Rugby

Photo taken by Martin Ashworth.

AN EXCITING BRAND OF RUGBY

St Charles College has worked extremely hard to put the infrastructure and human capital in place to ensure that we are able to compete confidently in schoolboy rugby in and outside the province. We currently play traditional fixtures against eight of the top ten rugby playing schools in the province and tour to some of the most competitive Easter rugby festivals across the country, in all our age groups.

Our rugby specialist, Mr Petrus Du Plessis, manages and leads the rugby program at St Charles College. The aim of the rugby program is to develop strong and confident young men by focusing on a strong base of conditioning, upskilling and mentorship. Contributing factors to the success of Saints rugby has been the hard work put in by coaches, players and support staff.

   

SENIOR SCHOOL FIXTURES 2021

19 March Maritzburg College - Maritzburg Day (A)
14-17 April Easter Festival @ St Johns College
23 April Hilton College (A)
30 April Westville (H)
07 May Clifton College (A)
14 April Kearsney College (H)
28 May Northwood (A)
11 June Michaelhouse (A)

FACILITIES

Our home of rugby is Old Orchards. The field is set in the heart of the College and the amphitheatre surroundings make for an incredible atmosphere on game days. The war cries reverberate off the school buildings.

The College is fortunate to have 7 rugby fields and can host the Primary and Senior School rugby fixtures at home on any given Saturday.

Rugby Sevens is one of the fastest growing sports on the Saints campus with both senior and junior age groups each fielding 3 sides. Played in the third quarter of the year, we send Under 15 and Under 18 teams to festivals and tournaments around the province every weekend. Rugby Sevens is an exciting brand of rugby, with fewer boys on the field making it a faster paced game. Boys enjoy playing and expressing themselves in the high intensity matches! The aim of our Sevens program is to upskill and develop players for our 15-a-side program.

HISTORY IN THE MAKING

Jackob Sisia - KZN Sharks U18 Academy Team

Andrew Beyrooti - signed for the Sharks in 2021

PREP SCHOOL RUGBY

Producing, Nurturing and developing rugby players

In the Prep School, we endeavour to equip each boy with the foundational rugby skills and knowledge necessary for him to play a variety of roles within the team as he grows physically and develops in ability. We encourage coaching that teaches our boys to always play with passion for their school, commitment to their teammates and sportsmanship towards their opposition.

Boksmart measures and safety protocols have been embraced at the School as we strongly support the idea of helping each player progress, no matter their ability. Each boy’s progress is carefully monitored to ensure they are playing at a level that is beneficial to them.

We field five teams at U13 level, two at U11 and four at U10 and U9. In the Senior Primary our boys train at least twice a week and have fixtures every Saturday morning.

In the Junior Primary, Rugby is taught in a safe, sensible and controlled way with the focus being on developing the basic skills and having lots of fun. Our boys are slowly introduced to transitional contact through these formative years.

Our 1st XV boys have the opportunity to attend prestigious rugby festivals over the Easter period. At these tournaments, our teams have consistently set high standards on and off the field of play. An increasing number of our boys have been selected to represent Midlands and Provincial teams.

We are very proud that the majority of the boys that leave the Prep School have a love for Rugby and are keen to progress their skills further.

PREP FIXTURES FOR 2021

Highbury Midlands Rugby Festivals
Howick Pelham
Cordwalles Clifton Nottingham Road
Laddsworth Scottsville