SARU’s rash decision that came into effect in 2019, to scrap the under-19 junior Currie Cup and only support an under-21 competition, looks all set to be revised.
Look out for an announcement soon stating that the u21 championship would become an u20 tournament.
This should translate to good news for first year out of high school players. The change in age limit means that instead of three age groups making up the availability for the competition, it will now be down to just two age groups. At the very worst, unions with stable development plans in place should reassign at least half of the contracts and playing opportunities that previously would have gone to third year out of school u21 players, to rookie u19 juniors.