Zim lose Craven Week slot

HARARE - Dismal results by successive Zimbabwe Under-18 rugby sides have robbed the country’s future rugby starlets of shot at next year'’ Under 18 Craven Week in South Africa.

This comes after the country’s Under-18 team was booted out of next year’s Craven Week yesterday in a revised make-up which will see South Africa's premier rugby tournament shade off less competitive sides.

The Zimbabwe Under-18 will now only feature in the Academy Week — the Craven Week’s second tier competition.

South Africa Rugby Union (Saru) chief executive officer Jurie Roux said the makeover to the U18 Craven Week, will see the Blue Bulls, Golden Lions and Western Province field invitational sides in addition to their regular Craven Week teams, while Zimbabwe, Namibia, Eastern Province Country Districts, Griquas CD and Border CD will only play in the Academy Week and no longer field U18 Craven Week teams.

“Two of the main objectives of the SA Rugby Youth Weeks are to create a platform for the players to test their skills and develop as players against the best possible opponents, and the best way to achieve that is by ensuring that all the matches are competitive,” the Saru boss said.

“We believe these changes will benefit the participating players and teams in both competitions, and contribute to a more exciting product for the spectators alike.”

The Junior Sables axing comes as no surprise after they entered last year's then 20-team tournament ranked 19th after recording the second lowest wins since the inception of the tournament in 1964.

The Old Mutual-bankrolled Junior Sables have managed 39 wins, 72 defeats and drawn thrice from 114 games they have played since 1964.

Meanwhile, Paarl Boys’ High will host the U18 Craven Week and Academy Week between July 8 and 14 next year in celebration of the school’s 150th anniversary.

The U13 Craven Week and U16 Grant Khomo Week, meanwhile, will be hosted at Hoërskool Diamantveld in Kimberley from July 1-6.

Comments (1)

they should select on merit not which school one goes to.nxaaa

Anotida - 9 September 2017

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