Western Province U16 at Grant Khomo Week 2023 Photo SA Rugby website

Western Province U16 at Grant Khomo Week 2023. Photo: SA Rugby website.

WP at centre of quota race row at Grant Khomo Week

Racial quotas behind Western Province’s disqualification from Grant Khomo Week final.

Western Province U16 at Grant Khomo Week 2023 Photo SA Rugby website

Western Province U16 at Grant Khomo Week 2023. Photo: SA Rugby website.

Western Province have been booted from the Grant Khomo Week final after it was confirmed that they failed to comply with the youth tournament’s racial quotas.

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Western Province had beaten Boland 41-12 on day one and their arch rivals the Bulls 25-18 on day two of the U16 tournament. That undefeated two-game streak meant Western Province qualified for Thursday’s final where they would’ve faced the Free State, who also won both their matches.

The first two days of play took place on Monday and Tuesday, with Wednesday set aside as a rest day for the boys. However, on Wednesday, the Bulls lodged a complaint with the organisers, informing them of Western Province’s breach of the tournament rules. (hypecloth.com)

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Following an investigation, it was found that Western Province didn’t meet the required number of at least 11 players of colour in their match-day squad against the Bulls due to injuries suffered in their opening clash against Boland.

Western Province’s subsequent disqualification from the final, means the Blue Bulls will now face Free State in the main match, while the Cape side will take on the Lions.

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DAY THREE FIXTURES:

08h30: South Western Districts v Pumas, A Field

08h30: Limpopo Blue Bulls v Zimbabwe, B Field

08h30: Border Country Districts v Free State XV, C Field

09h50: Boland v Eastern Province, A Field

09h50: Griquas v Namibia, B Field

09h50: Griffons v Valke, C Field

11h10: Western Province XV v Sharks, A Field

11h10: Leopards v Border, B Field

12h30: Western Province v Golden Lions, A Field

13h50: Blue Bulls v Free State, A Field

U16 GRANT KHOMO WEEK RESULTS – DAY TWO:

Boland 30, Leopards 25
Zimbabwe 24, Free State XV 21
Border 17, Eastern Province 34
Namibia 45, Border Country Districts 19
Western Province XV 38, Pumas 7
Griffons 17, Limpopo Blue Bulls 20
South Western Districts 12, Sharks 19
Valke 5, Griquas 10
Free State 23, Golden Lions 9
Western Province 25, Blue Bulls 18

U16 GRANT KHOMO WEEK RESULTS – DAY ONE:

Pumas 38, Griquas 10
Eastern Province 26, Border County Districts 14
Golden Lions 39, Valke 7
Zimbabwe 10, Namibia 12
Sharks 27, Blue Bulls 31
Western Province XV 50, Free State XV 3
Leopards 15, Limpopo Blue Bulls 12
Griffons 12, South Western Districts 36
Free State 29, Border 20
Western Province 41, Boland 12

Free State against Lions at 2023 Grant Khomo Week Photo SA Rugby website
Free State against the Lions at the 2023 Grant Khomo Week tournament. Photo: SA Rugby website.