Mitchell to meet prospective UKZN rugby players

2013-10-17 00:00

FORMER All Blacks head coach John Mitchell, who is the newly appointed head of rugby at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, will be hosting evenings on both the Durban and Pietermaritzburg campuses next week, to meet and address prospective UKZN student rugby players and their parents.

“John Mitchell will outline his coaching philosophy and his views on pursuing a meaningful education in tandem with a competitive rugby career,” Mark Schulze told The Witness yesterday.

Schulze, the former PMB Varsity scrumhalf, was recently named as the chairperson of the unified UKZN Rugby Club, which governs the sport on all of the university’s campuses.

“Rugby club officials will also outline the UKZN admissions process and the Varsity Shield eligibility criteria, and will also present a road map of where UKZN rugby is heading,” said Schulze.

His UKZN Rugby Club vice-chairperson is the former Natal rugby centre and ex-Natal and SA wicketkeeper/batsman Errol Stewart.

“Prospective students and their parents will also have the opportunity to explore individualised academic options at UKZN,” said Schulze.

The evening meeting in PMB for interested schoolboys and their parents will take place at 6 pm for 6.30 pm on October 21 at the UKZN Rugby Clubhouse in the Peter Booysen Park, off Golf Road, in Scottsville.

The evening in Durban for interested schoolboys and their parents will take place at 6 pm for 6.30 pm on October 24 in the UKZN Clubhouse at Howard College. There will be parking available at the Durban Varsity swimming pool off Princess Alice Road.

Interested parties are invited to contact Shane le Breton at UKZNRugby@ukzn.ac.za for more details.

Meanwhile, the Steinhoff Stags (the Agriculture Faculty) and Steinhoff Purple Haze (the King Edward Road communes) reached the final of the Steinhoff UKZN Campus League at Peter Booysen Park in Pietermaritzburg. The Stags and the Haze saw off challenges from the likes of Steinhoff Denison Residence, Steinhoff Cedara and the Steinhoff SRC.

“The highlight of the 2013 Campus League was its complete resurrection in terms of the enthusiastic support it received both from both players and supporters,” said a delighted Schulze.

Indeed, campus league rugby was a major draw card in past decades. Recent reports suggest that previously undiscovered playing talent has been unearthed over the past few weeks and many new UKZN Rugby Club supporters have been won over.

“A major highlight for me has been witnessing the teams’ commitment to playing fast, exciting rugby, even in the rain,” said Campus League coaching co-ordinator Nic Haswell.

The 2013 Campus League has also featured women’s rugby, with the PMB campus women’s team taking on their Westville campus counterparts.

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