11 schools are taking part at a three day Falcon College rugby U14 coaching course that also includes field matches aimed at improving the standard of the sport in the country.
The annual event that enters its second year follows a partnership between Falcon College, Investec International Rugby Academy and AMG Global.
Some of the schools attending includes Northlea, Lomagundi, Whitestone, CBC, Hillcres and Highlands.
This year’s edition is boosted by the presence of experienced former players now turned coaches in 1995 South African Springboks rugby world cup winning player, Marius Hurter, former Kwazulu Natal loose forward Jacques Botes, Nico le Roux who is an ex-technical advisor to New Zealand and former defence coach for English premiership side London Irish’s Michael Horak.
With over 250 players taking part in both junior and senior categories, Investec International Rugby Academy coach Hurter indicated that he was thrilled with the quality that was exhibited and also revealed that his organisation was propelled by the desire to give the budding stars a starting block.
Hosts, Falcon College’s headmaster Reginald Querl noted that it was his school’s objective to grow the event in an effort to afford all U14s in the country a taste of the sport of rugby.
It is hoped that the same amount of energy invested in nurturing the talent will be exerted in retaining it to don the national team colours in the future unlike the prevailing situation where players dessert Zimbabwe to play for other countries.