SARU are falling short of making the SA Schools experience all that it deserves to be. On Tuesday night the SA Schools team beat their French under-18 counterparts 17-13 it what felt like a bit of a covert operation.
It’s bad enough that the matches are not broadcast live and that the SA Schools team now only plays exclusively in the Cape but for this French match, the media coverage, even social media interaction seemed particularly poor and the match attendance was not great either.
It’s a great honour to be selected for the SA Schools team and fantastic that SARU has organised an international tournament consisting of creditable under-18 teams, however they really need to up their game in terms of bring the SA Schools matches up to a level on par with what the boys experience week in week out when playing for their respective schools. Take for example the up and coming Paul Roos versus Grey College match which will easily attract a crowd of 5000+ people and be televised as well.
International Series Results and Fixtures
|09/08/13||12h30||Italy||17||39||WP Schools||City Park Stadium, Cape Town|
|09/08/13||14h00||France||8||47||Wales||City Park Stadium, Cape Town|
|09/08/13||15h30||SA Schools||19||15||England||City Park Stadium, Cape Town|
|13/08/13||14h00||Italy||55||3||SWD Schools||Outeniqua Park, George|
|13/08/13||16h00||England||17||15||Wales||Outeniqua Park, George|
|13/08/13||18h00||SA Schools||17||13||France||Outeniqua Park, George|
|17/08/13||12h30||Italy||36||12||Boland Schools||Boland Stadium, Wellington|
|17/08/13||14h00||England||12||8||France||Boland Stadium, Wellington|
|17/08/13||15h30||SA Schools||14||13||Wales||Boland Stadium, Wellington|