The first three foreign schools to participate at the 2020 World Schools Festival being hosted at Affies has been released. The tournament will start on Tuesday 23 March and end on Saturday 28 March 2020.
After a lot of criticism regarding the invited schools, the organiser changed their approach which shows with the three schools whose names was released.
Hartpury College will make its third appearance at the World Schools Festival and needs no introduction. One of the top "academies" in the UK will once again test our top schools to the maximum.
2019 Auckland Champions King's College will also travel to South Africa. King's College lost the Auckland final to St Peter's College in 2018 with 19-28 with St Peter's College who went on to be crowned the New Zealand national champions.
King's College won against St Kentigern's College 29-22 in the 2019 Auckland final but was beaten by Hasting Boys High 14-27 in the national final, known as the Barbarian Cup.
King's College is known for its big forwards that are not scared when things become physical. One of the stars that should travel with them is the seventeen-year-old 1.99-meter lock/flanker Che Clarke who already caused havoc this year. Scrumhalf Dayton Iobu is the live wire at the back who gets their dangerous backs going at pace while the name of loosehead Mahonri Auva’a should also be mentioned.
However, it is the name of Ratu Kadavulevu School of Fiji that excites the most. It is a school of only 900 but was 2018 Sanix World Rugby Youth Invitational Tournament Champions. During the tournament, they have beaten Framesby of South Africa in the semi-finals and won against Hastings Boys High School with 35-5 in the final.
Ratu Kadavulevu School contributed ten players to the 2019 Fidji u/18 team that played in a series against New Zealand en Australia at the end of their season this year.
The organisers will release more teams during the next few weeks as and when they finalise the names.