The Blue Bulls’ Prestige Rugby Evening tournament will take place at Loftus on 7 March.
The second edition of the Blue Bulls’ junior competition will see 18 high school and two primary school teams compete against each other.
Each team will be mentored by a Bulls player, who will interact with the team throughout the evening, offering guidance and motivation to give players a unique experience.
A few regular rugby rules have also been relaxed in order to ensure running rugby. There will be no kicking for points, while each team will be allowed to use a maximum of 26 players and rolling substitutions will be implemented.
Man of the Match awards will be decided by the Bulls coaching staff, including head coach Nollis Marais, and the Player of the Evening will be awarded a Blue Bulls contract.
According to Werner de Beer, the high-performance coordinator at Blue Bulls Company, the tournament has already shown immense growth while serving the Bulls as a tool to identify talent.
‘The Prestige Rugby Evening may have only been in existence for a year, but we have already received immense interest from schools around the country. This year will see several schools from the Griffons region compete against schools from the Blue Bulls, Leopards and Lions regions,’ said De Beer.
‘The evening provides players the opportunity to play at one of South Africa’s iconic rugby fields, Loftus, while giving the High Performance department an opportunity to identify talent that they may not always have access to, as players do slip through the cracks.’
Prestige Rugby Evening fixtures:
Midstream U13 vs Curro Heuwelkruin U13 (12:00)
Pretoria Boys High vs Oos Moot (13:00)
Pretoria Technical High School vs Curro Heuwelkruin (14:00)
Ben Vorster vs St Alban’s College (15:00)
Kempton Park vs Goudveld (16:00)
Zwartkop vs Potchefstroom Gimnasium (17:00)
Menlopark vs Jeppe (18:00)
EG Jansen vs Bethlehem Voortrekker (19:00)
Monnas vs Welkom Gimnasium (20:00)
Garsfontein vs Diamantveld (21:00)
Photo: Kayleigh Kruger/Garsfontein