SARU Drops The Ball, Again

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SARU, who claims to have no influence nor jurisdiction over schoolboy rugby is holding a SARU u18 Elite Player Development (EPD) Camp where they invited the "cream" of schoolboy rugby. This event is from the 17th - 22nd of March at Hoërskool Hugenote in Wellington. One can not help to be amused by the arrogance of SARU especially after last year's debacle when the SA Schools and SA "A" fixtures were played disrupting several schools and competitions in the process. This year they continue to disrupt schoolboy rugby withdrawing the stars of several schools during competitions. Apparently, SARU did not realise that the Northern Regions are already competing this early in the season. Regtig?

Several top schools are threatening to withdraw their players, while some already did from these camps. They rightfully claim the first right to the talent they developed at their own expense. 

This weekend several fixtures will be disrupted. Affies and Helpmekaar will be missing three boys, Mark Snyman from Helpies and, Marnus Potgieter and Jaco Labuschagne missing from the Affies side. EG Jansen vs Garsfontein will be missing Ruben Beytell, of EG Jansen and Diego Appollis from Garsfontein. EG Jansen who is already under pressure will need a miracle to win without Beytell. The biggest disruption will be for Monnas who have 5 players involved, Morne Brandon, Cristen van Niekerk, PJ Jacobs, Tinus Combrinck and Dandre Prinsloo. They will face an Eldoraigne team ready to take advantage in their TUKS Super Series encounter.

One can not fault SARU for becoming involved in schoolboy rugby and the tracking of talent BUT they need to do it in a constructive manner that has a positive influence on schoolboy rugby. Excluding talented boys, this early in the season is playing in the hands of overseas club's scouts making disgruntled boys and parents easy targets.  SARU is frequently claiming that schoolboy rugby is the reason for the failures of senior rugby, I, unfortunately, have to disagree and can only see schoolboy rugby being harmed with this thoughtless highjacking by SARU.

Squad

Jaco LabuschagneNo 8Affies
Marnus PotgieterCentreAffies
Quan EymannFlyhalfBrackenfell
Shaun BaxterFlyhalfDrostdy
Sebastian JobbWingDuineveld
Ruben BeytellFlyhalfEG Jansen
Diego AppollisCentreGarsfontein
Jaden HendrickseScrumhalfGlenwood
JJ van De MeschtLockGlenwood
Lunga NcubeFlankGlenwood
Christopher SchreuderFlyhalfGrey College
David KrielFullbackGrey College
Janco van HeyningenCentreGrey College
Rikus PretoriusCentreGrey College
Waqar SolaanCentreGrey HS
Mark SnymanFlankHelpmekaar
Lloyd AprilFlyhalfHermanus
Keagan GladePropKES
Kennedy MpekuCentreKES
Travis GordonNo.8KES
Yanga HlaluWingKES
Marcelle MombersFlankMenlopark
Cristen van NiekerkLockMonument
Dandre PrinslooFullbackMonument
Morne BrandonHookerMonument
PJ JacobsNo.8Monument
Tinus CombrinckScrumhalfMonument
Mugnus MullerPropOakdale
Dawid MeiringLockOuteniqua
Adrian AlbertsLockPaarl BH
Evan RoosFlankPaarl BH
Francke HornFlankPaarl BH
Joshua Du PreezPropPaarl BH
Louwan HornFlankPaarl BH
Mathinus StraussPropPaarl BH
Wilhelm BarnardHookerPaarl BH
Muller du PlessisFullbackPaarl Gim
Nkosikhona MasukuPropParktown
JJ KotzeHookerPaul Roos
Thaakir AbrahamsWingPaul Roos
Sibusiso MadonselaLockPiet Retief
Andries FoucheFlankRustenburg
Lucky DlepuScrumhalfSACS
David CoetzerFlyhalfSelborne
Jordan MbuyambaLockSt Benedict’s
Angelo DavidsWingStellenberg
Kwezi DlaminiNo 8Stirling
Andrew KotaFullbackWelkom Gim
Keith van AswegenCentreWelkom Gim
Jan MeadesPropWitteberg