About Us

Our History

The inaugural World Schools Festival launched in April 2018 as a result of a dream Heyneke Meyer brought with him when he joined Carinat Sports Marketing, and the expertise and ingenuity of Jon Phelps to make the dream become reality.

The inaugural event saw 10 of the best rugby playing schools in South Africa join 10 teams from all 4 corners of the globe arrived at the wonderful Paarl Boys’ High School venue, as the first ever host, in their 150th Anniversary year.

The 2018 WSF was a huge success and immediately caught the imagination of schools rugby fans all over the world. 

The 2019 edition staged in South Africa and saw the WSF move across to the SA springbok factory, Paul Roos Gynamsium in Stellenbosch. The event continued the success and interest where the inaugural edition left of with viewership rising to 1.39 million views and 3.1 million impressions.

In 2020 the WSF was ready to move to Pretoria, and be staged at Affies as part of their 100th Anniversary, but covid pandemic saw the Festival cancelled.

After a 2 year break the WSF will return in 2022 with a new date, new location and a brand new format will take the Festival to a new level and hopefully excite followers of schools rugby around the world.

But most importantly the WSF will continue to offer all participants a life-changing opportunity and experience; continue to bring the best schools rugby in the world, and showcase ‘school rugby’ style making it more accessibale for rugby fans.


The relaunch will see 2 new competitions in the WSF week.

– The Champions Cup competition –

An invitation only tournament featuring 8 of the very best school 1st XVs in the world.

A world championship for schools rugby.

– The Open Challenge competition – open to schools, select teams and representative touring teams from anywhere in the world, to come to Thailand to enjoy and experience playing other teams from around the world.

The most eclectic schools rugby tournament in the world.


The Cup competition is an invite only tournament that will involve 8 of the top rugby schools in the world.

The elimination format from the Quarter Finals with winners moving into the Champions Cup semi finals, and the losers eliminated into the Shield semi finals.  

From the Semis the 8 teams will play in their respective Finals, with the Cup Final crowing the best in the world.

1st / 2nd place – Champions Cup

3rd & 4th place – Plate

5th & 6th place – Shield

7th & 8th place – Bowl

Some of the most famous names in school rugby have confirmed participation in 2022 – which will no doubt be a bumper festival.


For any School, Select, or Representative team to enter and compete against.

Created as a competition for all who wish to have the experience of a lifetime combining the best of Asian hospitality and the opportunity to play rugby against other schools and teams from around the world.

In 2022 this will be restricted to maximum 8 teams only. The format begins with a Quarter Final draw and winner moving into the Open Challenge Trophy semi finals and losers eliminated and moving into the Open Salver semi finals.

From the Semis the Teams will all compete in their respective Final;-

1st & 2nd place – Open Challenge Trophy

3rd & 4th place – Open Challenge Vase

5th & 6th place – Open Challenge Salver

7th & 8th place – Open Challenge Jug

Every team is guaranteed 3 matches.