Combined schools’ rugby team promotes local players

The team and their coaches at Monday's practice session.

According to Riaan Greyling, a rugby coach and teacher of Wonderfontein High School, coaches of six high schools in the area recently decided to join their best u/19 players into a combined team. These high schools – Wonderfontein, Carletonville, Carleton Jones, Westonaria, Glenharvie Combined School and Nic Diedericks from Krugersdorp – all have their own teams. They are not big enough to be competitive with larger rugby-playing schools like Hoërskool Fochville, however.
Within the formal structures of the Lions Rugby Union, the players can only make it into either the Craven Week team or the Academy team. The problem is that these teams are usually made up of players from the stronger schools.
The new combined team is training to take part in the VKB Reitz Week for u.19 players from schools in rural towns.
This event will take place in Reitz in the Free State from 28 June to 2 July.
‘Although the players from our schools have a lot of talent, rugby is a team sport and they will only be able to grow as much as their team allows.
As the combined team is made up of the best players from the six schools, it now gives them the opportunity to play rugby at a higher level than they can in their respective schools. This is, for instance, the first time since 2012 that players from Wonnies can play in a team beyond a school level. Many of our players come from formerly disadvantaged households,’ Greyling told the Herald on Monday.
The coaches from all three Carletonville high schools will be developing the youngsters.
Greyling is the head coach and coaches the backs while S.P. Botha from Callies trains the forwards and defenders.
Devin NIeuwenhuyzen from C.J. is the team’s manager and handles the conditioning while JP Nel, also from Wonnies, is the team’s chaperone and ensures that all their kit needs are met.
It will cost R3 800 per player to attend the event in Reitz.
As a result, sponsorship is essential to be able to fulfill the members’ dreams of success.
Greyling urges any prospective sponsor to contact him at 078 146 8742.

The team and their coaches at Monday’s practice session.

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