Ruggas will be covering u/13 rugby from 2018 and in order to do this, we need to establish the top 100 schools in South Africa. I started to watch primary school rugby since early May this year and attended close to 40 games this year. The Wildeklawer Festival for juniors was an eye opener as the quality of play by Paarl Gim and Kenmare was astonishing. The Craven Week also showed that the competition is as furious at the u/13 level as at any level in high schools.
To establish a ranking system will be 10 times more difficult than at high school level as not all the schools venture outside their own union's boundaries but events like the Wildeklawer, Grey College Festival and Super12 Competition in the Noordvaal will help a lot.
I am fairly happy with the top 10 schools on this list and saw 8 of them play in person. Paarl Gim definitely the king with a brilliant team and one can only wonder why only 2 of their players was included in the u/13 Craven Week team. They play Boishaai who features at #35 on the Top 35 as published below in the big interschools this weekend.
Next week on 9 August 2017 Kenmare, champions of the Golden Lions will play against the Blue Bulls Champions, Wonderboom at Loftus. Kenmare deserves the no 2 spot on the current rankings as they only lost against Paarl Gim twice this year and only Grey College could really scare them.
If you agree or disagree with the rankings or can help to add any school you think must feature on our top 100 for 2018 send an email with your name and surname to firstname.lastname@example.org to register and participate in this interesting exercise.