2019 SA Rugby Youth Week dates and venues announced

Posted on October 24, 2018  /  Issued by SA Rugby

The U18 Craven Week will return to Grey College in the Bloemfontein for the first time since 2005, when the popular schools rugby showcase plays out from 1 to 6 July 2019.

The flagship tournament in the SA Rugby Youth Weeks series will run concurrently with the Academy Week at Grey College, while the Learners with Special Education Needs (LSEN) week will be hosted at the same venue two weeks earlier from 17 to 20 June.

The U13 Craven Week and U16 Grant Khomo Week will be hosted at Hoërskool Rob Ferreira in Mpumalanga from 24 to 28 June, with the National Girls U16 and U18 Weeks returning to Jeppe High School in Johannesburg from 17 to 21 June.

The U18 Craven Week and Academy Week competitions will follow the same competition format as the last few seasons, which saw the Blue Bulls, Golden Lions, Sharks and Western Province field invitational sides in addition to their regular Craven Week teams.

Zimbabwe, Namibia, will only play in the Academy Week, while Eastern Province Country Districts (CD), Griquas CD and Border CD will have the option of participating in the Academy Week. The U18 Craven Week will again feature 18 teams and the Academy Week 28 teams.

SA Rugby Youth Weeks 2019 fixtures (all subject to change, times TBC):

U18 Craven Week:

Monday, 1 July:

Valke v Leopards
SWD v Pumas
Western Province v Boland
Free State v Sharks

Tuesday, 2 July:

Griquas v Limpopo Blue Bulls
Blue Bulls XV v Golden Lions XV
Griffons v Eastern Province
Border v Blue Bulls
Golden Lions v Western Province XV

U16 Grant Khomo Week:

Monday, 24 June:

Namibia v Border CD
Griquas v Zimbabwe
Golden Lions v Leopards
Valke v Griffons
Western Province v Boland
Border v Sharks
Blue Bulls v Eastern Province
Free State v SWD
Pumas v Limpopo Blue Bulls

U13 Craven Week:

Monday, 24 June:

Free State v Namibia
Leopards v Border CD
Griquas v Zimbabwe
Blue Bulls v Eastern Province
SWD v Sharks
Golden Lions v Border
Border v Limpopo Blue Bulls
Western Province v Valke
Pumas v Griffons


Monday, 17 June:

Valke v Blue Bulls
Western Province v Eastern Province
Boland v SWD
Free State v Pumas
Golden Lions v Leopards
Griffons v Sharks
Golden Lions EE v Gauteng XV