LEPHALALE — Two learners of Hoërskool Ellisras are set to leave the country in September 2019 to play rugby in Paris, France.
Both aged 14 years old and in Grade 8, Albert du Plessis and Érhard Geyser have been chosen among other learners from across provinces in the country. They will leave the country on 22 September and return on 1 October 2019.
Part of their preparations includes a training session at the University of Pretoria, where they will meet other teammates from across the country. A ceremony in Menlyn after that will serve as a fundraising, and they will receive sports kit that will be used for representing Rugby Travel Barbarians Junior team in France.
The pair started playing rugby and became teammates from the age of 8 years old.
Érhard plays scrumhalf position while Albert plays flanker/hooker and they look up to national key players such as Faf de Klerk and Handre Pollard who respectively play scrumhalf and fly-half or centre.
The package for their trip requires R33 000 per player. This amount includes the flight, accommodation, kits and other logistics involved.
Their parents jointly would appreciate assistance in ensuring their children participate in representing Barbarians Junior team in France.
Albert du Plessis Senior, Albert’s dad and Wikus Geyser, Érhard’s dad, said the package at large costs an arm and a leg as the money exchange would converting from Rands to Euros, therefore making it very expensive.
They appeal to readers who can assist, to reach them telephonically – Albert du Plessis on 076 715 0600 and Wikus Geyser on 083 304 1073 for arrangements.