It is very difficult to gauge the strength of schoolboy rugby in South Africa, no matter what websites one looks at or what anyone’s knowledge of the game is.
The one common fact over the last 10 or more years is that the top sides are more or less consistently there as leaders of the pack. By that I mean Grey Bloem, Affies, Paarl Boys, Paarl Gym, Paul Roos etc.
Then comes the next category of schools such as Grey High, Selborne, Dale, Queen’s, Bishops, Monument, Oakdale, Boland Landbou, Garsfontein/ KES, who all have outstanding sides every now and again.
At this stage, schoolboy rugby is in good hands. The years 2017-2019 could just be the Selborne College years with their present squad and very promising U15 and U16 players coming through.
We need one of our East Cape schools to be constantly up in the top five and leaders of the pack. Selborne College have been building for a number of years and are very privileged to be in this position and it’s absolute hats off to Dale College, who did so well this year against all odds.
My understanding is that Queen’s will also be a force to be reckoned with next year – so it’s thumbs up guys for Border schools next year and I think the big boys might just be in for a rude awakening. — Clive Muller, Hamburg