Proud moment for Kearsney

2012-09-04 00:00

FOR the third time since 1974, when the first South African school’s rugby XV was selected, three boys from the same school in the province have been selected to the SA School’s side.

The selection process this year was different. A squad of 50 were initially named after Craven Week and they had trial games before 27 players were named to take part in three Tests against France, Wales and England. All 27 players gained caps in at least one of the Tests.

In the squad in 2012 were three Kearsney players, Sandile Kubeka and twins Daniel and Jean-Luc du Preez, sons of former Springbok scrumhalf Robert du Preez.

In 1987, Natal Schools, as it was known then, played in the final game at Craven Week and after the match, four Kearsney College boys were named in the SA School’s XV.

Brendon Catterall, who had captained Natal Schools as a lock, was named captain. With him in the starting XV were Udo Goedeke at flyhalf and Grant Reed at prop and flank Warren Wilson.

When Craven Week was held at Woodburn Stadium in 2002, KZN played in the main curtain-raiser, and following the final, three Kearsney players were selected for the SA School’s side — Adrian Penzhorn on the wing, Brendan Squires at fullback and Peter Grant, who has represented the Stormers and South Africa, as reserve flyhalf.

Grey College has had the most multiple selections of any school over the last 14 years, but in 2012 not one Grey player gained selection for the SA Schools side.

In five years — 1977, 1981, 1986, 1990 and 1991 — Grey had five players selected for the SA School’s XV.

The only other schools to have had three players selected in a single year were Paul Roos in 1974, Paarl Gym in 1988 and 2004, Bishops in 1989 (four players) and Water­kloof also with four players in 1997.

So for Kearsney this year, it is a proud moment in the their rugby history.

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