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Mutual & Federal Premier Interschools: Paarl Boys’ High vs Paul Roos Gymnasium

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Next Mutual & Federal Premier Interschools Rugby Match: Paarl Boys’ High vs Paul Roos – Great Schools Rivalry

JOHANNESBURG, 16 July 2013: Paarl Boys’ High will play Paul Roos at Brug Street Paarl on Saturday 20 July, in the next Mutual & Federal Premier Interschools, televised on SuperSport 5 at 16h45 – 18h15.

Mutual & Federal Premier Interschools is a series of 12 matches, which feature the highest profile and most traditional interschool rugby rivalries, from South Africa’s top rugby schools, broadcast live on SuperSport from April to August.

Schoolboy rugby has served as one of the cornerstones of domestic rugby dating back more than a century, and true to its slogan “Honouring Heritage. Playing for the Future”, Mutual & Federal Premier Interschools is about History, Heritage and Tradition. The series, now in its second year, is expected to grow even stronger.

The Mutual & Federal Premier Interschools stories is further captured in 12 magazine shows which preview all the games and provide historical overviews of these traditional schools and highlight other academic, cultural and sporting achievements.

Herewith, the Magazine Show times as per Supersport schedule online:









Mutual & Federal Premier Interschools


Episode 8






Mutual & Federal Premier Interschools


Episode 8






Mutual & Federal Premier Interschools


Episode 8






Mutual & Federal Premier Interschools


Episode 8






Mutual & Federal Premier Interschools


Episode 8A


16 :35




M&F Premier Interschools Rugby


Paarl Boys High vs Paul Roos






Notes and background – Historic overview of the upcoming teams

Paarl Boys’ High vs Paul Roos Gymnasium






Thomas du Toit (K)


Ruan Brits


Francois vd Merwe


Matthew le Roux


Hein Kritzinger


Charlton Jonas


JJ vd Spuy


Charl-Francois du Toit


Paul de Wet


Stephan Gouws


Keanan van Wyk


Luan Boshoff


Curtley Grain


Daylen Daniels


Dante vd Merwe


Elmo Wolfaardt,Richard Visagie,Gerhard Visser





JP Botha


Jacques van Zyl


Christiaan Hamman


Daniel Buitendag


Lohann Louw


Mitchell Carstens


Christo vd Merwe ©


Michael Meyer


Herschel Jantjies


Reinhardt Fortuin


Edwill vd Merwe


Daniel du Plessis


Tristan Cramer


Joel Heugh


Muller Brink


Gerrie le Roux


Ian Hauptfleisch


Mitch Lingeveldt


Pieta Smith


Calvin Nell


Matt Gallow


Chris Smit

On Saturday 20 July Paarl will again be overrun by CL registration numbers when neighbours Paul Roos from Stellenbosch invade the quiet little town beneath the far famed rock of granite grey.

Paarl Boys’ High vs Paul Roos is one of the great derby clashes between two schools that have dominated Western Province schools rugby for many years. Together with Paarl Gym they have produced more than 75% of all Western Province Craven Week players since 1964!

This year the maroon boys are out for revenge as it has been three years since they last tasted victory against the hooped jerseys of Paarl Boys’ High. Traditionally the derbies go the way of the home team by the smallest of margins. Exceptions to the rule are in the 70’s when Paarl Boys’ High won 10 in a row and in the early 90’s when Paul Roos won five on the trot. Since then the matches have been very close and evenly spread, until Paarl Boys’ High’s expected victory in 2012 over Paul Roos on their beloved Markotter field to make it two in a row. They would thus love to return the favour and beat Paarl Boys’ High on Brug Street come Saturday.

Paul Roos had a very indifferent season so far starting off with a loss against touring Argentinean side San Isidro. They followed this up with a good win over Glenwood at the Kearsney festival only to lose again two days later to EG Jansen. Further draws against Bishops and Selborne followed by losses against Grey PE, Affies, Paarl Gym and Boland Landbou will indicate that they are not having one of their best seasons in current years. They do however, possess the ability to beat any team on any given day especially now that their star WP and SA Schools centre Daniel Du Plessis is again fit and able to play. Du Plessis missed out on most of the season due to injury and that can partly be the reason for Paul Roos struggling in midfield so far.

Paarl Boys’ High is also not having the greatest of seasons having already lost four games and not reaching the same heights of 2012 so far. Losses to Waterkloof, Outeniqua, Glenwood and Grey College have seen them change captain’s midway through the season. After the Glenwood loss, there was a radical change in personnel and new captain Thomas Du Toit took over the leadership role. This culminated in what looked like better cohesion within the team and they racked up some very good wins. They showed great character in coming back from 20 points down against Grey to within a whisker of winning the game in Bloemfontein. Du Toit leading from the front with hooker Daniel du Plessis (Not to be confused with the centre from Paul

Roos!!) being the talisman that ignited the comeback. Both Du Toit and Du Plessis represented WP at Cravenweek and both got picked for SA Schools team. Sadly though, Du Plessis injured his ankle in the final game at Cravenweek and won’t be able to participate in Saturday’s game.

Paul Roos centre Daniel Du Plessis is the son of famous Springbok and WP centre Michael du Plessis and of course the cousin of the 2012 Paarl Boys’ mercurial flyhalf Jean-Luc Du Plessis. Jean-Luc’s father, Carel, of course, is brother to Michael and also an old boy from Paarl Boys’. The two Du Plessis brothers played together for Western Province in the 80’s as well as for the Springboks in 10 tests from 1982 to 1989. In that same era the Du Plessis’ played for WP and the Springboks with another famous PRG old boy, Pieter Gerhardus (Hempies) Du Toit, who was known for his power come scrum time. This only shows how deep the roots of these two schools are embedded in WP and South African rugby.

Hempies, Michael & Carel in their playing days for WP & Springboks

The extreme rivalry runs deep between the two schools but so do the friendships. Over the years so many boys from the two schools have represented WP in various age group teams that when they get to their matric year they have played just as often with each other than against each other.

PRG and Paarl Boys’ High were also the two Cape schools invited to the first St.John’s festival and have been regular attendees of this festival over the years. In 1999 the Paarl Boys’ team was so depleted with injuries that they were one player

short in their starting 15 for the last game against Kearsney. Up stepped George Hauptfleisch from PRG and pulled on a Paarl Boys’ High jersey to help them out. He even scored a try in Neil Fullard’s No 3 jersey so the try was accredited to Neil! Paarl Boys’ High then helped out PRG by providing some substitutes for their bench just in case PRG get injuries!

The first recorded time the old boys of the two schools played together for SA was in 1910 when the Springboks played Great Britain in a three test series. Dirkie de Villiers and Cocky Hahn became Paarl Boys’ High’s first Springboks while Gideon Roos (Brother of Paul Roos), Dick and Lammetjie Luyt and Koot Reynecke where the PRG representatives.

1910 Springboks vs Great Britain at Newlands Rugby Stadium

Two other famous Springboks, Jannie Engelbrecht (PRG) and Mannetjies Roux (Paarl Boys’ High) both made their debuts for South Africa in 1960. These two played together in 16 tests up to 1969.

1984 Springboks vs England with Carel du Plessis & Hempies du Toit

The 1984 Springboks vs England with Carel du Plessis and Hempies du Toit.


Paul Roos Gimnasium profile


On 29 January 1864 the Rev. J.H. Neethling of the Stellenbosch Dutch Reformed Church writes to Dr. Langham Dale, Superintendent General of Education of the Cape:

“As a piece of news that will interest you, I may state that yesterday (28 January 1864) 30 inhabitants of this district have decided to erect a gymnasium or Latin School. They have guaranteed 465 pounds (R930) per annum, chosen a Board of Directors of five persons to carry out the resolutions with all possible speed and

decided that as soon as possible a preparatory school or infant department shall be established.”

In 1879 the Gymnasium and College had separate functionally. The College acquired the name “Stellenbosch College”. In 1885 the separation also became physical when the school and College moved to new but separate premises between Andringa and Van Ryneveld Streets. The name Stellenbosch College changed to Victoria College in 1887 and this institution became the University of Stellenbosch in 1918.

In 1887, “The Young Men’s Home” or “Het Tehuis”, the first hostel for boys, opened its doors under the supervision of Mr J.D. Krige – later affectionately known as OomJapie “Home”. The present school hall is named after him. He was vice-rector at the time of his retirement in 1948, and ever since, a painting of him takes the place of honour next to the stage.

The school was renamed three times, Stellenbosch Boys’ High and Victoria College after the Queen. In 1940, it was renamed after Paul Roos, a former captain of the Springbokrugby union team. Roos was a former pupil and teacher at Paul Roos Gymnasium, and was the school’s rector from 1910 to 1940.

The Rhodes Scholarship was instituted in 1903, and Paul Roos is one of four schools in South Africa that may award a Rhodes Scholarship every year to an ex-pupil to study at the University of Oxford.

Paul Roos Gymnasium new Clubhouse & indoor facilities at Markotter rugby fields

Rugby at Paul Roos

The words Paul Roos and rugby are synonymous as the great man was the originator of the now famous Springbok emblem and name for the South African national team. He is seen by many as the “father” of South African rugby and it is fitting that the school that carries his name is such a powerhouse in South African schools rugby.

South Africa National Rugby Team (not Springboks yet) that played the British Touring Team at Newlands on 12 September 1903

Paul Roos has to date produced the most South African players to represent their country on a rugby field with Juandre Kruger becoming their 50th player when he played against England at Kingspark on June 9th 2012. Their latest Springbok is fullback Willie Le Roux who got his test cap against Italy in June 2013.

The following players from Paul Roos represented South Africa on the rugby field.

Arthur Nicholas de Kock (1891), Jacob Stephanus (Japie) Louw (1891), James Alexander (Jim) McKendrick (1891), Robert (Bob) Shand, Paul Johannes de Waal (1896), Japie Krige (1896), Bob Loubser (1896), Pieter Albertus Ryno Otto (PO) Nel (1903), Paul Johannes Roos (1903), Koei Brink (1906), Henry John (Pinkie) Daneel (1906), Boy de Villiers (1906), Freddie Luyt (1910), Dick Luyt (1910), Koot Reynecke

(1910), Gideon Daniël Roos (1910), Wakkie Krige (1912), John Douglas Luyt (1912), Tom van Vuuren (1912), Nic du Plessis (1921), Theuns Kruger (1921), Charlé Meyer (1921), Mannetjies Michau (1921), Phil Mostert (1921), Tokkie Scholtz (1921), Jackie Tindall(1921), Attie van Heerder (1921), PK Albertyn (1924), Nico Bosman (1924), Daunce Devine (1924), Kenny Starke (1924), George Murray Daneel (1928), Manus de Jongh (1928), AF du Toit (1928), PK Morkel (1928), Boet Prinsloo (1928), Ferdie Bergh (1931), George Lionell van Reenen (1937), Ballie Wahl (1949), Tjol Lategan (1949), Jannie Engelbrecht (1960), Gertjie Brynard (1965), Hempies du Toit (1980), Cabous van der Westhuizen (1994), Justin Swart (1996), Cobus Visagie (1999), Andries Bekker (2008), Schalk Brits (2008), Francois Hougaard (2009), Juandre Kruger (2012),Willie Le Roux (2013)

With the current crop of excellent youngster coming through the ranks, one can be assured that Paul Roos will keep on producing rugby players that will go on to represent their country one day.

Paul Roos had two representitaves in the WP Cravenweek team and four in the WP Academy team.

Cravenweek Players:

Daniel Du Plessis (Centre) Herchelle Jantjies (Scrumhalf)

Academy Week Players

Jacques van Zyl (Hooker) Mitch Lingeveldt (Lock) Aidan Cupido (Flyhalf) Edwill van der Merwe (Wing)

Daniel Du Plessis was aslo picked for the 2013 SA Schools team.


Paarl Boys’ High profile

Paarl Boys High School emblem

Hoër Jongenskool Paarl (also known as Paarl Boys’ High, Paarl Boys’, BHS or HJS) is one of the oldest schools in South Africa. Built in 1868 the school’s rich history is filled with tradition and pride. The first building to house the school was a granary on Zeederbergplein, the owner of which was Mr. D. Beyers (a close friend to the first

headmaster, Rev. Jeffreys). The first years of the school were unstable ones, with the school increasing in size every year, larger facilities were required frequently. The grounds on which the school stands today were originally formed part of the farm Berlyn owned by Mr. P.J Malherbe.

Paarl Boys’ High has featured in the academic merit list of the Western Cape for ten years running and has been featuring in the top ten for the duration as well, making it one of the top academic schools in the province. The school is bilingual, with classes in English and Afrikaans and has maintained a 100% pass rate for over a decade.

'Neath the far famed rock of granite grey......

‘Neath the far famed rock of granite grey……

Paarl Boys’ High can be seen primarily, as a boarding institution. The erection of the first hostel, Monte Bello, in 1901 can be seen as the one of the greatest turning points in the history of the school. This event inaugurated the change from a small school in a small farming community to a school to be esteemed nationally. In 2012 the four hostels, Bellevue, Imhoff, Monte Bello and Werda, house over 400 learners from all parts of South Africa and from abroad.

Good conduct, good scholarship and good sportsmanship reflect the school’s proud tradition which spans over 143 years. Throughout Southern Africa, Paarl Boys’ High has always been regarded as a school with an unblemished record when it comes to producing men as well as leaders who have excelled in all walks of life. As a centre of excellence it is the school’s mission to create an environment in which every boy can reach his full potential in the academic, cultural and sporting field.

Paarl Boys High School Sport field

Rugby at Paarl Boys’ High

Rugby is an integral part of the Paarl Boys’ way of life. It helps in educating the boys and growing the gentlemen Paarl Boys’ High is known to raise. It is important to win, but that should not be the primary objective. A sportsman may never be abused to ensure the success of a team. The primary objective at Boys’ High must be one of enjoyment, for both player and coach. Whereas they agree with the legendary Vince Lombardi when he said: ‘’Winning isn’t everything; it’s the only thing’’ they hold winning to be more than just points on the board. Winning relates to the values, commitment and the pursuit of the best of one’s abilities.

Paarl Boys’ Highhas produced 19 players that have represented South Africa since 1906. They have provided some of the legends and most famous Springbok rugby players ever to have played in the Green and Gold. Players like Oom “Boy” and Fanie Louw, Piet “Spiere” du Toit, Mannetjies Roux, Ryk van Schoor, Carel Du Plessis and Corné Krige.

Paarl Boys’ High SA Players.

Debut Year




Boy de Villiers


Cocky Hahn


Louis Louw


Theuns Kruger


Champion Myburgh


Boy Louw




Fanie Louw


Johnny Bester


Ben du Toit


Ryk van Schoor


Theuns Briers


Piet du Toit


Mannetjies Roux


Haas Schoeman


Carel du Plessis






Gurthro Steenkamp

The 1961 Springbok team against Australia featured threePaarl Boys’ High old boys. Piet Du Toit and Mannetjie Roux as players and Oom Boy Louw as the coach! (Picture Below)

1961 Springbok team against Australia featured threePaarl Boys’ High old boys. Piet Du Toit and Mannetjie Roux as players and Oom Boy Louw as the coach

Legendary “Oom” Boy Louw and Carel du Plessis also coached the Springboks. Corné Krige is still the only SA Schools captain who went on to captain the Springboks as well. Ryk van Schoor’s son,Theuns is currently a teacher at Paarl Boys’ High and coaches the u/16’s.

Paarl Boys’ had a good crop of boys representing WP teams this year with eight boys initially picked for Cravenweek and six for Academy Week.

WP Cravenweek

Dewald Naude (Wing) Charlton Jonas (Flank)
Burger van Niekerk (Lock) Francois van der Merwe (Prop) Daniel Du Plessis (Hooker) Thomas du Toit (Prop)

Ruan Brits (Hooker)
Damien Stevens (Scrumhalf)

Academy Week

Dante van der Merwe (Fullback) Daylen Daniels (Wing) FerlinVers (Wing) Charl-Francois du Toit (8th man) Matthew Le Roux (Lock)

Derick Marais (Prop)

Dante van der Merwe was appointed captain of the Academy week team and was also called up to the Cravenweek squad after an injury and played from the bench in WP games against the Bulls and in the final against the Lions. Thus in the end there were 9 Paarl Boys’ Highers representing WP in the victorious team that went unbeaten at the Cravenweek and won the unofficial final. A feather in the cap for them indeed!

Thomas du Toit and Daniel du Plessis both got picked for the 2013 SA Schools team.


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