THE COCA-COLA Craven Week returns to Johannesburg for the first time after 11 years hiatus.
It takes place at St Stithians College from July 17 to 22 2017.
The tourney is synonymous with showcasing the best of South African up-and-coming youth rugby talent, and is the platform for both national and provincial scouts to identify South Africa’s future rugby heroes.
This is where under 18s provincial rugby teams do battle, were 260 Springbok players have been identified and selected.
Fetsi Mbele, Coca-Cola South Africa’s Senior Communications Manager- Assets and Brand Experience commented: “Having been the proud sponsors of the Coca-Cola Youth Weeks for 32 years, we have witnessed some of the best talent come through its ranks.
It was great to see some of our past Hero of the Day winners represent our country at the recently concluded World Rugby u20 Championship in Georgia.
Coca-Cola Craven Week has the potential to jumpstart a future in rugby for all its participants and I have no doubt that the next generation of players will be uncovered at this year’s tournament.”
To date, 15 players, including members of the 2017 Baby Boks team Curwin Bosch, Wandisile Simelane and Embrose Papier, have received this accolade.
At the time of publishing South African Rugby Union boss Jurie Roux had not responded for a comment.
Meanwhile, the SARU is bidding for the Rugby World Cup 2023.
Expected to contribute over R27,3bn for SA, Roux and his team have presented their 827- case study page to the World Cup organizing committee in Dublin, on why the country should be the host in 2023 for this mega-sporting event.
SA is bidding against nations France and Ireland.
The World Rugby committee is set to announce the successful applicant on November 15.