House of Paint has thrown its weight as anchor sponsor, behind the second House of Paint Easter Rugby Festival at Kearsney College, on 9, 11 and 13 April.
This was confirmed at a launch in the Presidential Suite at Absa Stadium last night (Wednesday), following last year’s inaugural event which saw 10 schools from around the country enjoy three days of top draw schoolboy rugby, with time in between for all teams to visit and enjoy a behind the scenes tour of Absa Stadium during one of the rest days.
10 schools participated and of these, eight have returned for the second edition. KwaZulu-Natal is represented by the hosts, DHS and a KZN Development XV, which will include a host of Sharks Academy players. Dale, Queens and Selborne College’s keep the Eastern Cape on the map and the rest of the field has sides from Hoerskool Marais Viljoen, HTS Middelburg and newcomers Hoerskool EG Jansen from north of the Vaal and Hoerskool Upington. Surprisingly Affies, a powerhouse of SA schoolboy rugby, is not returning as is St John’s from Zimbabwe (wonder why).
Besides House of Paint getting behind a much needed Easter Rugby Festival in KZN, showcasing much unseen talent in this part of the world, Varsity College and the Sharks Academy are involved in encouraging potential future stars to further their rugby careers in Durban.
Varsity College has come on board in offering a bursary to the player of the tournament, allowing him to study at the College while attending the Sharks Academy. Last year’s recipient was Queens College skipper Sbu Sithole, who is currently at the Academy and attended the launch, with former Dale College and now Sharks star, Keegan Daniel. Varsity College is repeating its comittment this year and this is the ideal way to ensure young talent flowing through the Sharks ranks.
Hans Scriba, head of the Sharks Academy, confirmed that scouts would be on the prowl at the festival, recognising players and providing the springboard for future Sharks players.
“Rugby has become a realistic career opportunity and such a festival provides obvious benefits to rugby in our province. We are looking for players to follow in the footsteps of today’s stars – Francois Steyn, JP Pietersen, `Beast’ Mtawarira, Ryan Kankowski and Waylon Murray – to name a few,” he said.
Hard acts to follow perhaps but who knows what possible jewels could be uncovered and dusted off, ready to pull on the hallowed black and white jersey in future years.Tweet