Bishops vs Paul Roos– Historic Overview
The second edition of Premier Interschools gets underway on Saturday, 15 May and will feature one of South Africa’s most exciting schoolboy matches when Bishops host Paul Roos at the iconic Piley Rees field with the picturesque and beautiful Table Mountain in the background. This promises to be an exciting encounter with Bishops known for always dishing up entertaining running rugby while Paul Roos rugby are synonymous with dishing up an exhilarating brand of rugby.
Results last 10 Years
The hosts’ last win against Paul Roos was more than a decade ago, in 2010, 33-23, since then it was the boys from Stellenbosch that have dominated this fixture with a single draw, 22-all, since 2009. It has been three years since these two teams last, in 2018, a fixture which Paul Roos thoroughly dominated, 21-44. The Maroon Machine participated in the Sanix World Schools event in Japan in 2019.
Bishops Season so far:
Bishops have recorded two wins from their two matches thus far for the season but heading into a fixture against Paul Roos with just two games under the belt might prove to be not enough for the home side to beat the Maroon Machine. Ideally Bishops would probably have wanted more game time before taking on one of the giants of schoolboy rugby and with a pack as solid as Paul Roos’ one the home side will want to lean on their strengths and spread the ball wide while attacking the space with pace.
Paul Roos Season so far:
In similar fashion to their opponents, Paul Roos have also only played two games leading up this game, this season, but their results are not as favourable as Bishops’. Paul Roos are coming off a defeat, 25-10, against Paarl Gim albeit that they picked up win against Boland Landbou in their season opener it offers little to no deduction of what this Paul Roos side is capable of. The Maroon Machine will be hoping to get back to winning ways.
Rugby at Bishops
There is a myth that William Webb Ellis started rugby. There is also a myth that Canon Ogilvie brought rugby to South Africa. In fact, he detested the game and did not want Bishops to play it. What he brought to South Africa in 1861 was a form of football at a time when there was no game called soccer and rugby football was played only at Rugby School. Canon Ogilvie’s game was based on what was played at his old school, Winchester College in Hampshire. George Ogilvie was a remarkable personality. His nickname was Gog and the game played at the Cape was often referred to as Gog’s Game or Gogball.
Bishops got the Cape playing football of this kind, starting with the South African College. Bishops and SACS may well have played each other as far back as 1892. Eventually clubs were formed, Hamilton SP in 1875 and then Villager FC to start with, and then in the late 1870s the rugby game was brought to the Cape and became generally accepted. Then the Western Province RFU was formed to regulate the game in the Western Province. Bishops, like SACS and then Victoria College out at Stellenbosch, played in the Grand Challenge competition of the WPRFU. That all changed with the coming of the school. In those early days Bishops had the advantage of coaching, especially by HH Castens, a South African old boy of Rugby School and Oxford. Then it also had the great South African rugby personality and thinker of last centurion Barry Heatlie, whose nickname was usually Fairy but also Ox. Heatlie, who helped to found the Old Diocesans’ Union, also formed an Old Diocesans RFC. In forming the old boys’ union, he – or rather his wife – had worked out colours. The predominant colour was green. In days when dyeing was the simplest way of getting rugby jerseys, the OD RFC decided to use green – myrtle green.
Touring teams came to South Africa in 1891, 1896 and 1903. In those days the local union would appoint a captain who would pick a team to represent South Africa and give them jerseys to play in. When Heatlie became captain in 1896 he gave them his club’s jerseys – and South Africa won for the first time. When he was again made captain in 1903 he gave his teams green jerseys again and South Africa won a series for the first time. And so South Africa still plays in green jerseys. In 1903 Gerald Orpen of SACS and two Bishops men, Fairy Heatlie and Biddy Anderson, pushed through a recommendation that the springbok be added to the jersey. It had been intended for 1903 but first came to pass in 1906.
The following is the list of those acknowledged as Bishops internationals:
South Africa: Mauritz van Buuren, Harry Boyes, who was the first secretary of the SA Rugby Board when it was founded in 1889, Frank Guthrie, Bill Bisset, Jack Hartley, who is the youngest player ever to have represented South Africa, Charlie van Renen and his brother Willie, Percy Twentyman Jones, who became the president of the WPRFU and also played cricket for South Africa, Biddy Anderson, who captained South Africa at cricket and refereed a Test, FR Myburgh, Paul Scott, Davey Cope, the first man to kick a goal for South Africa in a test, who was killed in a train smash at Mostert’s Hoek on his way to a Currie Cup tournament, Theo Samuels who first scored a try for South Africa, Barry Heatlie (captain), Long George Devenish, who was for years a national selector, Joe Barry, Syd Ashley, Bertie Gibbs, Paddy Carolin (captain), who first devised the 3-4-1 scrum formation and regretted doing so, Mary Jackson, Barley Burdett, who died in World War I, Noel Howe-Browne, Bai Wrentmore, Geoff Grey, who became a national selector, DO Williams,. George D’Alton, John Apsey (Prep only), Dendy Lawton, Howard Watt, Dennis Fry and his brother Stephen (captain), Tommy Gentles, Bobby Johns, Peter Whipp, Dugald Macdonald, Guy Kebble, Christian Stewart, Robbie Fleck, Selborne Boome, David von Hoesslin, Hanyani Shimange (Prep only), François Louw, Nizaam Carr and their latest Dillyn Leyds who debuted for the Springboks from the bench against France on June 10, 2017.
Fleck, Boome and Von Hoesslin were in the same team at Bishops, when the star was Herschelle Gibbs.
Nick Koster (International Barbarians)
For England: Reg Hands, Tuppy Owen-Smith (captain), Ossie Newton Thompson, Clive van Ryneveld, Christopher Newton Thompson (wartime), Stuart Abbott
For Scotland: Harold McCowat, Beak Steyn, Mike Dickson, Donald Macdonald
For Wales: Mike Davies, Haldane Luscombe
For Canada: Christian Stewart
For Zimbabwe: Mark Neill, Russell Ashley-Cooper (Many others played for Rhodesia)
For Australia: Daniel Vickermann
For Argentina: Barry Heatlie – which means that he played for two countries.
In addition, Bill Bisset and Biddy Anderson refereed tests.
In the 2003 World Cup Bishops had 3 old boys representing 3 different countries, a world first. Selborne Boom for the Boks, Daniel Vickerman for Australia and Stuart Abbot for England.
Basil Bey is the most successful Bishops coach of all times. From 1986 to 1989 Bishops only lost one game.
Rugby at Paul Roos
The name Paul Roos is synonymous with rugby, as it was this man, Paul Roos, who was the originator of the Springbok emblem and subsequent name for the South African national rugby team. He is oftentimes referred to as the “father” of South African rugby, which is fitting seeing that the school which carries his name, is such a powerhouse in South African schoolboy rugby.
Paul Roos, to date has produced the most South African rugby players to represent their country with Juandre Kruger becoming their 50th player when he played against England at Kings Park on June 9, 2012. Their latest Springbok is scrumhalf Herschel Jantjies when he started in the Rugby Championship against Australia in 2019. This made the Kylemore-born player Paul Roos’ 54th player to don the Green and Gold jersey.
Jantjies along with Willie le Roux, Schalk Britz, Steven Kitshoff, and Damian Willemse were part of the 2019 Springbok rugby squad that won the World Cup in Japan for record-equaling third time..
The following players from Paul Roos represented South Africa on the rugby field.
Arthur Nicholas de Kock (1891), Jacob Stephanus (Japie) Louw (1891), James Alexander (Jim) McKendrick (1891), Robert (Bob) Shand, Paul Johannes de Waal (1896), Japie Krige (1896), Bob Loubser (1896), Pieter Albertus Ryno Otto (PO) Nel (1903), Paul Johannes Roos (1903), Koei Brink (1906), Henry John (Pinkie) Daneel (1906), Boy de Villiers (1906), Freddie Luyt (1910), Dick Luyt (1910), Koot Reynecke (1910), Gideon Daniël Roos (1910), Wakkie Krige (1912), John Douglas Luyt (1912), Tom van Vuuren (1912), Nic du Plessis (1921), Theuns Kruger (1921), Charlé Meyer (1921), Mannetjies Michau (1921), Phil Mostert (1921), Tokkie Scholtz (1921), Jackie Tindall(1921), Attie van Heerder (1921), PK Albertyn (1924), Nico Bosman (1924), Daunce Devine (1924), Kenny Starke (1924), George Murray Daneel (1928), Manus de Jongh (1928), AF du Toit (1928), PK Morkel (1928), Boet Prinsloo (1928), Ferdie Bergh (1931), George Lionell van Reenen (1937), Ballie Wahl (1949), Tjol Lategan (1949), Jannie Engelbrecht (1960), Gertjie Brynard (1965), Hempies du Toit (1980), Cabous van der Westhuizen (1994), Justin Swart (1996), Cobus Visagie (1999), Andries Bekker (2008), Schalk Brits (2008), Francois Hougaard (2009), Juandre Kruger (2012),Willie Le Roux (2013), Steven Kitshoff (2016), Damian Willemse (2018), Herschel Jantjies (2019).
The game will be broadcast live on Saturday, 15 May from 12:10 on Channel 209
You can also catch the build-up Premier Interschools Magazine Show from Wednesday, 12 May at 19:00 on Channel 211
|Schedule Date||Series Title||Episode Title||Start Time||End Time||Channel||Status|
|12-May-2021||Premier Interschools Preview||Bishops Diocesan College vs Paul Roos Gymnasium||19:00||19:15||211||Premier|
|13-May-2021||Premier Interschools Preview||Bishops Diocesan College vs Paul Roos Gymnasium||04:40||04:55||CSN||Repeat|
|13-May-2021||Premier Interschools Preview||Bishops Diocesan College vs Paul Roos Gymnasium||19:30||19:45||211||Repeat|
|14-May-2021||Premier Interschools Preview||Bishops Diocesan College vs Paul Roos Gymnasium||06:40||06:55||211||Repeat|
|14-May-2021||Premier Interschools Preview||Bishops Diocesan College vs Paul Roos Gymnasium||08:45||09:00||CSN||Repeat|
|14-May-2021||Premier Interschools Preview||Bishops Diocesan College vs Paul Roos Gymnasium||11:00||11:15||209||Repeat|
|15-May-2021||Premier Interschools Build-up||Bishops Diocesan College vs Paul Roos Gymnasium||12:05||12:10||209||Premier|
|15-May-2021||Premier Interschools Rugby||Bishops Diocesan College vs Paul Roos Gymnasium||12:10||14:00||209||Live|
|16-May-2021||Premier Interschools Build-up||Bishops Diocesan College vs Paul Roos Gymnasium||16:15||16:20||211||Repeat|
|16-May-2021||Premier Interschools Rugby||Bishops Diocesan College vs Paul Roos Gymnasium||16:20||18:00||211||Repeat|
|17-May-2021||Premier Interschools Rugby||Bishops Diocesan College vs Paul Roos Gymnasium||01:50||03:30||CSN||Repeat|
|17-May-2021||Premier Interschools Build-up||Bishops Diocesan College vs Paul Roos Gymnasium||15:45||15:50||SSP1||Repeat|
|17-May-2021||Premier Interschools Rugby||Bishops Diocesan College vs Paul Roos Gymnasium||15:50||17:20||SSP1||Repeat|
|18-May-2021||Premier Interschools Preview||Bishops Diocesan College vs Paul Roos Gymnasium||03:50||04:05||211||Repeat|
|18-May-2021||Premier Interschools Preview||Bishops Diocesan College vs Paul Roos Gymnasium||04:00||04:15||CSN||Repeat|
|18-May-2021||Premier Interschools Build-up||Bishops Diocesan College vs Paul Roos Gymnasium||04:05||04:10||211||Repeat|
|18-May-2021||Premier Interschools Rugby||Bishops Diocesan College vs Paul Roos Gymnasium||04:10||05:40||211||Repeat|
|18-May-2021||Premier Interschools Build-up||Bishops Diocesan College vs Paul Roos Gymnasium||04:15||04:20||CSN||Repeat|
|18-May-2021||Premier Interschools Rugby||Bishops Diocesan College vs Paul Roos Gymnasium||04:20||06:00||CSN||Repeat|
|19-May-2021||Premier Interschools Preview||Bishops Diocesan College vs Paul Roos Gymnasium||20:30||20:45||211||Repeat|
|19-May-2021||Premier Interschools Build-up||Bishops Diocesan College vs Paul Roos Gymnasium||20:45||20:50||211||Repeat|
|19-May-2021||Premier Interschools Rugby||Bishops Diocesan College vs Paul Roos Gymnasium||20:50||22:20||211||Repeat|
|20-May-2021||Premier Interschools Preview||Bishops Diocesan College vs Paul Roos Gymnasium||14:35||14:50||209||Repeat|
|20-May-2021||Premier Interschools Build-up||Bishops Diocesan College vs Paul Roos Gymnasium||14:50||14:55||209||Repeat|
|20-May-2021||Premier Interschools Rugby||Bishops Diocesan College vs Paul Roos Gymnasium||14:55||16:25||209||Repeat|
|21-May-2021||Premier Interschools Preview||Bishops Diocesan College vs Paul Roos Gymnasium||10:00||10:15||VR2||Repeat|
|21-May-2021||Premier Interschools Build-up||Bishops Diocesan College vs Paul Roos Gymnasium||10:15||10:20||VR2||Repeat|
|21-May-2021||Premier Interschools Rugby||Bishops Diocesan College vs Paul Roos Gymnasium||10:20||11:50||VR2||Repeat|
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Premier Interschools is a series of 12 matches, which feature the highest profile and most traditional interschool rugby rivalries from South Africa’s top rugby schools, which are broadcast live on SuperSport from April to August.
Schoolboy rugby has served as one of the cornerstones of domestic rugby dating back more than a century, and true to its slogan “Honouring Heritage. Playing for the Future”, Premier Interschools is about history, heritage and tradition. The series, now in its seventh year, is expected to grow even stronger.
The Premier Interschools stories are further captured in 12 Preview Magazine Shows, which preview all the games and provide historical overviews of these traditional schools and highlight other academic, cultural and sporting achievements.
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