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The lost spirit of Craven Ween


Written by Nkululeko Duma (Poisy)

Posted in :Original Content, Reader Submissions, School Rugby on 31 May 2011 at 07:32
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SPIRIT- the principle of conscious life; the vital principle in humans, animating the body or mediating between body and soul.

Up till now there hasn’t been anything I wanted to say that wasn’t being said but with Craven Week fast approaching I thought I’d give my thoughts about it. Craven Week has become this monster I just don’t recognize,long gone are the days where the spirit and history of it being celebrated

Each year since 1974 a South African schools team has been selected, and the competition has been open to players of all races since 1980 when Craven himself requested that it be done. The competition has since become a hunting ground for talent scouts trying to find the best new players for their provinces and many young upcoming stars see the tournament as an opportunity to further their careers.

Before it was about the honour of representing where you come from and the love and appreciation of Craven Week. Nowadays it’s about who’s gonna make the squad and talent scouts,so much so that even during the 1st day of play there’s mentions of that squad. I think the boys play to get into that squad and not for their province,which in my opinion is sad.

I would love to see the passion of before of giving your all for your province and wearing those colors proudly – where is the spirit? Where is the honour and where is the respect for what Craven Week used to stand for,which is the celebration of rugby between young men and future of this country!

Living doesn’t mean you’re alive, smiling doesn’t mean you’re happy, having no problems doesn’t mean you have made it and growing up doesn’t mean give up who you naturally are.
A lot of players make a success of Craven Week but many others don’t or aren’t even picked for it. All I’m asking for is for the players,coaches and SuperSport to respect what it stands for and teach these young people why they are there, because I’m sure if you ask any one of them they would answer “to try make the South African Schools or Academy team”. A sad day indeed for Danie Craven, Jan Preuyt and Piet Malan.



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