Just about the whole of the 2020 schoolboy rugby season was cancelled due to the pandemic. At a point during that year, discussions shifted to a topic about what schools/high school rugby associations/SARU could or should do to accommodate the many promising school rugby players that effectively missed out on the opportunity to showcase their talents. The top brass players didn’t have too much to worry about as they were sorted for union contracts and/or other sponsorships to play junior rugby another after they matriculated. The main concern was for the batch of players who would typically use the rugby season to play their way into post school rugby contention. Add to it the new experience of achieving academically during times where studying independently of teacher supervision, away from the classroom. Two high hurdles which ultimately led to the conclusion that a higher than usual under-19 representation in schoolboy rugby in 2021 was inevitable. What those discussing possibly did not gauge was how much value players like this were bound to add to the quality of 70-minute play. So as a tribute to the the achievers who brought viewers contentment, listed is an under-19 team containing the names of many standouts at Noord-Suid alongside the under-18 team of the festival for this blog.