In yet another cost-cutting exercise SARU has just announced that the 2020 u/18 Craven Week will no longer host a "B" team from The Golden Lions and Blue Bulls. One can only smile at the logic behind this decision as it is common knowledge that the parents foot the bill for their kids to attend this "prestigious" tournament.
Western Province, however, will still be allowed a "B" team which is not surprising considering their "B" team was seen by many as the stronger of the two teams at the 2019 Craven Week and was at a stage the favourite to qualify for the final.
Western Province will again be accused of having the easier route to the final as their major competition in their division will be their "B" team. In the other division the Free State, Golden Lions,SWD and Blue Bulls will have to play each other in order to qualify for the final.
The 2020 Craven Week will be hosted at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth from 29 June to 04 July 2020.
Proposed Fixture List 2020:
Monday 29 June 2020:
Eastern Province vs Griqualand West
Sharks vs Valke
Boland vs Western Province XV
Western Province vs Border
Tuesday 30 June 2019
Pumas vs Limpopo Blue Bulls
Griffons vs Leopards
SWD vs Free State
Blue Bulls vs Golden Lions