The SA Schools team will again have the opportunity to test themselves against quality international opposition in August, with clashes lined up against France, Wales and England in the annual Under-18 International Series.
In the last four years the SA Schools team, which is sponsored by Coca-Cola, participated in the series with great success by remaining unbeaten. With a healthy rugby development system in SA, they will look to repeat this feat for the fifth time in August following the decision by the English, French and Welsh Under-18 teams to return to SA this year.
The SA Schools team will face France in their first match of the series at the City Park Stadium in Cape Town on August 15, Wales at Outeniqua Park in George on August 19, and England at the Paul Roos Markotter ground in Stellenbosch on August 23.
The Italy Under-18 team will also travel to South Africa for clashes against the Western Province and SWD Craven Week teams and a SARU Academy XV respectively, which will precede the clashes between the other four Under-18 teams.
The SA Schools trials squad will be selected by the national selectors following the conclusion of the Under-18 Coca-Cola Craven Week in Middelburg from July 14 to 19. A trial match, which will assist in finalising the 28-man SA Schools squad, will take place on July 26 at the Barnard Stadium in Kempton Park.
“The Under-18 International Series serves as a fantastic opportunity for our most talented young players to experience international rugby, so we are delighted to welcome these teams back to our shores,” said SARU CEO Jurie Roux.
“Over the years we have seen many players graduate from the Coca-Cola Youth Weeks to the SA Schools team and then to either to our provincial unions or the Springbok team. We believe this tough competition for our school players will ensure that they are adequately prepared for the demands and challenges of international rugby in future.”
SARU Under-18 International Fixtures 2014:
Friday, 15 August 2014 – City Park Stadium, Cape Town
12h00 – Italy vs WP Craven Week XV
14h00 – England vs Wales
16h00 – SA vs France
Tuesday, 19 August 2014 – Outeniqua Park, George
12h00 – Italy vs SWD Craven Week XV
14h00 – England vs France
16h00 – SA vs Wales
Saturday, 23 August 2014 – Paul Roos Markotter Stadium, Stellenbosch
12h00 – Italy vs SARU Academy XV
14h00 – France vs Wales
16h00 – SA vs England