The big news was the announcement of the fixtures of the 2019 u/20 World Championship to be hosted in Argentina from 4-22 June. Pool A is seen by many as the pool of the death while either South Africa or New Zealand has a free pass to the 4th spot in the semifinals as the best "loser" of the pools considering the other two countries drawn with them in Pool C.
Round 4 of the u/20 Six Nations is scheduled for next weekend.
The schools are preparing for an exciting season with most of the schools only starting practice this week.
Maties and Pukke (NWU) still unbeaten in both competitions (Young Guns and Varsity Cup) with TUKS keeping up in with only one loss. The big clash on Monday night will be between Maties and Pukke at the Danie Craven Stadium, home of Maties.
Most of the action countrywide is at festivals where the schools make final adjustments for the season
All eyes were on the Voortrekker nights series last night when Glenwood and Hilton College played against each. Glenwood won 27-17 in an action-packed match. St Charles played hosts Voortrekker PMB and won 14-0.
Fichardtpark's MacDonald's Rugby Day will be an action-packed event with most of the Central Union's top schools participating. In the main game on the A field hosts, Fichardtpark will play against Kroonstad AHS, in a repeat of last year's game when the host won 25-23. Other matches to look forward to is Diamantveld vs Goudveld and Welkom Gim against Sentraal. The match between Diamantveld and Goudveld is also the first match in the Wesgrow Series.
The Grens rugby day is where it all will happen. Nico Malan play against Punt, Brandwag play against Hudson Park and Marlow play against Port Rex.
In the Pukke 16 Series, Pionier and Ferrum will attempt to remain unbeaten in their match while Leeuwenhof will play against Riebeeckrand in the other "big" game.
The NWU Prestige Series will kick off this weekend with Lichtenburg looking to continue their good form in this competition against Hugenote (Springs). Newcomers Heidelberg Volkies will host the talented Marais Viljoen that should also provide some fireworks
Pretoria Boys High and Noordheuwel play in a "practise" match while Waterkloof and Montana play against each other at Waterkloof.
The Old Mutual Insure Agri Boland Landbou Rugby Day and Produce Market - try saying that with a mouthful of yoghurt - provides the spectator with the opportunity to catch a whole lot more teams, many of them from quite large schools, in action, while including a massive marquee in which one can purchase refreshments and farm-fresh vegetables.
While most of the matches are shortened affairs, the two feature games are very enticing, with Stellenberg down to play HTS Drostdy and the hosts, Boland Landbou, set to take on Bellville in the latter stages of the morning.
All the games on the A Field are live streamed by SchoolSportsLive and the links can be found @ http://ruggas.co.za/live-match-centre-2/
If you're not a fan of large crowds, Dirkie Uys are testing the water out in Moorreesburg with their first Tiger Fest, which will involve, inter alia, the 1st XVs of the hosts, Piketberg, Porterville, Swartland and Curro Langebaan playing 25-minute matches.
There is also the Loerie Festival at picturesque Wittedrift High School outside Plettenberg Bay, at which the wraps come off most of the South Western Districts side, with the notable exception of Oakdale, Oudtshoorn and Outeniqua.
A lot of 7's tournaments as the 15 man season is over.