Cape Town - SA Rugby on Tuesday announced a new structure to
the 2016 Youth Weeks, with the junior tournaments being hosted concurrently in
Paarl and the Under-18 tournaments in Durban.
In the past all the tournaments were hosted at different
The Under-13 Craven Week and Under-16 Grant Khomo Week will
be hosted simultaneously at Paarl Gymnasium from July 4 to 8, and the Academy
Week and Under-18 Craven Week will be hosted between July 11 and 16 at Kearsney
College near Durban.
The Learners with Special Education Needs (LSEN) Week,
meanwhile, will be hosted at the Afrikaanse Hoër Seunskool (Affies) in Pretoria
from June 27 to 30.
“The new structure of our Youth Weeks will have several
benefits, the biggest of which is that we will be able to ensure that the Mobi-Unit
coaches, the national selectors, our High Performance staff and the SA Rugby
Academy Coaches will be able to attend all the tournaments,” said SA Rugby CEO
“In the past they either had to split up into two teams to
keep an eye on all the tournaments or they had to attend each tournament for
only a few days.
“Another advantage is that player education with regards to
our rugby pathways, safety campaigns, referee recruitment programmes and
contracting could be done simultaneously with both groups of players.
“The new structure will also create a festival of rugby at
each venue for the players, their families and friends, while boosting the
camaraderie among the players. With these changes, the players and supporters
can look forward to an action-packed SA Rugby Youth Weeks series from start to
Dates and venues for the SA Rugby Youth Weeks:
June 27-30: LSEN Week - Afrikaanse Hoër Seunskool (Affies),
July 4 and 8: Under-13 Craven Week/Under-16 Grant Khomo Week
- Paarl Gymnasium, Paarl
July 11 to 16: Academy Week/Under-18 Craven Week - Kearsney