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St John’s College Easter Rugby Festival back for the 27th time

There are no league tables, trophies or medals at the Easter Rugby Festival – it is all about the love of rugby, school spirit and community.

St John’s College always welcomes visitors to the festival from far and wide, and this year will be no different as they have a phenomenal line up of  U19 College and U13 Preparatory teams and fixtures.

Local teams include St David’s Marist Inanda, St Benedict’s College, the Golden Lions XV, Hoërskool Hans Moore, Hoërskool Noordheuwel and the hosts St John’s College. Kingswood College and Graeme College will be travelling from the Eastern Cape, Bethlehem Voortrekker Hoërskool from the Free State, Hilton College and Maritzburg College from Kwazulu Natal, Hoërskool Nelspruit from Mpumalanga, SACS and Hoërskool Landbou from the Western Cape and Falcon College from neighbouring Zimbabwe. The Preparatoy School sides join the festival from Gauteng, Kwazulu Natal and Mpumalanga.

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“We look forward to welcoming you to St John’s for a fantastic Easter weekend of schoolboy rugby, filled with unforgettable moments both on and off the field. Whether a player, supporter or rugby fan, we hope your time here with us is enjoyable and rewarding,” says Stuart West, Executive Headmaster.

The Easter Rugby Festival is a wonderful day out for the whole family, with the St John’s Pre-Prep Tea Garden, food trucks and Beer Village available for your enjoyment.

The VIP Viewing Deck overlooking Burger Field will bring you closer to the game than ever. This perfectly appointed, luxuriously furnished, terraced deck offers excellent rugby viewing. This VIP area offers serviced lounge areas with a full bar, a gourmet food station, private bathrooms and access to an exclusive garden within the Heineken Beer Village.

And, of course, we will showcase the best schoolboy rugby on Burger and C Rugby Fields, which will also be live-streamed via the SuperSport Schools app.

“We recognise that sport and education play an important part in nurturing the growth potential of well-rounded young people, fostering healthy competition and teamwork for a brighter future. Standard Bank is thrilled to be part of a platform that unites communities through the universal language of sports,” said Tshiamo Molanda, Head, Youth and Mass Market PPB SA, Standard Bank

The 27th St John’s College Easter Rugby Festival, brought to you by Standard Bank, will take place on 28 and 30 March and 1 April 2024 — a celebration of the best in schoolboy rugby. Please note that for your safety and convenience, St John’s College is a cashless venue. Debit and credit cards will be accepted.

Tickets are available through Webtickets, with general access being R55 each day. Children under six years old and students in school uniforms (not school tracksuits) may enter the event for free.

Parking will cost R15 each day and disabled parking is available at the D Rugby Field entrance. Security will escort guests to the designated Disabled Parking area.

VIP Viewing Deck Tickets (these tickets include general access to the festival and available through Webtickets only):

  • R235 on Thursday
  • R285 on Saturday
  • R200 on Monday

Festival Times:

Thursday 28 March Gates open: 07h00 (no access after 20h30)

VIP Viewing Deck opens: 10h00

Bars close: 22h00


Saturday 30 March Gates open: 07h00 (no access after 16h30)

VIP Viewing Deck opens: 10h00

Bars close: 20h00


Monday 1 April Gates open: 07h00 (no access after 17h00)

The Deck opens: 10h00

Bars close: 18h00

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