Craven Week heads to Jozi

Tue, 01 Nov 2016 13:19
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IN THE SPOTLIGHT: The Under-18 Craven Week will return to Johannesburg for the first time in 11 years in 2017.

The dates and venues for the 2017 SA Rugby Youth Weeks were announced on Tuesday.

The flagship event of the SA Rugby Youth Weeks will run concurrently with the Academy Week at St Stithians College from July 17 to 22 , while the U13 Craven Week and U16 Grant Khomo Week will be hosted at Grey College in Bloemfontein from  July 10 to 14 in a similar format to the 2016 Youth Weeks.

Similarly to the U18 and Junior Youth Weeks, the U16 and U18 National Girls Weeks will be hosted at the HT Pelatona Projects Stadium in Welkom from July.

The Learners with Special Education Needs (LSEN) Week will be hosted in Durban from July  3 to 6 next year, but the specific venue is yet to be announced.

"The decision to host the U18 and Junior boys weeks simultaneously at the same venue worked well this year from a spectator and scouting perspective, while the players enjoyed it too," said SA Rugby CEO Jurie Roux.

"In line with this we opted to align the U16 and U18 National Girls Weeks as well next year, which we believe will boost these tournaments. This tweak will result in three consecutive festivals of rugby next season, which will be equally exciting for SA Rugby, the players and spectators alike,"

2017 SA Rugby Youth Weeks dates and venues:

LSEN Week
Date:
July 3 - 6
Venue: Durban (Venue TBC)

U16 National Girls Weeks
Date:
July 3 - 7
Venue: HT Pelatona Projects Stadium, Welkom

U18 National Girls Weeks
Date:
July 3 - 7
Venue: HT Pelatona Projects Stadium, Welkom

U13 Craven Week
Date:
July 10 - 14
Venue: Grey College, Bloemfontein

U16 Grant Khomo Week
Date
: July 10 - 14
Venue: Grey College, Bloemfontein

U18 Academy Week
Date:
July 17 - 22
Venue: St Stithians College, Johannesburg

U18 Craven Week
Date:
July 17 - 22
Venue: St Stithians College, Johannesburg