The Coca-Cola Craven Week, a rugby tournament for high school boys, will take place in Rustenburg starting on Monday.
The 20 teams in action this year are made up of the A teams of the 14 Sarfu provinces, Namibia and Zimbabwe, as well as four teams selected at the four regional Academy Weeks that took place last week.
Sarfu has explained that the reason for reducing the number of teams at the week from 36 last year has to do with reinstating the Craven Week's status as an elite tournament.
The Academy Weeks that were held in the four Super 12 regions were to ensure that all talented players got the opportunity to play provincial rugby. And the boys chosen for the regional sides to play at Craven Week have the chance of playing at a higher level as well as catching the eye of the selectors.
Matches will take place from Monday to Saturday, with Friday being set aside as a rest day.
At the end of next Saturday's play a Ussasa South African Schools team will be selected to play the French national schools team on July 21 and 28, and a Ussasa Academy team to meet the Australian Academy team on July 28 will be announced.
Fixtures for the first two days:
Monday: 10.40am Namibia v Griquas, 11.50am Cubs v W Cape, 1pm N Free State v SW Districts, 2.10pm KwaZulu-Natal v Lions, 3.20pm Northwest v Boland
5pm Opening Ceremony.
Tuesday: 12.30pm Ngunis v E Coast, 1.40pm Falcons v Border, 2.50pm W Province v Zimbabwe, 4pm Blue Bulls v E Province, 5.10pm Pumas v Free State
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