St Charles has an unconventional, exciting & expensive 2024 season to come

St Charles College in Pietermaritzburg will turn 150 years old in 2025! The rugby year before that celebration is going to be a pretty unique one as well, judging by their fixture list.

For starters, there will only be two home games in 2024 (Clifton and St Stithians), so picking an Old Boys Day could have been decided by a coin toss if they wanted to.

Apart from Clifton, there are also only three interschools Saturdays against other local KZN schools, with one of these being split up due to matches against Durban High School taking place at Kings Park as part of Sharks Day/Trials. This places Saints at the bottom of the list of KZN teams with local derbies.

But the big interest item has to be the three tours during the season.

  • Wynberg Festival in Cape Town,
  • St Stithians Easter Rugby Festival in Randburg, and
  • Grey High Rugby Festival in Gqeberha.

Lots of travel, lots of expense but also the exciting opportunities to versus a range of high schools from other parts of the country that SCC would not normally do battle against.

For Stayers there is the bonus of attending the Independent Schools Rugby Festival at St Alban’s in Pretoria during July 2024.

It will be extra hard on the pockets of parents who typically don’t miss a match but could prove to be a fun journey ahead of a milestone in 2025.

1 Fri.15Mar Milnerton Wynberg Festival
2 Sun.17Mar TBA Wynberg Festival
3 Thu.28Mar TBA St Stithians Easter R/F
4 Sat.30Mar TBA St Stithians Easter R/F
5 Sat.20Apr Clifton Home
6 Sat.27Apr DHS Sharks Day Trials
7 Thu.02May TBA Grey HS Festival
8 Sat.04May TBA Grey HS Festival
9 Sat.11May Clifton Away
10 Sat.25May St Stithians Home
11 Sat.01Jun Glenwood Away
12 Sat.08Jun Hilton Away

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  1. avatar
    #6 beet

    @beet (Comment #5)
    Sorry to clarify. All the MC A-teams will be at Wildeklawer, so its their B-teams and down that will face SCC, bearing in mind MC will travel to Kimberley with 23 player squads, so 8 2nd XV/B-team players will be removed and create a type of staggered match interschools effect against SCC

    11 November, 2023 at 10:55
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    #5 beet

    @Skywalker (Comment #3)
    SCC teams below 1st XV squad will face MC in 2024. No opportunity for a 1st XV match due to MC being at Wildeklawer on Sat 04 May. Similar to the situation this year where there was no KC vs MC 1st XV match as part of a weekday interschools.

    10 November, 2023 at 12:11
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    #4 Kantman

    @Skywalker (Comment #3)
    Thanks, appreciate the feedback

    10 November, 2023 at 09:58
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    #3 Skywalker

    @Kantman (Comment #2)
    They have done a Maritzburg Day for the last few years where St Charles faced off against MBC. Unf. the gulf in class is very evident and its probaby just not worth it for St Charles. Their rugby seems to have slipped over the last few years. I thought it could get stronger but the other schools have responded and they have not actually gained. Clifton is getting stronger each year and will be a tough game for them. Clifton will soon be favourites.

    10 November, 2023 at 08:52
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    #2 Kantman

    @Kaya 85 (Comment #1)
    Agree it does not make sense – fixture against your city/town opposition should be first to pencil in

    8 November, 2023 at 22:39
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    #1 Kaya 85


    Just wondering why St Charles would play Hilton but not Michaelhouse…why don’t they play local rivals Maritzburg College? This is very strange…they will travel halfway across the country to play an opponent at Wynberg, but they won’t drive down the road to play MC … Ok, maybe MC are considered too strong? …so why don’t they play other local teams like Voortrekker or whoever…. or maybe those schools are not considered strong enough
    8 November, 2023 at 21:13

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