Pretoria - President Jacob Zuma has bid farewell to the Orchards Primary School rugby team at the Sefako Makgatho Presidential Guesthouse in Pretoria on Wednesday, who are off to Monaco to participate in the Saint Devote international rugby tournament.
The 12 young team members paid a courtesy call on President Zuma ahead of their departure to participate at the Under 12s tournament taking place on April 11.
President Zuma encouraged the young players to shine, perform at their best level and fly the South African flag high.
"We wish you well on your performance and we will be watching and supporting you.
"Remember that you are not only representing your school, but also South Africa," said Zuma.
He highlighted the importance of Sports as an important aspect in the life of a person, community, the country and the world.
The President said the team must also aspire to play for South Africa's National Rugby team, the Springboks.
Minister of sport and recreation, Fikile Mbalula, school representatives, parents and guardians were also in attendance to bid the team farewell.