Friday the 24th of March is a day that many a schoolboy dreams about but only a few that can say I was there. Boishaai departs from Cape Town International on their 17-day adventure to New Zealand. Five teams, u/16 A & B, 3rds, 2nds and 1stXV will be playing four games against some of the best New Zeeland has to offer.
Friday 24th March Depart: Cape Town International
Sunday 26th March: Arrive in Auckland
Monday 27th March: 3rd XV vs Sacred Heart 2nd XV.
1st XV vs Sacred Heart 1st XV
Tuesday 28th March: Under 16A vs St Peters under 16
2nd XV vs St Peters 1st XV
Saturday 1st April: All teams vs Gisborne College
Wednesday 5th April: All teams vs Nelson College
Friday 7th April: All teams vs Christchurch Boys
Saturday 8th April: Depart Christchurch
Sunday 9th April: Arrive in Cape Town.
Rugby has been played at Sacred Heart College since its opening in 1903. Sacred Heart College was in the news for spending an "excessive" amount (NZ$ 100 000) in their 2013 season on their 1stXV. Their 1stXV has in 2015 reached their fourth semi-final in five years in the Auckland 1A league. In 2016 Sacred Heart played in their first final losing 15-13. They had 10 players on their 2016 team who is not returning in 2017. In the past two years, they have had 16 players contracted to under 20 Rugby academies across New Zealand. Ranking for 2016 #3
Gisborne Boys' High School's First Fifteen Rugby Team had its first rugby game against Napier Boys’ High School in 1911. Since then it has produced many professional rugby players including Hosea Gear and Rico Gear. The school's First Fifteen rugby team has toured many countries competing in various competitions. The team played in the Sanix World Rugby Youth Invitational Tournament which was held in Japan. Gisborne Boys' High reached the Semi-Finals in 2016 of the tournament but were beaten by Glenwood High School, which won the tournament. Ranking 2016 #34
Nelson College is a boys’ school founded in 1856. Falling short in the 2017 semi-finals to CBHS, the Nelson College 1st XV fought hard throughout the season - losing only 3 games from 16. Additionally, NC has retained the prestigious and highly-coveted Moascar Cup, set to defend it over the 2017 campaign. The Cup was brought home after WW1 and presented to the New Zealand Rugby Football Union on condition that it be a challenge trophy for secondary schools. It continues to be played for, nearly 100 years after the end of the war and is one of the most coveted prizes in First XV rugby. Nelson College will also represent New Zealand at a global secondary schools sevens rugby tournament at the birthplace of the game, Rugby School in England, on the 24th and 25th of March 2017. Ranking 2016 #20
Christchurch Boys’ High School has been arguably the number one rugby school in the world since the sport became professional in 1996. CBHS has produced 45 All Blacks. Since 1996, no other school in the world has produced as many international players. CBHS has produced 15 All Blacks, 3 Japan internationals, 1 USA, 1 Ireland and 2 All Black coaches. The undefeated 2013 All Black squad contained 7 former CBHS players and the head coach. 65 former Christchurch Boys’ High players have gone on to play professional rugby (since 1996). With over 500 current players and having produced 46 All Blacks, Christchurch Boys' High School has a strong rugby history. The annual match with Christ’s College is an iconic New Zealand rugby fixture that draws nation-wide interest. Ranking 2016 #11
From Ruggas - Go out there and show those KIWI's that the future of Springbok is healthy and very very scary.