St Benedicts Rugby History and 2014 Fixtures

Fri, 14/02/2014 - 07:58

Rugby was introduced to St Benedict’s College by the Headmaster Mr Tony Dobson at a Parents meeting in 1998. This came as a huge surprise to everyone present as the College only played soccer at that stage. This was a very BOLD decision. In many ways it was more comfortable to be a large fish in a small soccer pond, rather than a small fish in a big rugby pond. But as enrolment grew, and after the success of the 1995 Rugby World Cup it became increasingly clear that to maintain proper sporting relationships with comparable Boys’ High schools, St Benedict’s had to switch to rugby.  
The decision was welcomed by the boys and the introduction of Rugby at the College in 1998 was painless and brought about an instantaneous transformation within the school. The season was a true eye opener for all concerned as the open side played 8 games, won 1 against St John’s 3rd side and only managed to score 3 points the whole season with 350 points scored against them.

Success came rapidly! By the year 2000, St Benedict’s were regularly beating some of the more experienced rugby schools. St Benedict's rugby took huge strides forward because of the expert training and guidance the boys received. By 2005, St Benedict’s were playing against some of the top schools in the country.

St Benedict’s have now become a regular feature at the Easter Invitational festivals, and will this year be in action at the St Stithians Festival. Currently St Benedict’s has 18 rugby teams, a far cry from the 5 of 1998.

St Benedict’s have produced a few Craven Week players: Jarrod Taylor in 2003, Srdjan Dabovic in 2008, and Nyasha Tarusenga 2013. In 2008-2010 4 boys represented the school in the Lions Academy sides: Tebogo Modisane, Mervin Malebe 2009 and Luther Obi 2010. Luther went on to represented the SA u20 (Baby Boks) at the 2013 World Cup. Ricardo Robuschi, an old boy, has represented Italy at 7’s. Two old boys James Gardiner and Dane Mouyis were selected for the Lions Academy at club Level. St Benedict’s have also produced numerous provincial players in the younger age groups. 2012 saw St Benedict’s produce 7 Provincial players, 6 at the u16 age group and 1 in the u18 age Group. U/18 Daniel De Gouveia - Lions Welpies U/16 Katleho Totetsi and Nyasha Tarusenga - Grant Khomo A, Tatenda Zhoya, Mosolwa Mafuma and Koketso Maklinga - Grant Khomo XV, Tatenda Gotchera – Academy XV. Byrone Kennedy was selected for the Lions 7-a-side team. In 2013 Katleho Tsotetsi and Tatenda Zhoya were included in the Lions Academy side. Byrone Kennedy and Tapiwa Mangwana was selected for the PUK Lions side.

Spectators watching St Benedict’s College School are treated to exciting “running rugby”. We encourage team spirit, fitness and above all commitment.  St Benedict’s Rugby has come a long way in the 17 years since its inception. The challenge to become the best may not be easy, but it is possible!  

St Benedicts 2014 Rugby Fixtures

  • Wednesday 26 March vs. Parktown Boys High at Home
  • Saturday 5 April vs. St Johns College Away
  • Saturday 12 April vs. Jeppe at Home
  • 17 to 21 April Saints Easter Festival
  • 27 April to 3 May Tour down to KZN
  • Saturday 10 April vs. St Davids Inanda at Home
  • Saturday 24 May vs. St. Stithians Away
  • Saturday 31 May vs. Pretoria Boys High School Away
  • Saturday 7 June vs. Trinity House
  • Saturday 21 June vs. St. Albans College at Home



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