The Coca-Cola u13 Craven Week has produced 48 Springboks

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The 41st Coca-Cola under-13 Craven Week will take place at Grey College in Bloemfontein from June 25 to 28.

The primary schools interprovincial week has been going for just eight years less than its illustrious counterpart – the under-18 Coca-Cola Craven Week.  It has played an important role in grooming players for the high school weeks and then on to become professionals.

In all, 48 Springboks played in the Coca-Cola under-13 Craven Week, including five who have donned the green and gold in recent years and are still in the running for further international honours.

The five are: Peter Grant, who played for KwaZulu-Natal in the 1997 week; Fourie du Preez, who was in action for the Blue Bulls; Morne Steyn who was in the Free State team in 1997; Heinrich Brussow who played for Free State in 1999, and the most recent – Patrick Lambie – who represented KwaZulu-Natal in the 2003 week.

The overall list is of Springboks coming out of this week is shorter than the one for the under-18 week and this is directly linked to many players only beginning their real physical development in their high school years.

Springboks that played u13 Craven Week
Uli Schmidt N-Tvl 1973
Gert Smal N-OFS 1974
Willie Hills N-Tvl 1975
Wahl Bartmann TVL XV 1976
Robert du Preez W-Tvl 1976
Tommy Laubscher Boland 1976
Jan Lock E-Tvl 1976
Helgard Muller Free State 1976
Kobus Wiese NWC 1977
Henry Tromp W-Tvl 1979
Joel Stransky WP 1980
Theo van Rensburg W-Tvl 1980
Chris Rossouw E-Tvl 1982
Toks van der Linde Free State 1982
Mornay Visser WP 1982
Naka Drotske Free State 1983
Pieter Hendriks Griquas 1983
Ruben Kruger E-OFS 1983
Brendan Venter Tvl 1983
Mark Andrews Border 1984
Russel Bennett Border 1984
Heinrich Fuls Free State 1984
Pieter Rossouw Boland 1984
Os du Randt NEC 1985
Werner Swanepoel Free State 1985
Richard Bands Stellaland 1986
Ollie le Roux TVL XV 1986
Philip Smit NEC 1986
Joe Gillingham TVL   1987
Andre Snyman N-Ntl 1987
Stefan Terblanche SWD 1988
Gaffie du Toit Boland 1989
Daan Human E-OFS 1989
Victor Matfield Far North 1989
Jacques Cronje N-Tvl 1995
Fourie du Preez N-Tvl 1995
Peter Grant Natal 1997
Morne Steyn Free State 1997
Heinrich Brussow Free State 1999
Patrick Lambie Natal 2003
Franco Smith Free State 1984-1985
AJ Venter South-FS 1985-1986
Jannes Labuschagne Stellaland 1988-1989
Faan Rautenbach E-OFS 1988-1989
Schalk Burger Boland 1996
Derick Hougaard Boland 1996


There are, however, some famous Springboks of the past who played in the Coca-Cola Craven Week at both age group levels. They include: Uli Schmidt, Wahl Baartman, Kobus Wiese, Joel Stransky. Os du Randt and Victor Matfield.

“All Coca-Cola Youth Weeks, of which there are four, are aimed at identifying and nurturing talent within South Africa,” said Coca-Cola SA Marketing Asset Manager, Craig Van Niekerk.  “And the Under 13 age group is crucial as this is the age youngsters develop the passion for the game which will last a lifetime.”

Visitors to the Coca-Cola under-13 Craven Week are always surprised at the physical size of some of the players present, and at the quality of the rugby played.

They may be playing barefoot, but these boys are serious rugby players. They will be very well coached, but they will bring with them some of the exuberance of youth, which makes for a great rugby spectacle.

And there will be, without doubt, a number of players in Bloemfontein this year who will be playing in a Coca-Cola Craven week in five years’ time, and for South Africa a few years after that.

The duration of each game is shorter which allows for a four day programme.  All 18 teams play matches on Monday June 25 and Tuesday June 26. The Wednesday is a rest day, with the final games scheduled for Thursday June 28.

As is customary, the fixtures for day one only are arranged ahead of the week. The games for the second and third days are arranged on a strength versus strength basis.

The fixtures for the first day are:

Namibia v Griquas, Griffons v Boland, KwaZulu-Natal v Valke, Leopards v Zimbabwe, Eastern Province v Blue Bulls, Lions v Border, Western Province v Pumas, Limpopo v Border CD, Free State v SWD.

list last updated 19 June 2012

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