MiC: Mr Morne Nel
Rugby Captain: Byrone Kennedy
Rugby Vice Captain: Brandon Burger
Rugby began at St Benedict’s College in 1998 with two rugby fields and six teams. Since then, there has been an incredible growth and the College now boasts 6 open sides and 3 teams across all other age groups that compete against other Gauteng monastic independent and state schools.Matches against these schools have proven to be highly competitive in nature and St Benedict’s has seen improved results over the years.
The 2013 season promises to deliver much in terms of excitement and the fixture list includes matches against local rivalsand a tour down to IIRASA in Kwazulu Natal. A first ever trip down to St Andrew’s College Bloemfontein to participate in the schools competition is the second new trip on the calendar.
After participating in the St John’s College Easter Festival in 2008 and then the King Edward VII School Festival in 2007 and 2009 to 2012, St Benedict’s will be participating in the St Stithians Easter Festival for the first time. Festival matches include Wynburg Boys, the Standard Bank InvitationalXV and Windhoek Hoer.
During this rapid period of growth Bennies has become the number one provider to the East Rand Schools side over the past few years. This domination has led to more and more boys making representative teams each year. The firstSt Benedict’s Craven Week playerwas Jarrod Taylor in 2003 and heopened the door for players such as Srdjan Dabovic, Luther Obi, Tebogo Modisane and a further 10 players in the last three years who have made various representative teams. Old boys have moved on from the College in recent times to further representation in the Varsity Cup, Junior Currie Cup, Varsity CupYoung Guns and Varsity Shield.
We were also extremely proud to have two players make the South African u16 High Performance squad in 2012. Preseason preparation for the 2013 1st XV seasonhas been good with much excitement generated in the camp.The U14 age group has a tour to St Andrews College, and the u15’s will be looking to carry on where they left off after a highly successful 2012 season. The u16 age group will make a re-appearance at the Linden u16 Festival.