Elite rugby schools clash over player poaching


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.

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.