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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. …

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Pros & Cons of the Sharks Academy

14 January, 2013 beet 12

The junior player development body of the Sharks is the Sharks Academy. The Academy has an outstanding track-record and has been held in high regard in South African rugby circles for many a year. However the advent and growing popularity of the Varsity Cup, allegations of the Shark Academy being operated primarily as a profit making entity and the highly publicised spending spree of main opponents the Blue Bulls has started to raise more and more questions about the viability of the Sharks Academy. …

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Border loses a promising school player before the time

9 January, 2013 beet 173

The Border schools Selborne, Dale and Queens have produced their fair share of rugby talent over the years. Usually these players complete their schooling first and then leave the region to make names for themselves playing top level rugby at other big provinces. There have been times when boys have left Border for schools in other regions under controversial circumstances. With news filtering through that the Bulls have persuaded a promising Grant Khomo Week 2012 player who also featured at the SA HP u16 training camp to move to Pretoria, this has to be classified as one of those controversial situations.…