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81 teams expected at 2018 Standard Bank Grey High School Rugby Festival

Apr 20, 2018
81 teams expected at 2018 Standard Bank Grey High School Rugby Festival

The Standard Bank Grey High School Rugby Festival is set to be another high quality tournament when it takes place in Port Elizabeth at the end of this month.

In association with Powerade and supported by AlgoaFM, the festival on April 28 and 30 will see 81 teams, including 28 First XVs, descend on the Grey campus for another celebration of schoolboy rugby.

Since its inception 25 years ago, the Grey High Festival has grown in prestige and attendance, attracting some of the top rugby-playing schools from around the country, and demonstrating why it has contributed to the ranks of South Africa’s national sports teams for many years.

Springbok flank Siya Kolisi says that the Grey Rugby Festival has a wonderful atmosphere for spectators and, as a player, it was an ideal opportunity to compare himself against the best players from other schools.

This year, the organisers have extended the number of invitations, making this festival bigger and better than previous ones. A total of 1674 players and around 300 officials will be part of the tournament.

Johannesburg teams Jeppe and St John’s will be attending, as well as a number of schools from the Durban and Border regions. There is also a large contingent from the Eastern Cape, including schools from Grahamstown, Uitenhage and several PE township sides.

With the inclusion of u14, u15, u16 and second teams, players are gearing up for stiff competition between rivals.

Grey High School is proud to be associated with Standard Bank and thankful for the renewal of the Festival sponsorship.

Rector Chris Erasmus believes that the Grey and Standard Bank brands are perfectly aligned and that there is a good synergy between the two organisations.

“Although the sponsorship is for the festival weekend, the awareness of the partnership throughout the year on campus reminds us that both brands share the same founding forefather in John Paterson, who established both The Grey Institute and Standard Bank in Port Elizabeth in the 1800s,” he said.

It is, however, not all about rugby as the boys are able to socialise and make new friends, while coaches catch up with each other and enjoy the camaraderie.

There are plenty of festivities off the field, including giant jumping castles, food stalls, a beer garden, live music at the end of the day and much more.

The fixture list can be viewed on the Grey High School website www.greyhighschool.com