Just a pity that we may not see them pull on the Black and Red EP Jersey or slip into Southern Kings battle wear in the near future… But, Eastern Province Rugby continues to be a feeder for other rugby playing provinces and franchises and maybe one day we will receive recognition for that.
The recently announced 26 man SA Schools and SA Schools A teams will take on their counterparts from England, Wales, France and Italy from 12 to 20 August in Cape Town and Paarl, with the teams set to battle it out in three rounds of matches.
Eastern Province, despite a dismal schools interprovincial, can boast of 6 players in both squads with 4 from Grey High School, Port Elizabeth.
SA Schools Players:
- Khwezi Mafu: No 8 – Grey High, PE
- Sihle Njezula: Utility back – Grey High, PE
- Sazi Sandi: Prop – St Andrews College
SA Schools A Players:
- Lubabalo Dobela: Flyhalf – Grey High, PE
- Ayabonga Oliphant: Utility Back – Grey High, PE
- Sicelo Tole: Centre – Muir College
Khwezi Mafu represented SA Schools A in 2015 and has been promoted to the SA Schools side for 2016.
Salmaan Moerat, captain of the DHL Western Province U18 Coca-Cola Craven Week side, will lead the SA Schools team in the U19 International Series in August, while Enrista Blue Bulls centre Louritz Van der Schyff has been selected to lead the SA Schools A team.
The two SA Schools squads will assemble at Newlands in Cape Town on Sunday, 7 August and will begin their on-field preparations for the tournament the following day.
U19 International Series fixtures:
Friday, 12 August (City Park Stadium – Crawford, Cape Town):
- 13h00 – France vs England
- 14h30 – SA Schools A vs Italy
- 16h00 – SA Schools vs Wales
Tuesday, 16 August (Bishops, Diocesan College – Rondebosch, Cape Town)
- 13h00 – Wales vs Italy
- 14h30 – SA Schools A vs England
- 16h00 – SA Schools vs France
Saturday, 20 August (Paarl Boys High – Paarl)
- 13h00 – France vs Italy
- 14h30 – SA Schools A vs Wales
- 16h00 – SA Schools vs England
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