Saru educates school players

Saru says it encourages school players to be safe and responsible.

Coca-Cola Craven Week. Picture: Wikipedia

JOHANNESBURG - The physical conditioning of school rugby players has improved in previous years and, although some teams are clearly tactically superior, as far as physical strength and condition are concerned, the gaps between provinces have closed.

The provincial high performance programme requires each province to identify a squad of at least 30 under-15 players and at least 50 under-17s each year and to begin preparing them for the next year's Coca-Cola youth weeks - Craven & Academy Week.

The South African Rugby Union's (Saru) junior high performance manager, Herman Masimla, spoke to Talk Radio 702's Udo Carelse about the state of the programme.

Masimla said players are getting bigger every year and there has been noticeable improvement in physical conditioning.

"We've been doing research over the past 10 years at Craven Week and last week we had under 16s and they look great."

Masimla added they have a performance plan where provinces follow a plan of testing the players so the union can identify which players to improve.

On Wednesday, Carelse addressed the issue of doping in sports and Masimla's response was that they educate players regarding the issue.

Masimla said the event would draw to an end as soon as they worked out who will be in the South African school's team.