SARU Drops The Ball, Again



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.


Jaco Labuschagne No 8 Affies
Marnus Potgieter Centre Affies
Quan Eymann Flyhalf Brackenfell
Shaun Baxter Flyhalf Drostdy
Sebastian Jobb Wing Duineveld
Ruben Beytell Flyhalf EG Jansen
Diego Appollis Centre Garsfontein
Jaden Hendrickse Scrumhalf Glenwood
JJ van De Mescht Lock Glenwood
Lunga Ncube Flank Glenwood
Christopher Schreuder Flyhalf Grey College
David Kriel Fullback Grey College
Janco van Heyningen Centre Grey College
Rikus Pretorius Centre Grey College
Waqar Solaan Centre Grey HS
Mark Snyman Flank Helpmekaar
Lloyd April Flyhalf Hermanus
Keagan Glade Prop KES
Kennedy Mpeku Centre KES
Travis Gordon No.8 KES
Yanga Hlalu Wing KES
Marcelle Mombers Flank Menlopark
Cristen van Niekerk Lock Monument
Dandre Prinsloo Fullback Monument
Morne Brandon Hooker Monument
PJ Jacobs No.8 Monument
Tinus Combrinck Scrumhalf Monument
Mugnus Muller Prop Oakdale
Dawid Meiring Lock Outeniqua
Adrian Alberts Lock Paarl BH
Evan Roos Flank Paarl BH
Francke Horn Flank Paarl BH
Joshua Du Preez Prop Paarl BH
Louwan Horn Flank Paarl BH
Mathinus Strauss Prop Paarl BH
Wilhelm Barnard Hooker Paarl BH
Muller du Plessis Fullback Paarl Gim
Nkosikhona Masuku Prop Parktown
JJ Kotze Hooker Paul Roos
Thaakir Abrahams Wing Paul Roos
Sibusiso Madonsela Lock Piet Retief
Andries Fouche Flank Rustenburg
Lucky Dlepu Scrumhalf SACS
David Coetzer Flyhalf Selborne
Jordan Mbuyamba Lock St Benedict’s
Angelo Davids Wing Stellenberg
Kwezi Dlamini No 8 Stirling
Andrew Kota Fullback Welkom Gim
Keith van Aswegen Centre Welkom Gim
Jan Meades Prop Witteberg