Kearsney attracts top schools

The Kearsney College Easter Rugby Festival has named a strong line-up for this year’s event.

The festival takes place annually at Kearsney College, which is situated in Botha’s Hill (halfway between Durban and Pietermaritzburg).

This year’s competing schools hail from five provinces and include Grey College (Free State), Höerskool EG Jansen, Höerskool Marais Viljoen, Höerskool Monument (Gauteng), Selborne College, Höerskool Nico Malan (Eastern Cape), Höerskool Upington (Northern Cape), Glenwood High School, and Kearsney College (KwaZulu-Natal). The 10th team is the Blythedale/eLan Invitational XV comprising players from KZN’s development programme.

Kearsney College recently announced that Blythedale Coastal Resort of the eLan Property Group (north of Ballito) had signed on as the new title sponsor of the festival.

‘We are thrilled to be able to give something back to rugby development, which complements our long relationship in rugby with the South African Rugby Legends Association’, said eLan CEO Mark Taylor, who’s a Kearsney old boy.

Provisional schedule:

1 April
9:30 – Kearsney College vs Blythedale/eLan Invitational XV
10:45 – Marais Viljoen vs Upington Hoerskool
12:00 – EG Jansen vs Grey College
14:15 – Selborne College vs Nico Malan
15:30 – Glenwood High vs Monument Hoerskool

3 April
08:00 – Selborne College vs Blythedale/eLan Invitational XV
09:15 – Monument Hoerskool vs Upington Hoerskool
10:30 – Glenwood High School vs Marais Viljoen
11:45 – EG Jansen vs Nico Malan
14:00 – Kearsney College vs Grey College

5 April
09:30 – Blythedale/eLan Invitational XV vs Marais Viljoen
10:45 – Nico Malan vs Upington Hoerskool
12:00 – Kearsney College vs E.G. Jansen
14:15 – Glenwood High School vs Selborne College
15:30 Grey College vs Monument Hoerskool


31 March – Festival opening event including Sharks players panel and celebrity MC
2 April – Participating schools’ tour of Absa Stadium and Sharks Academy
4 April – Easter Sunday Service at Kearsney College Chapel followed by music concert on cricket oval