After the Craven Week, an SA Schools side will be announced to play in the Coca Cola u/19 International Series in August which will be hosted in Cape Town and features three rounds of matches on 11,14 and 19 August 2017 respectively, with the SA Schools team facing Wales, France and England.
No SA Schools "A" side will be selected and therefore the competition for places in the SA Schools side will be a lot fiercer as in the past few years and understandably a lot more criticism will be vented regarding the selection and obviously the selectors. Ruggas.co.za spoke yesterday and this morning to a few people whose opinion I value and to just add some spice I spoke to six top players at the Craven Week for their opinion.
The criteria were simple, pick the best players per position AT the Craven Week.
(1) Dian Bleuler, Oakdale, SWD (2) RuHann Greyling, Grey College, Free State (3) Keagan Glade, KES, Golden Lions (4) JJ van Der Mescht, Glenwood, Sharks (5) Janko Swanepoel, Stellenberg, WP (6) Dylan Kruger, Glenwood, Sharks (7) Marcel Theunissen, Grey College, Free Stae (8) Pepsi Buthelezi, DHS, Sharks (9) Sanele Nohamba, DHS, Sharks (10) Stephan van der Bank, Nelspruit, Pumas (11) Thaakir Abrahams, Boishaai, WP (12) Rikus Pretorius, Grey College, Free State (13) Henk Cilliers, Grey College, Free State (14) David Cary, Helpmekaar, Golden Lions (15) Hildegard du Plessis, Paarl Gim, WP
(16) Dameon Venter, Helpmekaar, Golden lions (17) Nkosikhona Masuku, Parktown Boys, Golden Lions (18) Le-Kleu Stokes, Brandwag, Eastern Province (19) Christen van Niekerk, Monnas, Golden Lions (20) Travis Gordon, KES, Golden Lions (21) Ruben Beytell, EG Jansen, Valke (22) Conan Le Fleur, Glenwood, Sharks (23) Siyanda Cele, Glenwood, Sharks.