Cape Town - The SA Schools and SA Schools A sides can prepare themselves for a tough time when the annual U18 International Series takes place in the Western Cape next month, with Stellenbosch, Paarl and Wellington hosting matches.
With a team from Argentina added to the annual international showpiece for the first time, and U18 sides from England, Wales and France joining the spectacle yet again, the South African school boys will be in for a proper test.
The U18 International Series will feature three rounds of matches, on Friday, August 9 at Paul Roos Gymnasium in Stellenbosch, Tuesday, August 13 at Paarl Gymnasium, and Saturday, August 17 at Hugenote High School in Wellington respectively.
The SA Schools A team and France will kick off the tournament in a round that will see England meet Argentina and the SA Schools team line up against Wales.
The SA Schools team will then meet Argentina at Paarl Gymnasium, with the SA Schools A team taking on Wales in the second round, while they will meet Argentina and England respectively in the closing matches.
The SA Schools team, which will be coached by the Golden Lions' Mzwakhe Nkosi, and SA Schools A team being led by Border's Phiwe Nomlomo, are expected to be announced during the course of next week.
Under-18 International Series fixtures:
Friday, August 9 - Paul Roos Gymnasium
13:00 - SA Schools A v France U18
14:30 - England U18 v Argentina U18
16:00 - SA Schools v Wales U18
Tuesday, August 13 - Paarl Gymnasium
13:00 - SA Schools A v Wales U18
14:30 - SA Schools v Argentina U18
16:00 - England U18 v France U18
Saturday, August 17 - Hugenote High, Wellington
12;00 - SA Schools A v Argentina U18
13:30 - France U18 v Wales U18
15:00 - SA Schools v England U18