@Playa: yes sir . He must’ve been approached during or after the Grant Khomo tournament.
@Playa: @Knight_CHS07: It’s a growing concern for the Border region. The KZN schools with their deep pockets are already very interested in Border primary schools u13 CW trials for obvious reasons and their appetite for kids who start to show promise at a later stage is growing as well.
The rumour mill regarding quotas being introduced in high school rugby isn’t going away. I imagine if/when it is legislated it could kill off the quality of Border SBR because the demand will completely outstrip the supply of good players. The future would see any player who shows the slightest bit of potential becoming a transfer target of a wealthier out of province school. The local Border schools will end up with 2nd XV quality players donning on 1st XV jerseys and struggling to hold their own against out of province opponents that they would have beaten in the past. It would amount to a complete downward spiral.
In the bigger picture, the main motive of rugby development would be lost. The idea as difficult as it is, should be to grow the sport at grassroots level in regions where it is still struggling to gain a meaningful foothold eg KZN. This can never be achieved or even properly monitored/accessed if the KZN schools are simply allowed to solve their shortages via the Eastern Cape.
Also evident is a glowing number of Western Cape recruits in KZN. It asks a few questions of the Western Cape as well but there is no getting around the obvious which has MONEY at the centre. Remove that from the equation and it becomes extremely difficult to persuade parents and their youngster, that the so called “better opportunities”, that term they love using, are actually better.
@beet: There is no plausible argument against what you’ve said. The “how” and “when” these transfers happen is what will ultimately decide the integrity of it all. Pulling a kid out in the middle of his grade 10 year speaks very little about a child’s well being. Speaks more about a school putting themselves before the child. My thing is that parents need to be educated. There is no way that this kid and the one Westville has taken from Dale are put first. That is a concern. We should not only question the school, but the parents as well.
@Playa: Another thing about the recruitment of u16 or older players is that the poorer school spends the money and derives very little benefit, maybe none in the end. The rich school saves on costs of >=2.5 years of schooling and enjoys most of the rewards.
What would happen if a loan agreement between school and parent ran concurrently with the sports bursary awarded to the student, so that 80% of the loan would only be deemed to be repaid once the student sat for his matric exams. Obviously with all the clauses and exceptions thrown in.
So for example:
Gr 8 = R20 000 tuition of which R5 000 offset and R15 000 towards loan balance
Gr 9 = R20 000 ” ” ” ” ” ”
Gr 10 = R20 000 ” ” ” ” ” ”
Gr 11 = R20 000 ” ” ” ” ” ”
Gr 12 = R20 000 tuition of which R20000 offset and R60 000 offset against loan account once the matric exams begin.
So if the parents want to move their kid halfway through Gr 10, they need to repay R45 000. The new school can pick up this R45 000 outstanding loan tab. At least then the old school is partly compensated and this business about kids leaving their old schools without notification ends.
@beet in a perfect world that can work, but it never will. Any school binding a contract with a parent for a bursary is doing it illegally, bursaries are not allowed at school so if a parent decide to take their kid to another school in grade 10 they dont have to pay anything back in regards to a bursary.
I dont know if this might be different at a private school, but it is the case at a government school.
@Playa: So Westville has also “recruited” a player from Dale? Do you know how many players, from the Border u16 GK week, have changed schools since June/July?
Why is it so difficult for KZN schools to develop their own players? Bussing in children from other provinces for sport is ludicrous!
@Umtata: A quality player at that. Sadly,it’s only gonna get worse with Border’s financial woes.
@Umtata: “Why is it so difficult for KZN schools to develop their own players?” I ask myself the same question whenever this “recruitment” process occurs. As Old Boys we are starting to realise that we will never see a full strength CHS 1st XV.