Paarl Boys High vs Grey College   

The Premier Interschools 2021 season gets underway with a cracker of a match on Saturday 8 May. Paarl Boys’ welcome one of their most fierce rivals, Grey College from Bloemfontein. The last decade has seen these two sides challenge each other for the number one spot in South Africa.

Paarl Boys’ High (1868) and Grey College (1855) are among the oldest schools in South Africa with both having a rich rugby history, heritage, and tradition. They first played each other in 1950 and did not have a regular fixture every year due to the distance between the schools. Grey and Paarl Boys’, also known as Boishaai, played each other 21 times between 1950 and 1995, and since then it became an annual fixture. In total they have played 46 matches with Grey having won 35, Boishaai 9 and 2 draws.

It is however over the last ten years that the hosts have been much more competitive with their Bloemfontein counterparts, than in previous years, having recorded 4 of their 9 overall wins since 1950 during this time. There has also been one draw during this period.

Scores Through The Years

Year Grey HJS
2019 43 24
2018 34 20
2017 31 46
2016 18 28
2015 19 21
2014 15 10
2013 35 28
2012 18 28
2011 15 15
2010 32 12
2009 50 8
2008 34 24
2007 48 24
2006 20 5
2005 38 13
2004 38 3
2003 27 16
2002 23 6
2001 38 15
2000 10 17
1999 34 16
1998 20 6
1997 20 16
1996 9 16
1995 18 6
1993 0 0
1989 23 6
1987 31 14
1984 19 14
1984 32 12
1983 0 14
1980 13 4
1979 13 15
1978 29 13
1977 29 13
1974 21 7
1973 24 0
1971 23 6
1960 14 0
1960 11 3
1957 3 8
1956 13 3
1954 6 3
1954 8 3
1953 12 9
1950 10 6


Grey will be hoping to set the record straight following an early season loss to Boishaai’s neighbours, Paarl Gim. The teams did not have much game time before the season kicked off due to the restrictions around the Covid pandemic, but the Bloemfontein outfit looked better with each match they played.

Grey College season so far:

Date Opp For Against
2021/04/24 Paarl Gim 16 18
2021/04/28 Menlopark 51 19
2021/05/01 EG Jansen 43 15


Like most schoolboy rugby teams, Boishaai are a bit rusty following no game time during the 2020 season and are still finding their form in the 2021 season. They have yet to select the same starting 15 as injuries have hampered their backline but come Saturday the boys should be ready for the visitors from Bloemfontein. Just like Grey, they have only played 3 games so far in the holiday festivals and have recorded wins in all three encounters.

Paarl Boys High season so far:

Date Opp For Against
2021/04/24 Welkom Gim 59 21
2021/04/28 Noordheuwel 79 7
2021/05/01 Monument 34 18


Rugby at Grey College

Grey has served Bloemfontein, the Free State, South Africa and the world well over the past 150 years. Having been able to adjust and remain relevant in a changing environment, Grey has developed, grown, and excelled. The brand is known and revered throughout South Africa and even internationally with products of the school making a positive difference the world over. Parallel medium education, tolerance, respect for others and loyalty to the school are not only traditions, but firm foundations in a global village. Grey is structured on these foundations and it is constantly adapting.

Grey has produced 46 Springbok rugby players. Since World War II it has produced more Springbok players than any other school in South Africa, their latest being centre Francois Venter.

List of Grey Springboks:

Player DebutYear
Herman van Broekhuizen 1896
Boetie McHardy 1912
Sarel Strauss 1921
Louis Babrow 1937
Harry Martin 1937
Piet de Wet 1938
Popeye Strydom 1955
John Wessels 1956
Gert Cilliers 1963
Flip vd Merwe 2010
Deon Stegman 2010
Johan Spies 1970
Morné du Plessis 1971
Dawie Snyman 1972
Jackie Snyman 1974
Theuns Stofberg 1976
Robbie Blair 1977
Jaco Reinach 1986
Helgard Muller 1986
Pieter Muller 1992
Heinrich Fuls 1992
Johan Styger 1992
Ruben Kruger 1993
Naka Drotske 1993
Ollie le Roux 1994
Werner Swanepoel 1997
Charl Marais 1999
CJ van der Linde 2002
Gerrie Britz 2004
Ruan Pienaar 2006
Francois Steyn 2006
Jannie du Plessis 2007
Bismarck du Plessis 2007
Adriaan Strauss 2008
Heinrich Brussow 2008
Wian du Preez 2009
Deon Stegmann 2010
Andries Strauss 2011
Johan Goosen 2012
Coenie Oosthuizen 2012
Tiaan Liebenberg 2012
Jan Serfontein 2013
Piet Van Zyl 2013
Marcel van der Merwe 2014
Cobus Reinach 2014
Francois Venter 2016


Rugby at Paarl Boys’ High School

Rugby is an integral part of the Boishaai way of life. It is important to win, but that is not the primary objective. The primary objective at Paarl Boys’ High must be one of enjoyment, for both player and coach. Whereas they agree with the legendary Vince Lombardi when he said: ‘’Winning isn’t everything; it’s the only thing’’ they hold winning to be more than just points on the board. Winning relates to the values, commitment and the pursuit of the best of one’s abilities.

Boishaai has produced 21 players that have represented South Africa since 1906. They have provided some of the legends and most famous Springbok rugby players ever to have played in the Green and Gold. Players like Oom “Boy” and Fanie Louw, Piet “Spiere” du Toit, Mannetjies Roux, Ryk van Schoor, Carel Du Plessis and Corné Krige.

Paarl Boys provided 8 SA Schools players in 2016 which is a record for any school in one year.

Paarl Boys’ High Springboks.

  1. Cocky Hahn (1910)
  2. Dirkie de Villiers (1910)
  3. Louis Louw (1912)
  4. Theuns Kruger (1921)
  5. Champion Myburgh (1924)
  6. Jack Bester (1924)
  7. Boy Louw (1928)
  8. Manie Geere (1933)
  9. Fanie Louw (1933)
  10. Ben du Toit (1938)
  11. Ryk van Schoor (1949)
  12. Theuns Briers (1955)
  13. Piet du Toit (1958)
  14. Mannetjies Roux (1960)
  15. Haas Schoeman (1963)
  16. Carel du Plessis (1982)
  17. Wium Basson (1997)
  18. Corné Krige (1999)
  19. Gürthro Steenkamp (2004)
  20. Frans Malherbe (2013)
  21. Thomas Joubert Du Toit (2018)


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