Shout out ‘jou ma se p**s’ on a rugby field and there’s a good chance the ref will take action, as he did during a schoolboy clash between DF Malan and Brackenfell.
South Africa’s schoolboy doping problem is no big secret, but some of the numbers from tournaments such as Craven Week are unrivalled in other parts of the world.
South Africa’s schoolboy rugby could lay claim to being the strongest in the world, but the ultra-competitive nature of the system has brought it with problems of its own.
Schoolboy rugby in South Africa is highly competitive, and the same is true for New Zealand. This series gives us a look inside the country’s most successful first XV over the past decade.
Six players at last year’s Craven Week tested positive for steroids, and now a coach from Cape Town’s northern suburbs is under the spotlight.
During his 36 years of reffing schoolboy rugby matches, Jonathan Kaplan has seen a host of talent go on to represent the Springboks. Here’s his all-time schoolboy rugby XV.
Schoolboy rugby is turning into a lucrative business, and that means schools are keen to land the best players. Even if that means stepping on some toes along the way.
This year’s Craven Week tournament was a reminder of the wealth of talent we have in this country. It was also a reminder of how a “win at all costs” approach can backfire.
The All Blacks look set to continue dominating world rugby for years to come, but there is a worrying new trend emerging with regards their schoolboy rugby.
It’s probably not the best week to chat rugby, given what went down on Saturday, but we remain competitive on the schoolboy front. Here’s who comes out tops.
South Africa’s two oldest schools clashed over the weekend, with SACS running out narrow winners. Turns out the ref had his hands full, too.
With all the testosterone flying around it’s no surprise that schoolboy rugby matches see the odd fight, but this time around it was the parents who couldn’t help themselves.
As the country’s top two teams prepare for an epic clash, they have one final chance to run through preparations. Thankfully you can watch all that action live.
It used to be that you had to cut your teeth after high school before you landed a cushy contract, but now the money comes to find you.
Schoolboy rugby in South Africa, and indeed all school sports, are about to change for the better. Turns out you can stream matches right to your PC.
Here’s a pretty cool new schoolboy rugby highlights show, based of Facebook, but also available on Youtube for those who don’t book faces.