SPAR KZN Primary Schools’ Rugby Tournament
The Midlands will play host to the SPAR KZN Primary Schools’ Rugby Tournament on Thursday, 16 May to Saturday 18 May at the Woodburn Rugby Stadium in Pietermaritzburg.
Now in its 18 year the tournament attracts over 300 young players from various primary schools around the province. The enthusiastic players will be divided up into three teams from each district with six districts or regions being represented, namely the Midlands, North Durban, Pinetown, South Coast, Zululand and Lammergeyer (Northern Natal) districts.
Established in 1995 after the demise of the Hosking Week Sports Festival the KZN Primary Schools’ Rugby Tournament (formerly known as) was formed with an ethos of integrating players of all different backgrounds with an aim of also developing school boy rugby within the province of KwaZulu-Natal.
The future star players will be rewarded at the conclusion of the tournament, three teams will be selected acknowledging top performances. The U13A side will represent the province at Craven Week. An U13B side will travel to Sasolburg to participate in the U13B Inter-Provincials and the U12 side will head up to Vryheid to compete the annual U12 Inter-Provincials.
The tournament is also an opportunity for aspiring Sharks players to grab the attention of selectors of the Sharks Academy as some may look to play professional rugby in the near future. Professional players that have emerged from this outstanding tournament include Springbok and the current Sharks fly-half Patrick Lambie, along with Springbok Sharks lock Alistair Hargreaves, Prop Patrick Cilliers of the Stormers and former Sharks winger Cedric Mkhize.
“We are very happy to have SPAR on board with us for this year’s tournament and we hope that we can continue to work with SPAR for future tournaments making the KZN teams a driving force to be reckoned with in years to come.” says Louis Botha, Vice Chair of KZN Primary Schools Rugby Association. “This tournament is not only about rugby but it is also about building friendships. I encourage the boys involved to play for the win but to also play for the fun of rugby”.
“Being associated with such a prestigious primary school rugby tournament is excellent for us as the development of school sports is what SPAR thrives to be involved with; we expect a huge turnout of parents and supporters to accompany these young lads next weekend as they tackle the next level of school boy rugby.” says Rob Philipson Managing Director of SPAR KwaZulu-Natal.
The tournament kicks off on Thursday, 16 May at midday and ends on Saturday, 18 May. Everyone is welcome to the stadium to enjoy a great tournament of rugby.