A monumental task awaits Durban High School coach Ray van Noordwyk in 2009 to help DHS re-establish themselves as a top schoolboy rugby institution.Van Schalkwyk will not be alone in his endeavours to conquer the KZN schools league this year, he will be assisted by former University of JHB and Gauteng schools coach, Eugene Rooiackers and incumbent KZN schools U16 coach, Graham Furber. Van Schalkwyk will have four Craven Week players at his disposal this year which should help the DHS side rocket up the rankings.
Last season DHS pushed rivals and Classic Clash opponents Glenwood all the way before losing 12-6. However, they did manage to thrash Maritzburg College at home under their new world-class floodlit ground. DHS is at the forefront of developing talented youngsters, and two new acquisitions from the Griffions U16 Grant Khomo Week in the form of a tighthead prop and an outside back will undoubtedly also strengthen the side in 2009. All the signs indicate that this year should see DHS a recognisable force in schoolboy rugby once again.