Kearsney to host top schools’ rugby fest

2008-03-11 00:00

There is great excitement in schoolboy rugby circles around the country as top rugby-playing schools prepare their teams for the inaugural House of Paint Easter Rugby Festival to be hosted at Kearsney College.

An incentive associated with the Festival is the opportunity for two players to win bursaries to the value of R25 000 each, for tuition fees at Varsity College and to be part of the Sharks Academy programme during 2009.

The two players will each be eligible to have their bursaries renewed for the duration of their studies, based on academic and sporting performance. The recipients — the best forward and best backline player — will be announced over the weekend.

Stiff competition offered to the host province teams of Kearsney, DHS and the KZN Development XV will come from Border schools Dale, Queens and Selborne Colleges; Affies, Hoerskool Marais Viljoen and Middleburg Technical College from Mpumalanga and Gauteng; and St John’s College in Harare.

There will be five matches daily, starting at 10.10 am and ending at approximately 5.30 pm.

Varsity College is a primary academic partner to the KZN Rugby Union, providing tuition bursaries for selected Sharks Academy students. This year there are 52 aspiring Sharks Academy students who have registered to study towards a B.Com Marketing Degree (Unisa), run at the Sharks Academy.

Hans Scriba, managing director of the Sharks Academy, said he believed that well educated and balanced rugby players were better prepared for the strenuous demands of professional sport.

He hailed the Easter Rugby Festival as an opportunity to bring some of the country’s most talented players to the province.

Gavin Melvill, chairman of the Sharks Youth Manco, said he was delighted with the news that a top schools’ Easter festival will take place in KwaZulu-Natal.

Play days are Thursday, Saturday and Monday (March 20-24).

For further information on the Festival, go to or telephone 031-765 9600.

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