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Best Rugby Schools In South Africa

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South Africa has a good reputation in rugby sport and one of the best countries that produces some of the greatest rugby players in the world. Players like Wynand Olivier, Beast Mtawarira, Bryan Habana, Hanyani Shimange, and many others first honed their skills at one of South Africa’s top rugby schools.

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Top 10 best rugby schools in South Africa

  1. Grey College
  2. Paarl Boys
  3. Paul Roos Gymnasium
  4. Afrikaanse Hoër Seunskool
  5. maritzburg college
  6. Grey High School
  7. Glenwood High School
  8. Michaelhouse
  9. Kearsney College
  10. Rondebosch Boys’ High School

1. Grey College

Grey College is an English and Afrikaans medium school located in Bloemfontein, Free State, and is widely regarded as the best in South Africa, having a good history of rugby. Many famous Springbok players have come from Grey College, including Andre Joubert, Os du Randt, and Francois Steyn.

About Grey College

Founder: George Grey

Founded: 13 October 1855

Motto: NIHIL STABILE QUOD INFIDUM

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Colors: White, Gold

School fees: R39 840

 Boarding; R35 060 (tuition)

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Headmaster: Jurie Geldenhuis (Primary School)

2. Paarl Boys’ High School

Paarl Boys’ High School is also an Afrikaans and English school, one of the most prestigious schools in Cape Town, South Africa, and has a strong rugby tradition. The school’s first team has won numerous national titles, and many famous Springbok players have also come from Paarl Boys’ High, including Jean de Villiers and Schalk Burger the South African legends. 

Paarl Boys’ High School Contact Details:

Tel:(021) 872 2875 / (021) 872 3668

Postal Address: PO BOX 11, Paarl, 7622

Street Address: Auretstraat, Paarl, 7646

3. Paul Roos Gymnasium

Paul Roos Gymnasium is located at Stellenbosch, one of the oldest rugby schools in South Africa. The school’s first team has won numerous national titles, and many famous Springbok players have come from Paul Roos Gymnasium, including Bryan Habana and Morné Steyn.

Founded: 8 January 1866, Stellenbosch, South Africa

Colors: White, Maroon, Gold

Motto: Semper Splendidior

Sister school: Bloemhof High School; Rhenish Girls’ High School

Nickname: The Roos; The Maroon Machine; PRG

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4. Afrikaanse Hoër Seunskool (Affies)

Affies is located in Pretoria and have a strong rugby tradition. Many famous Springbok players have also come from this school, including Fourie du Preez and Pierre Spies. Affies have a good track record of bringing up talented rugby players and also offer other sport games in its department.

Motto: Laat daar lig wees

Mascot: Wit Bul – Only for rugby

Colors: White, Red, Yellow, Green

Founded: 28 January 1920

School fees: R49 185-00 for boarding

Tuition; R49 800-00

Headmaster: Peregrine Joynt

Houses: Koedoe; Hartebees; Koshuis; Dorp (Combination of Koedoe and Hartebees)(Also known as Dailies)

5. Maritzburg College

Maritzburg College in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal, the school’s first team has won numerous national titles. Many famous Springbok players have come from Maritzburg College, including Butch James and Bismarck du Plessis.

Maritzburg College school fees for 2023, excluding the acceptance deposit

Tuition: Grade 8 (Form 2) Day Scholars, including the differential rate, is R65 700

Tuition: Grade 9-12 (Form 3-6) Day Scholars is R61 400. Visit the official site for more information.

Maritzburg college contact Information

Postal Address: PO Box 398, Pietermaritzburg, 3200 | School Office Fax: 033 394 2908 | Finance Office Fax: 033 394 2559.

6. Glenwood High School

Glenwood High School was founded in 1910 located in Durban and has a strong rugby tradition, the school’s first team has also won many national titles. Many famous Springbok players have come from Glenwood High, including Butch James and Tendai Mtawarira.

Glenwood High School Contact Info

Tel: +27 31 2055241

Fax: +27 31 2055241

[email protected]

www.glenwoodhighschool.co.za

1 Z K Mathews Rd, Glenwood, Durban

7. Grey High School

Grey High School in Port Elizabeth has a proud rugby tradition, and the school’s first team has won numerous national titles. Many famous Springbok players have come from Grey High, including Robbi Kempson and Schalk Ferreira.

About Grey High School

Founded: 4 June 1856

Colors: White, Blue

Founders: George Grey, John Paterson

Tuition: R71,640 (boarding); R59,520 (tuition)

Number of students: 870 boys

Nickname: The Gray

8. Michaelhouse

Michaelhouse in Balgowan has a strong rugby tradition, and the school’s first team has won numerous national titles. Many famous Springbok players have come from Michaelhouse, including Butch James and Ryan Kankowski.

About Michaelhouse

Founded: 1896

School types: Boarding school, Private school

Rector: Antony Clark

Number of students: 615 boys

9. Kearsney College

Kearsney College is located in Durban and has a proud rugby tradition, with many famous Springbok players who have come from Kearsney College, including John Smit and Pat Lambie. They also offers scholarships to students who have achieved extraordinary performance as a student. 

About Kearsney College

Founder: Liege Hulett

Founded: 1921

Colors: White, Blue, Maroon

Motto: Carpe Diem

Mascot: Greyhound

School fees: R 259 000 p.a. (boarding) 2019; R 178 640 p.a. (tuition)

10. Rondebosch Boys’ High School 

Rondebosch Boys’ High School in Cape Town has a strong rugby tradition, and the school’s first team has won numerous national titles. Many famous Springbok players have come from Rondebosch Boys’ High, including Bob Skinstad and Breyton Paulse.

About Rondebosch Boys’ High School 

Founded: 2 February 1897

Colors: White, Blue, Gold

Motto: Altius et Latius

Headmaster: Shaun Simpson

School fees: R61 500-00 (tuition); R56 000-00 (boarding)

Campus: Urban Campus

Best Rugby Schools In South Africa

Top five Greatest Rugby Schools in the World

Grey College has always been voted as one of the best rugby schools in the world “number one rugby podcast in the United Kingdom”.

1. Grey College (South Africa)

2. St Joseph’s (Australia)

3. Black Rock College (Ireland)

4. Christchurch Boys’ (New Zealand)

5. Paul Roos (South Africa)

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