All to play for at U18 Youth Weeks
July 16, 2017
The U18 Coca-Cola Craven Week and Coca-Cola Academy Week players will have more than playing to their potential and earning top honours in the tournaments on their mind when they take to the field at St Stithians College in Johannesburg on Monday, with selection to the SA Schools teams to spur them on.

The SA Schools team for the U19 International Series in August will be selected from these competitions, which will serve as extra motivation for the players to make deliver their best performances.

The annual competition - also sponsored by Coca-Cola - will be hosted in Cape Town and features three rounds of matches on 11, 14 and 19 August respectively, with the SA Schools team facing Wales, France and England.

The two U18 Coca-Cola Youth Weeks follow on two weeks of tournaments in the SA Rugby Youth Weeks Series, which included the U16 Coca-Cola Grant Khomo Week and U13 Coca-Cola Craven Week in Bloemfontein, the Learners with Special Education Needs (LSEN) Week in Durban and the National Girls U18 Week in Welkom.

The thrilling action kicks off early on Monday, with the Tshepa Trading Griffons meeting GWK Griquas CD in the opening match of the U18 Coca-Cola Craven Week at 08h30, while the Valke will take on the Limpopo Blue Bulls in the first match of the Coca-Cola Academy Week at 08h00.

The main matches of the day in the U18 Coca-Cola Craven Week will see DHL Western Province, who finished the competition as the top team last season, take on the Pumas, and hosts, the Bidvest Waltons Lions go up against Border.

The big match-ups in the Coca-Cola Academy Week will feature DHL Western Province, who also took top honours last season, and Boland, while the Sharks will meet SWD.

The 10 remaining teams in the U18 Coca-Cola Craven Week and 14 teams in the Coca-Cola Academy will battle it out in their opening round on Tuesday.

The matches will continue on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday, with all the teams having Friday off to recover.

U18 Coca-Cola Craven Week day one fixtures (Monday, 16 July):

08h30 – Tshepa Trading Griffons v GWK Griquas CD
10h05 – Limpopo Blue Bulls v Border CD
11h35 – Free State v Boland
13h15 – DHL Western Province v Pumas
15h30 – Bidvest Waltons Golden Lions v Border

Coca-Cola Academy Week day one fixtures (Monday, 16 July):

08h00 – Valke v Limpopo Blue Bulls
09h20 – Eastern Province CD v Griquas CD
10h40 – Sharks CD v Griffons
12h00 – Eastern Province v Griquas
13h20 – Sharks v SWD
15h30 – DHL Western Province v Boland

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07:22 - New Zealand vs Samoa
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08:06 - Fiji vs Russia
08:30 - Canada vs Kenya
08:52 - South Africa vs Uganda
09:14 - Scotland vs France
09:36 - England vs Spain

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