SPAR KZN Inter-District Rugby Tournament

2015-05-19 06:00
Action from last yearand#039;s Spar KZN Inter-District Rugby Tournament held in Pietermaritzburg.Photo: Sophie thompson

Action from last yearand#039;s Spar KZN Inter-District Rugby Tournament held in Pietermaritzburg.Photo: Sophie thompson

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THREE hundred and thirty future rugby stars are hoping to shine at the upcoming Spar KZN Inter-District Rugby Tournament at Woodburn Stadium, Pietermaritzburg from Thursday 21 to Saturday 23 May.

The school boysand#039; rugby tournament enjoys its 20th edition, offering talented boys the opportunity to be selected for their province. Six regions are represented at the three-day tournament, each region bringing three teams to converge for a feast of top notch rugby.

Organiser of the tournament Tiny Coetzee, who has taken over the helm from long-standing organiser Louis Botha, said: and#034;I am delighted to be taking the reins of this established tournament from the founder, Louis Botha, the former principle of Pelham Primary School, and fondly considered the and#039;Danie Cravenand#039; of this region, who ran it for 19 years. I am deeply honoured to continue his great legacy in helping the organising team develop rugby in the province.and#034;

The various selectors will be hard at work deciding on three teams to represent the province, the under 13A team going to the renowned Craven Week, the under 13B side will head to Sasolburg and the under 12s will participate in a tournament in Vryheid.

The areas represented are Northern KZN, Southern KZN, Durban Coastals, Pinetown and Districts, Zululand and the Midlands.

and#034;Many players that these boys aspire to become have gone through similar development tournaments. [Sharks player] Pat Lambie stood on these very grounds aiming for the same posts that these guys will be eyeing out. I know that former Springbok great Robert du Preezand#039;s three sons also moved through the ranks at this tournament. Even Jessie Kriel, the current Blue Bulls full back participated in this tournament,and#034; MD for Spar KZN Rob Philipson enthused.

and#034;We have high hopes for these boys. One of our countryand#039;s and my great passion is rugby, and I am delighted that Spar is supporting the future generations of this great sport. It is very encouraging seeing these youngsters enjoy the outdoors and a healthy lifestyle.and#034;

The games kick off on Thursday with nine games on the programme. Teams go head to head on Friday with the finals and the awards ceremony taking place on Saturday

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