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Proper school drug tests cost R2800-R3000 per test

21 January, 2013 beet 6

The good news is that the South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport has reported that more 100 schools in South Africa have agreed to do drug testing and that the first five tests per school will be on the house. However thereafter it could cost between R2800 and R3000 per internationally approved test. …

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Luke Smith is the new Dale coach

21 January, 2013 beet 50

42-year old former provincial flyhalf and Dale Old Boy Luke Smith is the new coach at Dale College. Smith takes over from the school’s legendary coach Griffy Griffiths who has moved to Hamiltons Club in Cape Town. Interestingly Smith like Griffiths also played in an unbeaten Dale side in 1990. …

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Glenwood, Westville & DHS make front page news

21 January, 2013 beet 93

Months after the initial Glenwood/Westville rugby fallout was blogged here on, it has made the front page of a local KZN morning paper. Although it is not a new story, for many not close to school rugby in the province it will come as a huge shock to find out that two of KZN’s biggest schools don’t have any first term fixtures against each other on the cards as well as no rugby match in 2013.…

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SA u18 Sevens team wins gold at the Youth Olympics

20 January, 2013 beet 2

The South African under-18 Sevens team beat the hosts Australia 22-7 to claim the gold medal in Sydney. This was a good achievement by our schoolboys. Based on the international rugby standings of the countries that participated the SA team was always on track to win either gold or silver. …

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High school rugby transfers always met with emotion

19 January, 2013 beet 18

There are several choice words to describe incidents involving school rugby players leave one high school to join another. “Poached”, “bought” and “stolen” are amongst the more popular ones used by unhappy supporters of the school losing a good player. It goes without saying that these same terms scarcely ever come out of the mouths of those who welcome the new player into their stable.…

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Paul Roos coaching structure for 2013 confirmed

15 January, 2013 beet 41

Dawie Snyman Sr is the new Paul Roos Gymnasium assistant coach. Snyman coached Western Province to five consecutive Currie Cup final victories between 1982 and 1986. He’ll now be applying his wisdom and vast experience as the backline coach, a support role to newly promoted head coach Hein Kriek.…

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Another Border school head coach resigns

14 January, 2013 beet 29

During an already turbulent period for the Border region’s school rugby, Hudson Park head coach Dru Nass looks set to leave in order to take up the post of DHS Head of Rugby in Durban. Nass will become the third coach of the four largest Border region rugby schools to part the scene in recent months.…

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Class of 2017 starts high school

14 January, 2013 beet 154

Pretty soon all the schools would have reopened for 2013. There is quite a bit of excitement about as high schools welcome their new Gr.8 students. Amongst them many talented sportsmen including school sports bursary award recipients and Craven Week representatives. No doubt there new schools will hope they are able to continue to stand out on the sports fields from now until 2017, when they matriculate.…

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School cricket in full swing again

14 January, 2013 beet 164

With the coastal schools returning to school this week, the school cricket fixture list for this weekend looks to be jam-packed. Any updates or the compiling of news on which teams are doing what, be it scoring runs or taking wickets or both would be appreciated. Hopefully mother nature gives the boys a break and we have some dry Saturdays and other match days.…

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Michaelhouse dealt a cruel blow ahead of 2013 season

14 January, 2013 beet 4

Michaelhouse’s star Bruce Arnott has been ruled out for the best part and maybe even the entire 2013 season. The right wing whose outstanding performances during 2012 helped his school claim top spot in KwaZulu-Natal picked up a knee (ACL) injury last week.…

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8 new junior stars join the Sharks family

14 January, 2013 beet 16

For eight standout 18-year-old rugby players a new chapter in their lives is about to begin. Every year the Sharks only contract between 8 and 12 players. These players are carefully picked based on two criteria, the players’ individual rugby ability and the future needs of the Union. Yes, the Sharks don’t necessarily go after the best players on the board, they actually try to work out where their future senior team positional needs will lie and plan succession on this basis. …