If you’re a fan of South African rugby, then you’ll immediately recognise the name Craven, and what it represents. Bennies pupils Pano Eleftheriades and Bradley Nenzou are continuing the tradition of St Benedict’s Rugby excellence by representing the Lions Academy rugby team at this prestigious event.
The first Craven Week took place in East London in 1964, part of the 75th Jubilee of the South African Rugby Board. It has been played at many venues in South Africa and once in Rhodesia which is now Zimbabwe.
Recently it has become the trend for schools to host the Craven Week – Paul Roos in Stellenbosch in 2015 when it was turning 150. The next year it went to Kearsney College and this year to Paarl Boys’ High School, in Afrikaans Hoër Jongenskool Paarl, founded in 1868 and so celebrating its 150th birthday – a great school which has dominated schools rugby in South African in recent years.
REPORT: The Golden Lions claimed a 46-25 victory over Eastern Province in their first game of the U18 Craven Week in Paarl on Monday. https://t.co/qcEpHgtnc4
— SA Rugby magazine (@SARugbymag) July 9, 2018
18 teams of 23 players each – 414 players in total plus management – have headed to the Paarl in great hope and determined to do well for their teams and for themselves.
The aim and dream of each player will be to be chosen for the SA Schools side.
There will be talent scouts from South African provinces and also from overseas clubs who will be hoping to entice outstanding/promising players to their set-up. And there will be parents and other relatives to support the players.