Grey look for a challenge

Grey College, South Africa’s No 1-ranked rugby school, have organised a tough schedule for 2010.

The Bloemfontein boys will begin their season with two matches in Welkom and Upington, before taking part in two festivals where they will play against some of the country’s top rugby schools.

‘We usually face seven big schools outside of Bloem during the year – such as Grey High, Affies and Glenwood – but we will play against more this season,’ 1st XV coach Dries van der Wal told

‘Our first match of 2010 will be against Harmony Sports School in Welkom. They’re one of the best schools in terms of developing black players, so it will be a difficult one first up. We then travel to Upington to face Hoërskool Duineveld and Hoërskool Upington, who are the toughest schools in the Griquas region.

‘We will be also competing in two festivals, starting with the Kearsney College Easter Festival, where we will play the hosts, EG Jansen and Monument. We will then face Paarl Gymnasium at the Wildeklawer Festival, which will be hosted by Affies.’

Van der Wal has not yet finalised his 1st XV squad because of summer sport commitments, but should do so within the next fortnight.

‘We have 28 rugby teams to draw up at the school, which includes 12 U19 sides. We want to give every boy a fair opportunity to get a first-team place, and it involves a lot of planning.

‘I should confirm my final first-team squad within the next two weeks, and I’ll select my captain at the same time.’

By Gareth Duncan