The 10 schoolboys selected as the best players in their respective tournaments in the inaugural @lantic Sevens series throughout the country will play in the senior invitational competition in Dubai.
This is the first step to start identifying sevens players for the future. Teams such as St Georges (effectively England A), the Christina Noble invitation side (effectively a shadow SA side), and provincial and top club sides take part in this tournament held at the same time as the IRB International World Sevens Series tournament in the Emirates.
"The first @lantic series was a huge success," said sports promoter Willem Strauss yesterday. "We had more than 200 schools taking part in the 10 tournaments - and the beauty was that lesser rugby schools could compete on an even footing.
"The 10-tournament series will be expanded next year to include tournaments in all the rugby unions, and we're on course to eventually make this the unofficial national championships. The 10 players selected will, however, not all be going to Dubai.
"Pierre Lombard of Waterkloof, who is only 16, is regarded as too young for this level of competition. His place is taken by Michaelhouse's Guy Cronje."
The best players at each of the 10 @lantic tournaments are: Gerrit van den Heever (Affies), GD Kotzee (Volkskool Heidelberg), Joubert Engelbrech (Upington), Brian Shabanga (Glenwood), Abednego Mamushi (Middelburg), Glen Mafumo (Ben Vorster), Pierre Lombard (Waterkloof), Hoffman Maritz (Voortrekker, Bethlehem), Enrico Acker (Outiniqua) and Justin Mckay (Excelsior). - Sapa