African Bank ESport challenge open and player testing continues

We are excited to see the start of the new Carling Black Label Currie Cup this weekend and we are loaded with activity ranging from player testing and training to the preparation for the African Bank Esports challenge.

This weekend sees our DHL WP Rugby Currie Cup side get the ball rolling in the Carling Black label Currie Cup with our first matchup against the Vodacom Blue Bulls at DHL Newlands this Saturday at 19:00. This will be a big match for several reasons including the fact that it’s a typical North vs South derby.

The tournament will see us play a total of six matches including four home matches at DHL Newlands including a first-ever match on The Day of Goodwill on 26 December. The semi-finals are scheduled for 9 January and the finals the week after on 23 January.

Our DHL WP Rugby Women’s squad training and testing will begin early next year, and with the knowledge that our high-performance coaching course which is exclusively for women will start next week, there is much excitement in the ranks. DHL WP Rugby women’s coach Laurian Johness Haupt is currently doing duty with the national side.

Coach Jerome Paarwater has been busy with testing for our u20 players at the HPC in Bellville before they go on their break. The same players came in for training on Wednesday under very strict COVID return to training protocols.

This weekend sees each of our Super League teams with the opportunity to bring their u20 players for testing at City Park with each club given the opportunity to nominate five u20 players. Our u18 school rugby players will be at the HPC this weekend to facilitate their time management during exams.  This is a fantastic opportunity for our players who then get to experience the professional level of rugby testing at Western Province.

The entries are open for the African Bank ESports challenge which will see several clubs go head to head in the online space on their Playstation consoles at DHL Newlands. Clubs will compete against each other via their chosen contender with fixtures, results and logs for each team. Clubs can click here to sign their contender up now.

This past weekend saw us complete our first World Rugby level one coaching course at DHL Newlands since the start of lockdown with our next course this coming Friday. Aspirant coaches are reminded to send applications to Nazeem Adams on nazeem@wprugby.co.za  and to complete the World Rugby passport and COVID Awareness certificate on the World Rugby Website first and send their details to Nazeem.

Our clubs now go into the final module of their Media, Markering and Sponsorship workshop. After three modules the attendees have now completed the basics of media infrastructures at clubs, media content and sponsorship. The final module looks at the approach to market. One of the key elements of the course has been the clubs surveying their members. You can help by doing the short survey here.