Ironically Paarl Boys’ High has lost an under-17 centre and gained one within in a short space of time.
Both represented Western Province at the Grant Khomo week in 2017. In both cases the players were not entirely happy with their existing rugby situations as 2nd XV players, which prompted them to put three-and-a-half years of high school life along with the bonds formed behind them, to go in search of greener rugby pastures. It’s an indication of the changing world we live in where a pro sportsman like attitude revolving around rugby trumps all else that their school offers.
The player that left Boishaai is now at Garsfontein. Unconfirmed word is that his father wasn’t entirely happy with him not being afforded the chance to represent their 1st XV this season plus he has an opportunity to take up a contract with the Bulls in 2020 (not that region a player is in counts is a limiting factor when handing our junior contracts). Expect to see him contribute towards the Bere’s 1st XV Virsekerbeker title challenge this year, as he has already been included in the match day 23 for this weekend.
The player that joined Boishaai was from Paul Roos. Unconfirmed word is that his father sort assurances that the son would play 1st XV next season, something that couldn’t be guaranteed especially in light of the fact that Paul Roos’ incumbent in the position is set to return in 2019 as a turning 19 years old, third year 1st XV player who has proven to be very dependable. Without anything been said on the matter, one has to assume that 1st XV representation in 2019 was part of the deal to move. With Boishaai set to name their new head coach/director of rugby shortly, it will be interesting to see how this one plays out.
These moves are not entirely without behind the scenes commotion as no school likes to lose a good player, but in the Western Cape there does seem to be an ability to see the bigger picture, part of which puts the long term relationships with local rivals first and accepts that if a boy is happy and looked after he generally won’t leave no matter how good the prospects and financial offer made by another school are.