PAUL ROOS DAY PROMISES A RUGBY EXTRAVAGANZA

The Paul Roos 150 Rugby Day on Saturday 28 March 2015 is unquestionably going to be the Western Cape schools rugby event of the year, forget about the week.

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PORT-A-PARTY DELIVERS THE GOODS !

If last year’s OK Grocer Porterville Sports Festival was stunning, then this year’s version came pretty close to delivering a knock-out punch.

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BOISHAAI TAKE THE PLUNGE AT PORTERVILLE

The focus on Saturday 21 March 2015, the second weekend of the local schools rugby season, is firmly on Porterville for two closely connected reasons.

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BLACKIES FEAST ON TYGERBERG

The superior goalkicking of full-back Dillon Feast ensured that Hugenote atoned for the heavy defeat dished out to them in Parow last year by deservedly beating visitors Tygerberg 32-22 in...

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HUGENOTE AIMS TO SET THE RECORD STRAIGHT

This first high profile fixture of the local schoolboy rugby season, in which Hugenote meet visitors Tygerberg in beautiful Wellington on Saturday 14 March 2015, will see the hosts determined...

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STELLIES SET THE BALL ROLLING AGAIN

Glad tidings ? Yes ! Comfort and joy ?  Depends on which side of the touchline you’re on.

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BOLAND AND WP RESHUFFLE PROVINCIAL TRIALS SYSTEMS

To their immense credit the high schools rugby executive committees in the Boland and Western Province have adopted significantly revamped selection systems which should ensure that no learner eligible for...

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SEVERAL NEW FACES AT TSRF 2015

The 2015 edition of the Tony Stoops Rugby Festival, presented by new marquee sponsors Spur Steak Ranches, takes place at Tygerberg High School over the Easter weekend.

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DON’T WORRY, THE QUAGGA ISN’T EXTINCT JUST YET !

Oakdale’s hopes of continuing their reign in the South Western Cape this season might be in serious jeopardy if George powerhouse Outeniqua have any say in matters.

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BULLE BUILDING FOR THE SEASON AHEAD

It’s a pretty safe bet that the question on the lips of all Oakdale supporters is whether their team of 2015 can go one step further than their immediate predecessors.

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FARMERS SET FOR A FLYING START TO THE 2015 CAMPAIGN

Boland Landbou’s rugby players are literally going to be walking on air at the start of what promises to be a bumper year for the popular Windmeul school when a...

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NORTH vs SOUTH : THE NEW DIRECTION ?

In the light of all the post-1994 chatter and continuous appeals for the whole country to get behind the Springboks, Proteas and Bafana Bafana, the growing trend in schools rugby...

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THE WAIT OF EXPECTATION

As a new year at the grindstone begins for most adults, schools rugby followers enter that most frustrating of periods, what I have decided to call the wait of expectation.

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SOME PLAYERS GUARANTEED TO GET THE PULSES RACING IN 2015

It has become my habit of starting the school year with an overview of all the local top flight 1st XV players who will be hastening our heartbeats.

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2015 FESTIVALS REFLECT INTERESTING TRENDS

The tectonic plates that underlie schools rugby in this country might just be shifting ever so slightly if the trends currently discernible in two spheres of the game, both related...

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WP PREMIER LEAGUE FIXTURE ROW BREWING

The release of the initial draft of the Western Province Premier A and B tier fixtures for 2015 on Thursday 23 October 2015 has led to some justifiable consternation, but...

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PAUL ROOS SET TO TURN 150 IN STYLE

They might not be the oldest school in the country – or even the Western Cape, for that matter – but that is definitely not going to stop Paul Roos...

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DEVELOPMENT : NOT JUST A FOUR-LETTER WORD

The word “development” has unfortunately become something of a thinly-disguised euphemism used either to justify the presence of teams comprising players from formerly-disadvantaged communities at elite festivals or, more generally,...

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THE RISE OF PROFESSIONALISM IN THE SCHOOLBOY GAME

With five weeks having passed since the end of the schools rugby season, all those in any way involved have had the opportunity to revel in their successes and, hopefully,...

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2014 WRAP…AND THE 2015 ELITE GROUP !

Looking back at last year’s wrap it is encouraging to note two distinct improvements.

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