SA U18 Schools Rugby Transfers 2013

Wed, 14/11/2012 - 15:11
  • SA Schools Rugby U18

The top national franchises have yet again scooped up the best SA Schools players with the Bulls out front having signed half of the 28 SA Schools U18 rugby players, six coming from outside provinces.

The most notable of these six players are Handre Pollard from Paal Gimnasium and Jesse Kriel from Maritzburg College. Handre Pollard’s move to the Bulls left Western Province looking for a fly-half resulting in Ryno Eksteen, Affies and Blue Bulls Craven Week fly-half, signing on. The KZNRU retained the services of Sandile Khubeka along with Kearsney teammates and grade 11 twin powerhouses, Daniel and Jean-Luc du Preez, rumoured to be signing with the Sharks due to family affiliation with the franchise.

Another provincial crossover comes from Boland as Overberg Höerskool grade 11, Francios Esterhuizen, opted to attend Tygerberg High School next year in order to be eligible for Western Province selection. The smaller franchises were most affected by this provincial crossover with Boland losing all three of their SA School U18 players.

See where all the SA Schools U18 Rugby players are heading:

2012 SA U18 Rugby Team


Player Name School Craven Week Team Signed  For
Aidon Davis Daniel Pienaar Eastern Province Free State Cheetahs
Daniel du Preez Kearsney KwaZulu Natal Rumoured: Natal Sharks
Francois Esterhuizen Overberg Hoerskool Boland Rumoured:Western Province
Nicolaas Janse van Rensburg Affies Blue Bulls Blue Bulls
Gideon Koegelenberg Hugetnote High Boland Natal Sharks
Wilco Louw HTS Drostdy Boland Blue Bulls
Thabo Mabuza Centurion Blue Bulls Blue Bulls
Malcom Marx KES Golden Lions Golden Lions
Ox Nche Luis Botha Free State Rumoured: Blue Bulls
Abongile Nonkontwana St. Albans College Blue Bulls Blue Bulls
JD Schickering Paarl Gim Western Province Western Province
Pierre Schoeman Affies Blue Bulls Blue Bulls
Chad Solomon Paul Roos Western Province Western Province
Dayan van de Westhuizen Centurion Blue Bulls Blue Bulls
Jano Venter HTS Middelburg Pumas Golden Lions
Jean-Luc du Preez Kearsney KwaZulu Natal Rumoured: Natal Sharks


Player Name School Craven Week Team Signed For
Ryno Eksteen Affies Blue Bulls Western Province
Warrick Gelant Outeniqua Hoerskool SWD Blue Bulls
Rohan Janse van Rensburg Waterkloof Blue Bulls Blue Bulls
Jesse Kriel Maritzburg College KwaZulu Natal Blue Bulls
Sandile Khubeka Kearsney KwaZulu Natal Natal Sharks
Jurie Linde Affies Blue Bulls Rumoured: Blue Bulls
Matjikinyane Molapo Ben Vorster Blue Bulls Blue Bulls
Sergeal Petersen Grey High Eastern Province EP Kings
Justin Phillips Waterkloof Blue Bulls Western Province
Handre' Pollard Paal Gim Western Province Blue Bulls
Akhona Sihunu Dale College Border Golden Lions
Duhan van de Merwe Outeniqua Hoerskool SWD Blue Bulls

Number of Signings per Team

Team No. of signings
Blue Bulls 14
Western Provice 5
Natal Sharks 4
Golden Lions 3
Free State Cheetahs 1
EP Kings 1

Player Provincial Crossovers

From To Total
Blue Bulls (1) Western Province 1
Western Province (1) Blue Bulls 1
KwaZulu Natal (1) Blue Bulls 1
Golden Lions    
Free State (1) Blue Bulls 1
Eastern Province (1) Free State 1
Boland (1) Western Provice (1) KwaZulu Natal (1) Blue Bulls  3
Border (1) Golden Lions 1
Pumas (1) Golden Lions 1
SWD (2) Blue Bulls 2
Total 12

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Submitted by Yolanda du Plessis (not verified) on

I thought it is important to set the record straight - Ryno Eksteen signed with WP BEFORE Handre signed with the Bulls. So contrary to the comment above which suggests Ryno was considered as a sub for Handre, RYNO WAS SIGNED FOR BEING EXCEPTIONAL AND NO OTHER REASON!

Submitted by Phillip (not verified) on

Handre was committed with the Bulls when he was 16. Only signed after craven week because of regulations.

Submitted by Tony Stoops (not verified) on

Francois Esterhuyzen will be attending HS Tygerberg for his Matric year in 2013.

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