The 53rd edition of South Africa’s Coca-Cola Craven Week tournament will be held at Kearsney College from 11 to 16 July. After 14 years, the tournament has finally returned to Kwa-Zulu Natal. Natal has produced many of the country’s finest players and is widely considered a powerhouse of South African rugby. One local boy in particular, Patrick Lambie, stands head and shoulders above the rest, having represented the Springboks at two different Rugby World Cups despite only being 25 years old.
The versatile backline player took flight during his High School years. He played an integral role both for his school, Michaelhouse, and provincial teams. He represented KZN in the Coca-Cola Craven Week in 2007 and 2008, and was selected for the SA Schools Team for both those years. His 2008 résumé consisted of being Head boy, Captain of the U18 KZN Rugby and Cricket teams.
It wasn’t long for Natal’s golden boy to take his place amongst our country’s rugby heroes. He has gone onto being capped 50 times by the Springboks and being announced as the Cell C Sharks captain for the Vodacom Super Rugby 2016 season.
Lambie says, “I was over the moon when I was selected for Coca-Cola Craven Week. It was a dream that I was never really sure would come true. But, once you realise that so many of the players on both the Super Rugby and Springbok stage have been through the Coca-Cola Craven Week, it gives you hope that you could make it there one day. It was no different for me back then.”
Lambie is the perfect role model for young, aspiring rugby players. He has the world at his feet but is still as humble and hardworking as the schoolboy at the Coca-Cola Craven Week. He is still the type of guy who is always the first person into the office and the last to leave.
Lambie added some advice for this year’s competing players, “Make sure that you enjoy yourselves as much as possible. When you are having fun you often play your best!”
This year, attention will shift to Kearsney, where the KZN Coca-Cola Craven Week team will be looking to use home ground advantage to finally feature in the main game – something they have not done since they hosted the tournament back in 1990. There is no doubt that Natal will be supporting the team in every way possible, making them a strong force to be reckoned with this year.
- Dates and venues for the SA Rugby Youth Weeks:
4-8 July (Paarl Gymnasium, Paarl)
U13 Coca-Cola Craven Week / U16 Coca-Cola Grant Khomo Week
- 11-16 July (Kearsney College, Durban)
Coca-Cola Academy Week / U18 Coca-Cola Craven Week
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