The Eastern Province Rugby Union will this year play host to the prestigious Under 18 Coca-Cola Craven Week schools tournament taking place from 8-14 July 2012 at Nelson Mandela Bay stadium. It has been 12 long years since EPRU hosted the event and 2012 promises to produce an eventful and entertaining tournament.
Coca-Cola South Africa has sponsored youth rugby for 27 years and has committed to continuing with this tradition. Of the current Springbok team 90 percent have competed in at least one of the weeks. “Coca-Cola South Africa is proud to be the brand where future stars start their quest in tackling the future,” said Craig van Niekerk, Coca-Cola South Africa, Marketing Assets Manager. “The youth weeks are also aimed at encouraging young rugby players to live an active and healthy lifestyle which is in line with our Live For A Difference strategy.”
The Coca-Cola Craven Week is synonymous with unearthing talent and fuelling South African rugby with future Springboks and with this in mind, we are confident that this year’s participants, as has been the case in recent years, will need no extra motivation to compete at their best for the duration of the tournament.
The participating teams will be accommodated in three Uitenhage school hostels, Daniel Pienaar, Brandwag and Strelitzia for the duration of the tournament, while the games will take place at the iconic and world class Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.
The hosting of this year’s tournament is not only a great coup for the Eastern Province Rugby community but rather for all inhabitants of the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan and is surrounds but as well as the whole of the Eastern Cape community.
We wish all participating teams the best of luck for the tournament and we look forward to welcoming you to our shores with open arms!
The final Eastern Province Craven Week Under 18 team will be made up from the following players who have been placed in four different teams – the Hoko, Buys, Gerber and Pieterse XV’s:
- Brandwag is represented by: Matthew Moore, Elandre Crouse, Ivan John du Preez, Mario Mouwers, JH Bezuidenhout and Christo van Eeden. (6)
- Daniel Pienaar is represented by: Marius Minnie, Pelzer Hanekom, Ray Williams, Aiden Davis, Francois Nel, Tevin Williams, JP Naude, Marcelle Plaatjies and Darren Wright. (9)
- Despatch is represented by: Raynard van Rensburg, Armand Lombaard and Wayburn Howley. (3)
- Framesby is represented by: Bart le Roux, Roche van Hall, Erwin Slabbert, Anru Botha, Ernest Stappelberg and Anrich Alberts. (6)
- Grey is represented by: Lloyd Parker, Ayden Boyd, Brandon Brown, Gareth Ehret, CJ Velleman, Bethandwa Cafu, Matthew Alborough, Bantu Kwatsha, Lindley Kritzinger, Alex Banfield, Siviwe Bisset, Sergeal Petersen, Phelo Mfini, Gary Loest and Martin Groenewald. (15)
- Humansdorp is represented by: Masimelo Mrewbi, Noel Kapank, Rual May. (3)
- John Walton is represented by: Damian Kriel. (1)
- Muir is represented by: Luxolo Koza. (1)
- Ndzondelelo is represented by: Siyanda Moot. (1)
- Newton Tech is represented by: Sabelo Sam. (1)
- Nico Malan is represented by: Deon vd Westhuizen, Jonathan Louw, Gerhard Engelbrecht, JJ. Kilian, Selwyn Davids, Louhaan Niewoudt and Petrus Meyer. (7)
- Otto du Plessis is represented by: Lyle Lombaard, Luciano Daniels. (2)
- Pearson is represented by: Justin Antonie, Jonathan Ford, Siva Mandlake, Henko de Jager and Weslee Jones. (5)