Zimbabwe To Open 53rd Craven Week

Kearsney College in Kwazulu Natal, South Africa will host the 2016 edition of the Coca-Cola U18 Craven Week from Monday the 11th July through to Saturday the 16th. The private school located some 40km away from the Durban city centre will also play host for the Academy Week.

Zimbabwe has performed badly at the past two editions of the U18 Craven Week and have rightly been handed the first fixture of the tournament on the morning of Monday 11 July. The last time Zimbabwe won a game at the U18 Craven Week was on the 10th of July in 2013 when they bashed the Limpopo Blue Bulls 43-5. The 2013 squad included the likes of Brendon Mandivenga, Rukudzo Gona and Stephen Bhasera who also pursued rugby after high school.

In a first for the Coca-Cola youth weeks, the U13 and the U16 tournaments will be hosted at one venue, Paarl Gimnasium in the Western Cape. Both tournaments will run from the 4th to the 8th of July. For the U16 tournament named Grant Khomo, Zimbabwe will play Border Country Districts in the first match of day two.

Fun Fact: This year marks 53 years since Craven Week was initiated and Zimbabwe has always participated. Did you know that Harare then Salisbury, hosted the seventh edition of the tournament in 1970 at the Police Grounds.