The top Under-16 female rugby players in South Africa will look to make their presence felt next week with an eye on earning higher honours in future when they take to the field in the SARU Girls Under-16 Interprovincial competition at Glenwood High School in Durban.
The tournament, which is now in its fourth year, will run from July 7 to 11. The matches will only be played on Monday, Wednesday and Friday to ensure that the players have sufficient time to recover in between games.
In total 16 teams will participate in the competition, and similarly to the Coca-Cola Youth Weeks, no official champions are crowned, as the main objectives of the tournament are to ensure competitive matches between the provinces, while simultaneously boosting the interest in rugby among young players.
Border will meet the Limpopo Blue Bulls and Western Province will take on Border A in the opening matches on Monday at 10h00, with hosts KwaZulu-Natal finishing off the day’s play against Griquas at 15h00.
Springbok Women’s hooker Thantaswa Macingwana, who is currently on tour with the national Women’s team in France for their Rugby World Cup warm-up tour, as well as Kirsten Conrad, Lusanda Dumke, Christal Williams and Faith Chauke, who represented the South Africa under-20 Women’s team, are among the players who first made their presence felt in this competition.