Pro Rugby back – Workshops carry on

This has certainly been a good news week for rugby, not only did the President announce the change from lockdown level two to one but SA Rugby also formally announced the resumption for professional rugby matches for 2020 going into 2021.

The teams will now go into a double round of action including the Vodacom Super Rugby Unlocked and Currie Cup over the next sixteen weeks. The first round will see our DHL Stormers up against six other provincial sides from 26 September, and the team with the most log points will then go into the Currie Cup from 28 November up until January next year.

In addition, SA Rugby also announced a five-team Provincial Under-21 competition between the Blue Bulls, Free State, Golden Lions, Sharks and Western Province. This is great news for our u21 side as for many of the players this will be their final season u21 with no less than thirteen in our squad coming from our club structures.

This is great news for WP Rugby fans as we know that a number of matches will happen at DHL Newlands with most of the matches televised.

This week saw the Northern and City leagues attend the media, marketing and sponsorship workshop and with next week being the final week of the first module being the Paarl and Simonsberg regions. Any clubs that have not registered yet should do this now by sending an email to dtitus@wprugby.co.za. Clubs are reminded to nominate up to three members per club.

The sessions have been well attended and have certainly offered some new ideas with a major point made that club leadership structures should delegate more often and that the MMS team function forms part of a separate focused structure which reports to the management.

Many of our clubs have over the past few months increased their engagement with their past player’s structures, quite often referred to as the “Old Boys” This has very much come to light since the COVID lockdown impact which has seen these structures lend a hand at the club during these difficult times. It’s exciting to see that the clubs are building on this in order to grow their past player’s supporters club.

In addition to this, we’ve also seen an active engagement by some of our clubs to increase the number of women and girls participation. This again stems from the fact that some of the women’s teams have actively engaged in the outreach projects at their clubs.

Our WP Rugby referee recruitment continues and clubs are reminded to nominate a minimum of two delegates to join the WP Rugby referees structures. Applicants are reminded to complete the pre-requisite courses in preparation of the World Rugby Level 1 course on the World Rugby website, the courses are 1. Rugby Ready, 2. Introduction to Rugby Refereeing, 3.Laws of the Game and 4. COVID19 Return to Play. Once the course is completed a certificate is generated, this certificate needs to be sent to the recruitmentrefs@wprugby.co.za

The tentative date for the first World Rugby Referees Level 1 course is on 17 October 2020

Next week sees Jerome Paarwater and Nazeem Adams go into the final week of the WP Rugby Level 2.5 course as the coaches now do their final presentation. The presentation includes their learnings from the past few weeks and also their own unique plans at their school structures