KZN Development

The KwaZulu-Natal Rugby Union and The Sharks are proud to be associated with, and to assist in the development of Rugby in KZN.

Rugby Development Talent Identification Festival 

Report by : Quentin Reynolds – KZNRU Manager of Development

The 20th annual Talent ID Festival was held from the 28th to 30th August 2015 in Margate and hosted at the Margate Sports School and Douglas Mitchell Sports Fields.  

In each of the five rugby sub-unions (Durban, Midlands, Zululand, Northern KZN and Southern KZN), 60 players ie 20 x U12, 20 x U15 and 20 x U17 boys, were selected to represent their region. We also had three invitation teams, Sisonke Invitation U12 & U15 (from Kokstad, who agreed to attend the festival in the week leading up to the event after two invitation teams withdrew) as well as Ithembelihle (New Brighton, Port Elizabeth). A total of 360 players, together with 54 coaches and managers attended the festival.

 This festival is the culmination of the hard work put in over the course of the year through our ongoing Hotspot project with the Department of Sport and Recreation. The festival is also used to identify the best available talent from the previously disadvantaged communities and to then take the selected players through a process of preparation for Craven Week (U13 & U18), U18 Academy Week and U16 Grant Khomo trials next year. The festival is also used as a tool for established rugby schools to look at and offer bursaries to deserving candidates based on their performances. 33 players from last years’ festival were given bursaries to these institutions. Schools that were present were Glenwood Prep, Westville Senior Primary, Richardia, Glenwood High School, Westville High School, Maritburg College, George Campbell, Clifton, Hilton, Sarel Cilliers, DPHS, Hillcrest and Voortrekker. These scouts also served as selectors for our Transformation Provincial Squads and were tasked with selecting the 30 players in each age group.  Some of the boys selected will undoubtedly be offered bursaries/scholarships to these schools. The success of this part of the development program is evident in the fact that 17 high school players (3 in the U18 Craven Week Team, 5 in the U18 Academy week team, 5 in the U18 Academy Week Country Districts Team and 4 in the U16 Grant Khomo Team) and 12 primary school players (5 in the U13 Craven week Team, 3 in the U13B Team and 4 in the U12 Team who played in last years’ Talent ID Festival) that were/are part of the development process were selected for the various KZN Schools’ teams this year.

The standout teams/players this year were :

U12 – Best Forward – Xolisani Mchunu (Durban)

            Best Back – Wandile Buthelezi (Zululand)

            Team of the Festival – Durban


U15 – Best Forward – Sphesihle Dube (Midlands)

           Best Back – Zuzi Mntambo (Zululand)

           Team of the Festival – Durban 


U17 – Best Forward – Mhlelisi Ntuli (Zululand)

           Best Back – Muzi Mazibuko (Zululand)

           Team of the Festival – Zululand

The Provincial squads selected are :

U12 – Mawonde Mdanda (DBN), Siboniso Hlophe (SKZN), Andile Ngquluza (ZUL), Aphiwe Jana (SKZN), Wela Takata (SKZN), Kwanele Mnikathi (MID),        Quinton Mazogoho (SKZN), Xolisani Mchunu (DBN), Mphumuzi Gaze (SKZN), Wandile Buthelezi (ZUL), Siboniso Mdaweni (MID), Snethemba Khowa (SKZN),              Siyanda Mzimela (ZUL), Lindokuhle Kunene (MID), Skumbuzo Mgaba (DBN), Musawenkosi Dayi (SKZN), Sanele Nkosi (NKZN), Konke Mbalo (SKZN),           Mluleki Mdunge (DBN), Emilio Hogg (SKZN), Bayanda Gumede (DBN), Sinothile Shange (SKZN), Thabani Mkhize (ZUL), Bonga Myende (DBN), Kwanele Mthembu (DBN), Zinwe Ncayiyana (SKZN), Sbonelo Mgili (MID), Xolani Mthimkhulu (MID), Keolin Gous (SKZN), Joshua Beeton (SKZN)

U15 – Musa Khuluse (DBN), Ayanda Nxumalo (ZUL), Sphesihle Dube (MID), Kwezilokusa Bekwa (DBN), Thabo Hadebe (ZUL), Nthuthuko Silwana (DBN),              Brendon Sharpley (SKZN), Wandile Hlope (ZUL), Sandile Kunene (ZUL), Anele Bhanda (MID), Meluleki Mhlongo (ZUL), Andile Gumede (ZUL), Zuzi Mntambo (ZUL), Sabelo Sibiya (ZUL), Scelo Ngubo (ZUL), Mesuli Mpantshawe (SKZN), Ndabenhle Magwaza (DBN), Mpilenhle Makhathini (MID), Anslin Van Wyk (SKZN), Lungisani Jili (MID), Simphiwe Pita (NKZN), Lizwi Sithole (MID), Sinqobile Mbatha (DBN), Bongimpilo Mokoena (NKZN), Mfundo Zwane (DBN) Thamsanqa Sithole (MID), Odidi Gatyana (DBN), Sihawu Dube (MID), Siyamthanda Nkosana (SKZN), Bandile Mdletshe (ZUL)

U17 – Brynton Gunkel (DBN), Thabiso Kunene (ZUL), Sinenhlanhla Mbuyazi (ZUL), Thembinkosi Mnguni (NKZN), Nhlalenhle Cele (DBN), Sledge Mtshali (ZUL),             Sinqobile Mtshali (DBN), Mhlelisi Ntuli (ZUL), Lethu Makhanya (ZUL), Muzi Mazibuko (ZUL), Akhona Ngema (ZUL), Thabiso Mthiyane (ZUL),  Bongumenzi Ndwandwe (DBN), Bongani Thuthukani (ZUL), Siphesihle Ndlovu (SKZN),  Lizwe Sangweni (ZUL), Samkelo Madlala (SKZN), Kwanel Ngwenya (NKZN),             Thabiso Ranyane (SKZN), Ndabenhle Mdanda (SKZN), Ntando Mwandla (DBN), Siphenathi Dweba (MID), Mvelo Zondi (MID), Monde Sompa (DBN), Mfundo Mthethwa (MID), Andiswa Zakwe (MID), Siphamandla Mthethwa (DBN),  Given Tau (ZUL), Njabulo Mthimkulu (ZUL), Sithembiso Mgabhi (NKZN)

This festival was also used to select the U15 IQHAWE Team that will be travelling to George in the September school holidays to participate in the SA Rugby Legends U15 week. The team is as follows :

Musa Khuluse (DBN), Ayanda Nxumalo (ZUL), Sphesihle Dube (MID), Kwezilokusa Bekwa (DBN), Thabo Hadebe (ZUL), Nthuthuko Silwana (DBN), Brendon Sharpley (SKZN), Wandile Hlope (ZUL), Sandile Kunene (ZUL), Anele Bhanda (MID), Meluleki Mhlongo (ZUL), Andile Gumede (ZUL), Zuzi Mntambo (ZUL), Sabelo Sibiya (ZUL), Scelo Ngubo (DBN), Mesuli Mpantshawe (SKZN), Ndabenhle Magwaza (DBN), Mpilenhle Makhathini (MID), Anslin Van Wyk (SKZN), Lungisani Jili (MID), Simphiwe Pita (NKZN), Sinqobile Mbatha (DBN) and Lizwi Sithole (MID). 

The team management will be : 

Coach – Dusty Noble

Coach – Mthokozisi Jali

Manager – Brenden Marnce

KZNRU Rep – Ntso Mkhwanazi

The referees at the festival were selected and appointed by the KZNRU Referees Society. 

A festival like this cannot take place without the support of sponsors. The main sponsors of this festival were : The KZNRU, The KZN Department of Sports and Recreation, Fidelity Security, 

SAB through their anti-under-age drinking campaign – YOU DECIDE, Margate Sports School, Clover, Gem Sport, Bluff Meat Supply, The Southern KZN Rugby Sub-Union, SARU, the Mark Godefroy Trust, The UGU Municipality and Ron’s Sports.

A special word of thanks as well to the Southern KZN Rugby Sub-Union, especially South Coast Warriors and the Margate Sports School for making their excellent facilities available to us.

The 21st version of this festival is due to be hosted in the Zululand Sub-Union next year.






09/07/17 - 17:30 vs
28/10/17 21 - 33
21/10/17 37 - 27
14/10/17 20 - 31
29/09/17 24 - 10
23/09/17 18 - 5
1 Cell C Sharks 10 2 47
2 DHL Western Province 7 5 37
3 Xerox Golden Lions 6 6 35
4 Vodacom Blue Bulls 5 7 32
5 Toyota Free State Cheetahs 6 6 31
6 Steval Pumas 4 8 27
7 Tafel Lager Griquas 4 8 26
7 Boland Kavaliers 2 6 12
8 Leopards 0 0 0
9 Eastern Province Kings 0 8 1
9 Down Touch Griffons 7 7 36
11 SWD Eagles 5 9 30
12 Hino Valke 5 9 30
13 Border Bulldogs 5 9 26
15 Windhoek Draught Welwitschias 0 14 1
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