SA Schools to face best of European opposition
August 12, 2014
The Under-18 teams of England, France, Wales have arrived in South Africa for the annual international series against the SA Schools, which will take place at three venues spread across the Western and South Western Cape.

The visiting teams are once more accompanied by Italy, who will face the Coca-Cola Craven Week selections of Western Province and SWD, as well as a SARU Regional Academy selection.

In another boost for junior rugby in the country, broadcaster SuperSport has confirmed they will televise all nine matches live on SS8.

The fixtures are scheduled to place on Friday 15 August at City Park in Crawford, Cape Town, on Tuesday 19 August at the picturesque Outeniqua Park in George and the Paul Roos Markötter Stadium in Stellenbosch on Saturday 23 August.

SARU is hosting the keenly awaited international series, which sees the best South African schoolboy talent in action against the very best of Europe, for the fourth consecutive year.

The South Africans are currently on an impressive winning streak, having lost none of their previous nine matches in the series, dating back since 2011.

A huge amount of current household names have first made their mark playing for the SA Schools, before graduating to senior rugby and the various SARU national teams such as the Emerging Springboks, Springbok Sevens, Junior Springboks (SA Under-20) and ultimately the Springboks.

Former SA Schools stars who recently have graduated through the SARU national teams’ rank include Handré Pollard, Johan Goosen, Jan Serfontein (Springboks), Sergeal Petersen, Warrick Gelant and JD Schickerling (Junior Springboks) and Tshotsho Mbovane (Springbok Sevens).

Last year’s SA Schools squad included George schoolboy hero Gelant (fullback), Duhan van der Merwe (wing), Jacques Vermeulen (number eight), Dan (lock) and Jean-Luc (flank) du Preez as well as Joseph Dweba (hooker), Thomas du Toit (prop) and Abongile Nonkontwana (lock).

All of these players played for the Junior Springboks team at the recently held IRB Junior World Championship in New Zealand, where the South Africans lost by a single point against England in the final.

SARU CEO, Jurie Roux, described the annual international series as an important part of the further development of South Africa’s best youth rugby players.

“It is an exciting time of the year for us as we welcome the national representative Under-18 squads of England, Wales, France and Italy to our shores in preparation of our SA Schools international friendlies. Our objectives with this programme is to afford our best Under-18 players with international playing opportunities.”

“One of the benefits of this is that following these fixtures, our Development and High Performance departments will identify the players who have impressed during the series for possible further representation in our national structures, be it for the Junior Boks, Springbok Sevens or ultimately the Springboks,” explained Roux.

The 2014 SARU Under-18 International fixtures are:

Friday, 15 August 2014 - City Park, Cape Town

12h30 Italy vs WP Coca-Cola Craven Week XV
14h00 England vs Wales
16h00 SA Schools vs France

Tuesday, 19 August 2014 - Outeniqua Park, George

14h00 Italy vs SWD Coca-Cola Craven Week XV
15h45 England vs France
17h30 SA Schools vs Wales

Saturday, 23 August 2014 - Paul Roos Markötter, Stellenbosch

12h00 Italy vs SARU Regional Academy XV
14h00 France vs Wales
16h00 SA School vs England

Inter Provincial Women A
Saturday, August 01 2015
15:00 - EP vs KZN
NMMU Missionvale Campus, PE
Inter Provincial Women B
15:00 - Valke vs Golden Lions
Isak Steyl Stadium
SA Schools 2015
Friday, August 07 2015
12:00 - South Africa U18 A vs Italy U18
City Park Stadium, Cape Town
14:00 - England U18 vs France U18
City Park Stadium, Cape Town
Absa Currie Cup Premier Division
15:30 - ORC Griquas vs DHL Western Province
Griqua Park, Kimberley
SA Schools 2015
16:00 - South Africa U18 vs Wales U18
City Park Stadium, Cape Town
Absa Currie Cup Premier Division
18:00 - Steval Pumas vs Cell C Sharks
Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit
Absa Under 19 Competition
Saturday, August 08 2015
00:00 - Leopards U19 vs Western Province U19
Profert Olen Park, Potch
00:00 - Eastern Province U19 vs Golden Lions U19
Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, PE
00:00 - Free State U19 vs Blue Bulls U19
Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein

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