Rugby balls are displayed on the field prior to Ireland's training session during the 2011 Rugby World Cup in Taupo on September 20, 2011.
JOHANNESBURG - Relations between two Johannesburg based schools have turned sour due to poaching.
Parktown Boys has suspended all one-on-one sporting activities against King Edward VII School (KES). The decision was communicated to Parktown Boys parents on 15 January after two Parktown rugby players were allegedly poached by KES during the school holiday period. The pair have been on full sports scholarships at Parktown since Grade 8.
So King Edward&39;s School poached 2 Rugby players frm Parktown Boys & nw they are boycotting matches against each other. SMH 702 conversations— Doro X (@DaMxow) January 21, 2016
Parktown alleges that the boys have moved to KES. Parktown Boys deputy Headmaster of marketing and enrolment confirmed that all sporting activities between the schools have been suspended until further notice.
“This is bigger than the two schools involved. We, as a school, believe that the time has come to make a stand against the continued procurement of players between the boys’ schools, either by direct approaches from schools or through the use of agents,” said a statement issued by Parktown Boys.
KES sports headmaster was in a meeting when contacted for comment. The school promised to provide comment at 3pm Thursday. KES has not replied.
Parktown Boys High has cancelled all sporting activities vs KES due to KES poaching 2 of their best rugby players. Its not a sport, its life— Maqhawe (@MaqPaulM) January 21, 2016