Easter holidays bring on a host of exciting and varied school rugby festivals

2010-03-26 00:00

THE Easter holidays always heralds the school rugby festivals around the country. They have mushroomed over the last few years and they all vie with one another to attract the major rugby-playing schools.

In KZN there are three, three-day festivals, which will please rugby followers.

The first is the third annual Kearsney Festival, this year sponsored by Blythedale Holiday Resorts. They have attracted South Africa’s top rugby school in 2009, Grey College from Bloemfontein.

Other schools joining hosts Kearsney, are Glenwood the top school in KZN and in the top five in the country, Marais Viljoen from Alberton, Upington from the Northern Cape, Monument from Krugersdorp also in the top five in the country last year, EG Jansen from Boksburg, Nico Malan from Humansdorp in the Eastern Cape, Selborne from East London and and an eLan Invitation XV.

The second is the third annual Skonk Nicholson Festival hosted by Maritzburg College.

With 48 teams in three age groups from 24 different schools, this the largest rugby festival in the country runs from March 30 until April 3.

One of the longest-standing rugby festivals is the Nashua Vryheid Festival, now in its 23rd year.

There are 22 sides taking place, but this year the big schools are absent as they will be at other festivals, particularly in Johannesburg.

The schools that are participating are Vryheid, Pionier, Eshowe, Richardsbaai, Vryheid Landbou, Port Shepstone, Kuswag, Greytown, Pongola, Piet Retief, Richards Bay CS and Sarel Cilliers all from KZN, Kroonstad I and II and President Swart from the Free State and Pretoria’s Menlopark.

Affies, Maritzburg College and Michaelhouse each have two sides made up of second and third team players that are not playing with their 1st XV squads at one of the other festivals. The matches are from Saturday, March 27 until Tuesday, March 30.

The other top level KZN schools will all be playing at one or other Easter Festival.

Maritzburg College, Michaelhouse and Hilton are at the Powerade Grey HS Festival in Port Elizabeth from March 27 to 31. DHS and Westville travel to the KES Festival from April 1st to 5th.

St Charles will be playing in the St Stithians Festival also from 1st to 5th April.

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