12 top schools to scrum down at Easter Festival

2015-02-24 00:00

KEARSNEY College host their eighth Easter Rugby Festival from April 2 to 6, with 12 schools scrumming down.

Over the years, the festival has gained a reputation for attracting some of the strongest schoolboy sides from around the country and this year the trend continues, with some powerful rugby showcased.

Besides the hosts, KwaZulu-Natal is represented by Glenwood and ­Westville Boys’ High School, with Grey College (Bloemfontein), Affies, Menlo Park, EG Jansen, HTS Middelburg, Selborne, Dale College, Framesby and SACS in the mix.

Games are played on April 2, 4 and 6 and while it is not a competition to crown any winners, the festival provides the platform for the next wave of schoolboy talent to be showcased and hopefully taken through the ranks beyond school.

Scouts and selectors from the Sharks Academy watch proceedings with great interest, offering full bursaries valued at R100 000 for 2016 to three selected players.

Speaking at the launch of the festival at Kings Park, Sharks CEO John Smit said: “Schoolboy rugby festivals such as this one hosted by Kearsney ­College play an invaluable role in the development of South Africa’s rugby culture. Rugby at school level is where the values of sportsmanship, team work, hard work, perseverance, ­respect and honour are taught and embraced.”

Since the inception of the festival in 2008, the event has attracted ­capacity crowds on the three match days and the standing of the occasion is borne out by the pedigree of the schools that participate.

This year sees Menlo Park and SACS making the trip for the first time and many spectators have no connection to any of the participating schools, rather savouring the ­opportunity to catch some serious schoolboy rugby talent on show.

Three primary school teams from Highbury, Pelham and Umhlali are ­also on the programme, starting each day’s battles by pitting their skills against a KZN U13 provincial development side.

While thanking the sponsors and the KZN Rugby Union for their ­support of the event, festival director Taff Green highlighted a new outreach initiative being introduced.

“We invite spectators and players at the festival to touch, pause and engage with rugby development by bringing new or good second-hand rugby equipment and kit to be placed in designated collection bins at the main field,” he said.

“All sizes of shorts, jerseys, socks boots, kit bags — anything that can make a difference and promote the game in the name of rugby development — will be appreciated.”

Contributions received from this initiative will be handed over at the closing ceremony.

Entry on match days is R20 for ­pedestrians and R50 per vehicle. This includes a glossy festival brochure with all the teams’ information and player stats.

No alcohol will be permitted and food and refreshments are on sale.

Visit www.kearsney.com.



Day 1 - Thursday 2 April

8.30 am - KZN U13 Provincial Development v Umhlali Prep

9.30 am - Kearsney v Selborne

10.45 am - SACS v Dale College

12 pm Menlo Park v Westville Boys’ High

1.15 pm - EG Jansen v Affies

2.30 pm - Glenwood v Framesby

3.45 pm - Grey College v HTS Middelburg

Day 2 - Saturday 4 April

8.30 am - KZN U13 Provincial Development v Pelham

9.30 am - Selborne v Menlo Park

10.45 am - Westville Boys’ High v Dale College

12 pm - Kearsney v Grey College

1.15 pm - Affies v SACS

2.30 pm Glenwood v HTS Middelburg

3.45 pm - Framesby v EG Jansen

Day 3 - Monday 6 April

8.30 am - KZN U13 Provincial Development v Highbury

9.30 am - Westville Boys’ High v SACS

10.45 am - Framesby v Affies

12 pm - HTS Middelburg v Selborne

1.15 pm - Glenwood v Menlo Park

2.30 pm - Grey College v EG Jansen

3.45 pm - Kearsney v Dale College

5 pm - Awarding of Sharks Academy

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