3 DHS Boys selected for SA Schools U19 Rugby!
On Thursday, July 27, 2017, the South African Rugby Union named the SA Schools squad for the U19 International Series against Wales, France and Italy next month.
Out of the 28-man squad, three Durban High School learners have been chosen to represent their country. The team was selected by a team of National and SA Schools selectors from the pool of players who played at the U18 Craven Week during the July holidays.
Phendulani Buthelezi, Sanele Nohamba and Celimpilo Gumede will don the green and gold as part of the SA Schools squad that will play at the international tournament to be held in Cape Town.
Sanele Nohamba (18) in Grade 12, is from the Alice in the Eastern Cape and is a Blackmore House boy. This is his second year of selection for SA Schools Rugby. He has been selected to play scrumhalf.
Phendulani Buthelezi (18) in Grade 12, the current Head Boy of DHS and Blackmore House and Captain of Rugby, hails from Hluhluwe in Zululand. Phendulani was elected as Captain of the KZN Craven Week this year. This is his first year of being selected as part of the SA Schools Rugby team. He currently plays 8th man and has been selected to play in the No 8 position.
Celimpilo Gumede (17) is a Grade 11 learner and plays for the DHS 1st XV Rugby. Celimpilo hails from Mtubatuba in Zululand, and is also a Blackmore House boarder. Last year he attended the SARU U16 Assessment Camp in Paarl. This is his first time being selected as part of the SA Schools U19 Rugby team. He has been selected to play lock.
“I am extremely proud of these young men. They have shown such dedication in their pursuit of excellence and they have done so with a genuine love for the game. It has been a pleasure working with these boys over the past 3 years as they have always consistently given their best in every session. They really have been role models to all the young boys not just in the way they play but more importantly in their behaviour off the field. Their humility is an example to all and it will continue to keep them attaining the standards of excellence they have set. I wish them every bit of success with the SA Schools team; I know they will be great ambassadors for their country!” Scott Mathie (Head of Rugby)
Mr A D Pinheiro (DHS Head Master) also expressed his pride on the selection, commenting: “Craven Week is the premier school boy rugby tournament in the world. All the best school boy rugby players from around the country participate in it. To be selected in the SA Schools Rugby XV from this talented pool attests to the ability of these two fine young men. DHS is proud of both their playing prowess as well as their conduct. They are first-rate young men who act as role models to our other boys. Their success is deserved”.
Congratulations Phendulani, Sanele and Celimpilo! We are delighted and so very proud of you!