Prop Joined the Sharks Academy. Sharks Super Rugby player in 2019. 100%
25 2015 Jordan Chait 1 of 1 SACS 3 of 4 Flyhalf Joined WPRI. A 2019 Maties Varsity Cup star . 0%
24 2015 Heinrich Nieuwenhuizen 3 of 5 Selborne 4 of 7 Flank Joined Free State University. 0%
23 2014 Justerino Davids 5 of 6 Dale 5 of 6 Fullback Joined the Sharks Academy. 100%
22 2014 Curtis Jonas 6 of 9 Glenwood 4 of 4 Flyhalf Joined the Golden Lions. 0%
21 2014 Kenny van Niekerk 7 of 9 Glenwood 4 of 7 Prop Joined the Golden Lions. 0%
20 2014 Barend Smit 1 of 2 HTS Middelburg 6 of 6 Fullback Accepted a Sharks contract but then joined the Golden Lions. 0%
19 2014 Adrian Heystek 1 of 2 Westville 5 of 7 Flank Joined the Sharks Academy. 100%
18 2013 SJ Roux 1 of 1 Boland Landbou 1 of 2 Lock Joined the Free State Cheetahs. 0%
17 2013 Wandi Mazibuko 8 of 9 Glenwood 6 of 7 Flank Joined the Sharks Academy. 100%
16 2013 Matt Reece-Edwards 3 of 4 Kearsney 1 of 1 Scrumhalf Joined the WPRI but returned & played Sharks u19. 50%
15 2013 Rikus Bothma 1 of 2 Paarl Gim 1 of 3 No.8 Joined the WPRI. 0%
14 2012 Siyabonga Tom 9 of 9 Glenwood 2 of 6 Wing Disqualified. In NMMU Varsity Cup squad 2013. 0%
13 2012 Wion Robertse 2 of 2 Paarl Gim 3 of 6 Wing Joined the Sharks Academy. 100%
12 2012 Nqoba Mxoli 2 of 2 Westville 5 of 7 Prop Joined the Bulls. 0%
11 2011 Spho Msutwana 6 of 6 Dale 4 of 5 Centre Sharks Academy for 2012. Joined EP Kings 2013. 100%
10 2011 Dries Swanepoel 1 of 2 Grey College 5 of 5 Centre Joined the Bulls after school. 0%
9 2011 Ryan Germishuys 4 of 5 Selborne 6 of 7 Prop Joined the Bulls after school. 0%
8 2010 Neil Jordaan 2 of 2 Grey College 2 of 3 No.8 Joined the Free State Cheetahs. 0%
7 2010 Kagiso Segole 4 of 4 Kearsney 4 of 6 Wing Went to study in the Western Cape. 0%
6 2010 Brendan Olivier 1 of 1 Nico Malan 7 of 7 Prop Joined the EP Kings. 0%
5 2009 Morne Stassen 3 of 3 EG Jansen 2 of 2 Lock Joined the Bulls. 0%
4 2009 Leon Makiwane 1 of 2 Queen’s 5 of 6 Wing Left the Sharks Academy to pursue athletics career. 100%
3 2009 Chris Cloete 5 of 5 Selborne 7 of 7 Flank Sharks junior 2010 – 2012. Cut in 2013. 100%
2 2008 Hendrik le Grange 2 of 2 HTS Middelburg 3 of 3 No.8 Joined the Golden Lions. 0%
1 2008 Sbura Sithole 2 of 2 Queen’s 6 of 6 Wing Joined the Sharks Academy. Sharks Super Rugby debut in 2013. 100%
AVERAGE 37%

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