Border’s Zangqa picked as SA Schools A coach

EXCELLING: Border U18 Craven week side. Picture: SUPPLIED

Craven Week concluded its 59th run from July 3-8 in George with the selection of Border’s Lwazi Zangqa to position of head coach for SA Schools A team.

This is Zangqa’s second year in the SA Schools A structure, after being selected as assistant coach last year during his debut Craven Week.

Zangqa, the Border U18 coach, has welcomed his appointment and aims to work on preparing players for the junior Springboks.

Zangqa is joined by Selborne College’s, Zuko Poswa, whose excellent performance earned him a spot in the side despite returning to rugby for the first time since 2021.

On July 13, SA Schools A played against the SA Schools side in a closely contested match that saw SA Schools claim victory 36-26. The teams gave their all, delivering a great spectacle despite their lack of time training together.

Zangqa is proud of the final score and believes it proves the players’ hunger, given that it is the closest margin achieved by SA Schools A.

“We could have won the game with two minutes to go, which means we were very competitive.

“During my term as coach for the SA Schools A side, I will be working on honing the foundation the boys will need, to prepare themselves over this two-year stretch before the Junior World Cup.”

Border U18 faired well at Craven Week. Last year the side boasted great individual performances from players such as Sibabalwe Mahashe, who went on to captain SA Schools A. Zangqa believes this year was about improving team synergy.

Border lost 40-5 to the Blue Bulls and then beat the Pumas 31-21 and the Griffons 29-20.

“Zuko Poswa’s selection to the SA Schools A side was a proud moment. I have been coaching him since he was in U7 at Hudson Park Primary.”

For the rest of the season, Zangqa who is also head of rugby at Hudson Park schools is focused on preparing for derbies against Selborne College and Dale College as well as Gold Cup games for club rugby.

The Border Academy side and the Border U13s also did well at Craven Week.


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