For the past 34 years, there has been one schoolboy rugby festival that has become a showcase for what the country has on offer for up-and-coming rugby talent. Set in one of the most picturesque schools around, the strongest schoolboy rugby teams in the country travel over the Easter period to take on the very best the country has to offer. This year, St. Stithians will use their vast experience in hosting festivals to the next step, as they are set to host the best schoolboy rugby players on their last step before taking the leap into professional rugby, the Coca-Cola Craven Week.
A normally vastly popular tournament, this year is set up to be its best instalment yet, as St. Stithians is no stranger to hosting prestigious sporting events and their rugby festivals are not only known for the incredible standard of rugby on the field but also the additional activities in and around the fields that set these tournaments apart. Whether you want to listen to good music or grab a bite to eat at a food truck, you will immediately be engrossed by the electric atmosphere that St. Stithians create for these sporting events.
The tournament kicks off on the 17th of July, which is placed perfectly for the school holidays as these events are a whole family affair, with entertainment around the field applicable to those both young and old alike.
In the next couple of weeks, all the provincial teams will be announced and the respective teams will start preparing for a week of the toughest rugby they would’ve ever experienced. These players’ journey towards reaching their dreams of reaching the highest level in professional rugby begins here, and there’s no doubt in anyone’s mind that St. Stithians are ready for them.
2017 SA Rugby Youth Weeks dates and venues:
- LSEN Week: 3 to 6 July 2017 – Glenwood High, Durban
• U16 and U18 National Girls Weeks: 3 to 7 July – HT Pelatona Projects Stadium, Welkom
• U13 Craven Week and U16 Grant Khomo Week: 10 to 14 July – Grey College, Bloemfontein
• U18 Craven Week and Academy Week: 17 to 22 July – St Stithians College, Johannesburg