Jacques Botes

Rugby youngsters get expert mentoring

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WHILE the whole country is focused on the ongoing World Rugby Under-20 Trophy as well as the annual Dairibord Schools Rugby Festival in Harare, up and coming youngsters will be getting expert coaching from South African mentors during the inaugural Falcon College Under-14 tournament in Esigodini.
The competition started on Wednesday and ends on Friday.

The South African coaches from the Investec International Rugby Academy in Durban arrived in the country on Tuesday to impart their expertise to local youngsters during the three-day event.

According to information provided by tournament organiser Orlando Fernandes, the South Africans were expected to conduct sessions in the morning with matches being played in the afternoon throughout the three days.

Former Super Rugby star Jacques Botes, ex Uganda national team coach Joe Beukes, Braam van Straatan, a 21 times capped Springbok flyhalf as well as Investec Rugby Academy South Africa general manager Greg Miller are going to hand out specialist coaching to up and coming talent over a three-day period.

Eight teams are participating in the tournament, these being Hellenic, Falcon College, Heritage, Lomagundi, Gateway, Christian Brothers College and Midlands Christian College while an invitation has been extended to a select team from Bulawayoa��s western suburbs to replace Petra who could not make it.

a�?The South African coaches will conduct coaching sessions for all the youngsters in the mornings and matches take place in the afternoon. There will be four matches per day, each school plays once every day,a��a�� said Fernandes.

On Thursday evening, the coaches were expected to attend a formal dinner at the Bulawayo Club.A� The dinner was meant for the visiting coaches from other schools, sponsors as well as parents for the players.

Sponsorship for the inaugural event has been secured from AMG Global, a chartered accounting firm, in the form of a monetary donation and T-shirts and caps to all the players.