Archives 2021

Women’s High Performance Coaching moves to next level and Juniors on way to Summer games

Following the success of the Score WP Club Rugby Sevens, our rugby activities continue with coaching, women’s rugby development, youth games, and DHL Stormers action at the DHL Stadium.

Following the enormous success of the WP Rugby Women’s Team, The YTC programmes and the uptake of the Women’s Collective we’re proud to announce the continuation of the WP Women’s Rugby High-Performance coaches development programme. The three-year programme is designed for talented female rugby coaches and players who wish to enter into the rugby coaching space. The programme which resumes at Newlands next week is structured in a manner that will grow Women beginner, school, club and elite women rugby coaches.

As the continuation of our previous high performance for women programme, and having concluded the World Rugby Level 1 coaching courses we now move to level 2 next week with twenty-five women coaches earmarked for the course facilitated by our WP Rugby coaches education department.

Next week sees a number of our young players including seven u15 girls join the Department Cultural Affairs and Sport Summer games squad at the Western Cape Sport School in Cape Town before they depart for the games to be held in Gauteng on 15 December 2021. Our players join the Western Cape Provincial u15’s Sevens teams.

Our DHL WP Rugby Currie Cup side continues to work hard as they prepare for the Currie Cup which starts early January next year. The squad will depart for a training camp in Hermanus on 5 January 2021.

On the club front, several of our clubs continue to remain active as many are planning social events and some clubs looking at inter-club Sevens Rugby matches. In addition, all our universities are working hard in preparation for the FNB Varsity Cup which sees the first fixtures commence in early February 2021.

We remind our clubs that still need to get their Lotto fund application in to do so urgently before the Lotto application window closes.

Following the cancellation of some international matches, our DHL Stormers will face the Emirates Lions at the DHL Stadium in Cape Town this coming Saturday, kick-off at 17h00. The Cell C Sharks will host the Vodacom Bulls in Durban on Friday evening (19h00 kick-off at Jonsson Kings Park).

These matches which were originally scheduled for February form part of the Vodacom United Rugby Championship and have now been brought forward. We wish our team the best of luck.

 


Score WP Club Rugby Sevens reunites at Newlands

This past Saturday saw our WP Rugby Clubs once again reunited in the Score WP Club Rugby Sevens and again showed the spirit of WP Club Rugby as we know it.

After two weeks of pool stages across three regions with more than thirty teams in action, the top two teams from each region squared off at Newlands to determine the Score WP Club Rugby Sevens Champions.

The day got started in perfect sunny conditions with Women’s Sevens teams Kraaifontein Region up against the Strand / Bellville Region followed by Busy Bees RFC against Blue Jets. Kraaifontein and Busy Bees RFC both taking the spoils in the first two matches of the Women’s  Sevens round robin.

With the clubs showcasing their Score WP Club Rugby Jerseys the Score Sevens Cup first-round matches saw wins for Hands and Heart over Young Peoples, Hamilton’s RFC over Goodwood, Stellenbosch over Tygerberg, and Durbell over Gardens.

The next round of the Women’s round-robin saw Kraaifontein with a 35-15 win over Blue Jets and Busy Bees beating the Strand/Bellville Region 24-14. The Shield Semi-Finals was closely contested with some electric running rugby as Gardens scored a 19-10 win over 2019 champions Tygerberg and Young Peoples beat Goodwood 33-0.

The Cup Semi-finals saw Hands and Heart with a 12-10 win over Hamiltons and Stellenbosch beating Durbell 26-17.

In the Women’s final matches Kraaifontein scored a 31-19 win over Busy Bees to go unbeaten and the Strand/Bellville Region bounced back to beat Blue Jets 24-15.

This was a unique day for WP Club Rugby with all hands on deck including a simulcast broadcast by Cape Rugby TV with live streaming, scoring and commentary on Facebook and YouTube and broadcast live on Cape Town TV on DStv to fans, friends, and family across the world. By doing this we managed to stay connected to our club rugby members who would ordinarily have been in the stands.

The day concluded with Young Peoples beating Gardens 47-12 to win the Shield and Hamiltons beating Durbel 26-12 to win the Plate Finals.

The Score WP Club Rugby Sevens Cup final lived up to all expectations with an incredible back and forth match between and Hands and Hearts and Stellenbosch. Hands and Heart eventually closed the match out in the final seconds beating Stellenbosch 15-12 and taking the title as the 2021 Score WP Club Rugby Sevens champions.


Score WP Club Rugby Sevens on again

After an overwhelming number of clubs applied to play in the Score WP Club Rugby Sevens our process on securing venues, teams, players, and several additional logistics concluded and the Score WP Clugby Rugby series is again up and running.

The Score WP Club Rugby Sevens series got off to a bang across three venues this weekend with Paarl 

(Faure Street), Goodwood RFC and Hamilton’s RFC playing host. The series sees thirty-three teams playing in four pools and the top two from each pool playing in the finals at Newlands on 20 November 2021. Highlights of all three venues on all days will be broadcast on Cape Rugby TV every Wednesday from 21:00 on Cape Town TV, DStv ch263.

As before the creative process at clubs has been fascinating to watch as our clubs have again been given the opportunity to select their own unique Jersey designs. This weekend saw the clubs sporting their sublimated Jerseys with logo, colour and design courtesy of CTC Sports and Score Energy Drinks and as before this added to the excitement of the series.

Last weekend saw more than a hundred and sixty junior girls participating in the final Girls YTC Festival for 2021 at City Park. The days included girls u14, u16 and u18 playing Sevens rugby and as usual, the day was a great success with lots of fun had by all. We congratulate our administrators on the sterling work they have done to support and drive the junior girl’s structures and we have no doubt that together with our WP Rugby Women’s Collective and the additional focus on the growth of Women’s Rugby our Women and Girls structures will grow to the next level.

Much of the success of this drive has come from the concept of ensuring all clubs have a Women’s Rugby representative. For those clubs who have not yet appointed a representative to focus on growing the Women and Girls structures at their clubs, we remind you to please allocate someone at your club. As you can see from the evidence these structures are not dependent on having a club women’s team and guaranteed fixtures but provides a platform to create opportunity. If you would like to sign up as a representative for your club please click here.

Don’t forget to sign up for your World Rugby Level One Sevens coaching course which takes place on 19 November 2021. With Sevens Rugby being the talk of the town at this time of year and considering the simplified format and that Sevens Rugby is the perfect way to get started in rugby now is a good time to learn the basics of coaching rugby.

Our Level one coaches are reminded to sign up for their World Rugby Level One course now. You can use this form to sign up for either course.

After a number of weeks, the Friendly Cup between Blue Jets, Gardens, Faure and Police finally concluded at Gardens RFC. Last Saturday saw four matches between the first and second teams with the result in the Plate final going in favour of Police as they beat Faure and the Cup Final saw a win for Blue Jets over Gardens.
We’re excited to announce that five DHL WP Rugby players have been called up to play in the Carling Championships match to face Kenya at Loftus Versfeld this coming weekend. The selection comes after a unique process that saw the fans make their voices heard as they were able to vote for their favourite players using various digital and social media platforms.


Score WP Club Rugby Sevens back, WP u20 into finals and juniors move forward

This week has been an exciting week for our clubs, juniors, and DHL WP Rugby u20’s.

After consultation with our clubs, we’re excited to announce the return of the Score WP Club Rugby Sevens Series. The series will roll out across multiple venues over three weeks starting on 6 November 2021 and will culminate at the iconic Newlands Stadium on 20 November 2021. This is fantastic news for our clubs who missed

out on the popular Sevens Rugby series last year. 2019 saw more than one thousand players participate over four weeks with all clubs sporting unique self-designed jerseys supported by Score Energy Drinks and weekly TV coverage on Cape Rugby TV. 

Considering the interest in Sevens Rugby now is the perfect time to get qualified as an official Sevens Rugby coach. As WP Rugby we host regular coaching courses and our next World Rugby level one coaching will be held at Newlands on 19 November 2021. This is an entry-level course that requires no previous experience required. Other than a passion for the sport the only other criteria is to have completed your World Rugby passport. 

You can complete the World Rugby passport online at your leisure. The course is self-explanatory with easy to complete online questions based on the information you have read during the survey. 

By doing the World Rugby Passport you will be joining the global database of officially listed World Rugby members and once you have completed your course with us you will be certified with World Rugby. This process then allows for globally recognized credentials. To sign up for the Sevens course click here … and to do your World Rugby passport click here.

With the recent school holidays, we’ve seen quite a bit of activity in our youth structures ranging from planning for the annual SRSA summer games and our junior referees’ structures boosted yet again.

This past Saturday saw our WP Rugby u15 boys and girls participate in the Sevens Rugby play-offs against Boland and SWD juniors at City Park with a view to selection for the annual SRSA Summer Games at the end of the year. The Sport and Recreation South Africa games see provincial teams selected from schools in the provinces. We’re happy to say that six of our junior girls and three boys have made the team.

The recent school holidays provided time for our WP Rugby referees society to focus on our Junior Referee and saw just over thirty boys and girls aged between fourteen and eighteen participate in the junior refereeing course at the Jan Kriel Primary School in Bellville.  

The event which included the opportunity for the junior boys and girls to sleepover saw the participants undergo the introduction to refereeing course and concluded with a fitness session. Additional elements included the Boksmart program and Safety for Rugby. Were excited to see these juniors come through the ranks as we deliver another generation of referees.

We would also like to congratulate WP Rugby Referee Aimee Barrett-Theron who made her United Rugby Championship debut last weekend between Benetton and Ospreys.

The round-robin-friendly matches between Faure, Blue Jets, Police, and Gardens was last weekend bolstered by False Bay Women and Stellenbosch women in Tens Rugby. This weekend sees Kraaifontein vs Bellville, Faure vs Gardens, Blue jets vs Police again go head to head in their approved friendlies.

With the move to the COVID adjusted alert level one and the recent announcement of spectators allowed again, we anticipate more clubs will be looking to play friendlies and we remind our members to ensure all friendlies are pre-approved and fall in line with the various health and safety protocols. 

Our DHL WP Rugby u20 side continues to shine in the SA Rugby U20 cup. This past Saturday saw our boys run in six tries against the Vodacom Blue Bulls u20 side to score a 42-17 win and secure a place in the finals. We now travel to Johannesburg to face the Lions u20 in the finals at Emirates Airline Park on Saturday 30 October 2021. Kick-Off 13:00

Our DHL Stormers side is back home after a successful overseas leg in the Vodacom United Rugby Championships. We now next play Zebre Parma on 27 November and Cardiff on 4 December in Cape Town. 


YTC Festival, coaching courses and u20 success

The past few days has seen a number of highlights and activities for our clubs, our women’s rugby structures, and our various rugby departments, including a celebration of Heritage Day at DHL Newlands.

Following the recent success of our Women’s Rugby Collective which saw a number of our Women’s Rugbyleaders create awareness for Women’s Rugby through the World Literacy outreach campaign in partnership with United Way and Pay it Forward our YTC programme saw additional excitement this past weekend.

After the YTC festival at City Park last week which saw just over one hundred and thirty women and girls from various schools and youth structures many of the same players this weekend returned to DHL Newlands to celebrate Heritage Day.

This Women’s Collective Heritage Day initiative saw in excess of twelve clubs play in a series six-touch rugby, with many of the teams sporting their unique self-designed jerseys. The day saw much excitement and energy from the clubs as the teams played in a series of round-robin matches in a sunny day with braai food sponsored by Six-Gun grill.

After months of inactivity, we now see some momentum with club rugby activities as a number of our clubs take advantage of the opportunity to keep their members active by engaging in approved friendlies. Amongst others, some clubs such as Gardens, Police, Faure and Blue Jets have created a round-robin competition amongst themselves and last weekend saw Gardens (45) host Police(21) with the spoils going to Gardens. The Busy Bees(58) and Blue Jets(38) resulted in a close game with the bragging rights going to Busy Bees. This weekend Faure host Police and Blue Jets vs Gardens.

Members are reminded that all friendlies must be authorised by the WPRFU in advance and that all COVID safety protocols are required.

Our DHL WP Rugby u20 side put in a solid performance to draw against the Lions u20 side in Johannesburg last week and this week went a step further to beat the Cell C Sharks 48-21 at DHL Newlands. We now next travel to Bloemfontein to face the Toyota Free State u20 side on 9 October 2021.

Our DHL Stormers team who departed for Europe last week to play in the Vodacom United Rugby Championships opened their campaign against Benneton at Stadio Comunale Treviso (Italy) this Saturday and now go on to face Munster in Ireland.

Our next World Rugby level one Fifteens coaching course is on 1 October 2021. Entries for this course closes this Monday 27 September 2021 (Please click here to sign up now). Participants are reminded to complete the World Rugby passport in advance.

For those interested in coaching sevens rugby now is a great opportunity to get started as we host our next World Rugby Sevens course on 22 October 2021.

Considering the constant excitement for Sevens rugby and the fact that club sport is re-inventing itself in terms of activity and participation numbers we expect this course to be sold out soon. To sign up for any of these and other courses please click here to sign up now.

Our WP Rugby Referees society will be hosting two junior rugby referee’s courses for boys and girls on 4, 5 October and 6,7 October for Girls and Boys respectively. The course includes Boksmart, Mini Rugby, Assistant Referees and the practical aspects of refereeing.

The course which will be held at the Jan Kriel High School in Kuilsriver includes goodies bags and the option to stay over.

To find out more or to sign-up please contact the WP Rugby Referees department at email referees@wprugby.co.za. In addition to the referees, qualification candidates may also qualify for future duties at the HSBC sevens and when the DHL WP Rugby teams play.


Women’s Collective reaching out on World Literacy Day, U20’s win again and coaches courses open for sign up

This past week has again been another week of constructive planning and delivery for senior and junior rugby with more development specifically for Women’s Rugby.

After last week’s 65-0 win over the Eastern Province u20 side in Dispatch, our DHL WP Rugby u20 side hosted the Bulls u20 side in a typical derby match in the u20 SA Rugby Cup at DHL Newlands this Friday. After a tough eighty minutes, our boys managed to secure a 17-11 win. The team next travels to Johannesburg to face the Lions u20 side on 17 September 2012.

This past Wednesday saw an online gathering of our Women’s Collective as we hosted a constructive sharing and engagement session to plot some of the activities for the next month.

The Women’s Collective which includes current and past players, former women’s team managers, club women’s representatives, and more is fast gaining momentum. The concept took another step forward this week with the addition of regional representatives who will spearhead various campaigns to drive the growth of women and girls’ rugby in various regions.

The collective campaigns include various competitions such as six touch for women and their first social outreach project on World Literacy Day in various communities on 8 September 2021. This campaign driven by the collective will see close to two thousand books handed over to various schools in underprivileged areas.

Heritage Day on 24 September is just around the corner and this will see the rollout of the first of our women and girls’ gatherings as we bring together women and girls teams from various clubs in various regions.

 

The core principle of the Women’s Collective remains the growth of Women’s Rugby participants for women and girls with the constant objective to drive recruitment at club level. To achieve this we have requested that all clubs appoint a women’s rugby representative at their respective clubs. Each of these representatives will look to signup women and girl members from their local schools and neighbourhoods using various membership capture and communications tools.

These members can then be afforded the opportunity to participate in activities exclusive to women and girls. This could happen without the focus on matches and the objective being to build the membership to eventually convert into fixture playing teams.

Thursday saw us engage with a number of our clubs who have taken up the opportunity to have friendly fixtures. These matches will be organized between the clubs directly and will see yet another stream of excitement in club rugby as we anticipate the clubs arranging typical derby style matches amongst each other.

As we know many other sport codes are currently playing fixtures and hosting championships and although allowed by government and SA Rugby we are retaining a firm hand on our club rugby club activities. Our engagements continue to ensure that clubs are aware that all fixtures must comply with the relevant health and safety protocols and can only go ahead if sanctioned by WP Rugby.

Next week Friday 10 September 2021 sees us host our next World Rugby Level One Fifteens Course at DHL Newlands. This course is now fully booked with the following course scheduled to take place on 1 October 2021.

For those interested in coaching sevens rugby now is a great opportunity to get started as we host our next World Rugby Sevens course on 22 October 2021.

Considering the constant excitement for Sevens rugby and the fact that club sport is re-inventing itself in terms of activity and participation numbers we expect this course to be sold out soon. To sign up for any of these and other courses please click here to sign up now.

As we see many clubs reaching out to their members to do weekly health and fitness at their clubs using the luxury of open space and fresh air we suggest that our members take advantage of our next Strength and Conditioning course. Clubs will find that this course is particularly useful for those that are managing on-field fitness sessions for their members.

The next World Rugby Level one Strength and Conditioning course is on 19 November 2021, but if we see an increase in demand, we will host an additional course sooner. If you simply want to be on the mailing list for notifications and to show your interest, please click here to add your name to the list. We will then notify you directly of any upcoming courses and course schedule changes.


Women’s Collective, Schools smiling club activities continue

This week has been abuzz with rugby conversation as we see a continuation of schools rugby fixtures, our DHL WP Rugby sides in action some clubs offering on-field activities, and more development for women’s rugby.

With the recent announcements by SA Rugby on the resumption of school rugby activities, we’re happy to see that some of our schools have arranged and already played some fixtures. These fixtures are a welcome factor to the world of rugby as 2020 delivered a tremendous blow for school sport. Losing the school season due to COVID in 2020 in effect meant that an entire age group of participation and development was lost. We’re now happy to say that these players are back on the park and will hopefully once again feed our club and university structures.

The objective to grow and support women’s rugby continues to gain momentum and with the several campaigns we are running we see more exposure and opportunity for Women’s rugby.

The Women’s Collective will return to the online space next week Wednesday as we again bring several of our Women’s rugby leaders to the table to help plot the way forward. After the initial launch, the collective will now discuss their first campaign which will see various Women’s representatives help with the distribution of books in underprivileged areas as part of the world literacy day program.

 

Our drive to ensure all clubs have at least one Women’s Rugby representative continues and slowly we see more clubs approaching women at their clubs to drive the initiative. These champions have been encouraging Women and Girls in their neighbourhoods to join their clubs to participate in various activities not only with the intention of delivering teams but also other activities such as fitness options, education, and outreach projects.

Our WP Rugby YTC program is on track and our ladies are motivated by the planning and exposure for Women and Girls in Western Province. We continue to support the program through our WP Rugby coaching, referees, and management structures and we trust that this knowledge and experience will continue to enrich and develop our young ladies coming through the ranks.

This weekend sees our DHL WP Rugby senior and U20 sides in action. Our U20 side takes on Eastern Province U20 at De Wet Stadium in Despatch while our senior side travels to Durban to face the Cell C Sharks in the Castle Lager Currie Cup.

We kindly remind all those interested in the World Rugby Level 1 coaching course on 10 September to sign up

before the end of next week. If you have not yet you still have time to complete your World Rugby Passport and register for the course.  If you are interested, please click here to sign up now. 

This past Monday saw us present a fantastic webinar on Live Streaming. The session included elements to help clubs understand the basics of streaming from their desired locations including options to stream events such as social, education, and training. A large emphasis was placed on pre-planning and testing and using the MMS team at the club which then offers an affordable way to stream.

We are currently in an era where sports administrators need to reinvent their sports offerings to bring value not only to their members but also to the community they serve. As a rugby structure founded on the principles of community sport our members naturally work towards finding solutions for their members. This has seen an increase in alternative activities such as fitness sessions, gym sessions, and other forms of open-air activities.  

We however remind all our members to continue to practice the recommended health and safety protocols.


Clubs and Schools allowed to train and Women start first collective

This week saw some fantastic news for WP Club Rugby and WP Schools Rugby and we’re excited to see our u20 DHL WP Rugby team get back into action.

Following the recent announcement by SA Rugby on the allowance for fixtures and training, and after consultation with our clubs the positive news this week was the decision by the WPRFU that clubs may now resume training on condition of the strict adherence to the COVID safety regulations.

This news is very positive for our members who have been starved for activity. The announcement has several positive elements including that clubs can again reach out and engage with their members with a specific training message. Considering the risk of losing members and sponsors the need for club activity is crucial.

COVID has had a very negative effect on the mental health of sports people and the desperate need for sports activity has been apparent. We’re happy to say that WP Club Rugby now again provides some respite from this terrible pandemic.

We urge our members to remain vigilant against the virus and to consider training methods similar to other sports that are currently training without fixtures or matches in mind.

Additional good news this week rolled out from the Department of Basic Education and now sees the return of school sports. We have already received news that many schools have begun some basic training and that by all accounts the players are simply once again enjoying the option for enjoyable exercise, even if it’s just passing the ball around in a social manner.

The SA Rugby u20 Currie Cup starts this weekend and our DHL WP Rugby u20 get their campaign underway next week when we host The Leopards in a curtain-raiser to the seniors Currie Cup match with the venue still to be announced. The fixtures for the SA Rugby u20 championships have now changed from weekly to fortnightly and our first away match then against Eastern Province u20 on 72 August 2021 in Gqeberha.

Our YTC Women’s youth program continues to deliver fantastic results and this year has again seen the announcement of several of our Women players selected for the Women’s National side. This follows from our success in the Women’s Premier division. The current elite squad of just over forty players have been issued home-based training programs and will all have their eye on the SA Rugby u20 YTC games with the first fixture expected to be in October this year.

Our WP Rugby activity calendar carries on with the schedule of online workshops. Next week Thursday 12 August 2021 sees our first Women’s Collective as we gather our former WP Rugby Women’s players and

our newly signed up Women’s Club Rugby reps. This online event which forms part of our “Women’s Collective” will look at various ways to grow Women’s club rugby by looking at methods of recruitment and activities driven by WP Club Rugby. This initiative is inspired by the values of WP Rugby as we believe that rugby can and does play a significant role in the growth of society.

We will be hosting our next workshop on 16 August 2021 on Live Streaming and the various elements of producing a live stream including equipment needed, content consideration, the content delivery network, and data usage.

On Thursday, 19 August 2021 we move onto a lighter format as we roll out our WP Club Rugby Quiz series roll out. The quiz focuses only on club rugby-related trivia such as spot the logo, what happens next, and name the player or coach.

Our next World Rugby Level 1 coaching for Fifteens course will be held on 10 September 2021 at DHL Newlands.This is a one-day course from 12h00 to 20h00. Please remember to first do your World Rugby Passport online.

The process is easy enough to follow with all of the relevant information provided online. It’s important to note that once you register online and start your course you can return to finish it later. If you are interested, please click here to sign up now. 


DHL Women successful season, Club leadership Webinars and u20’s getting ready

Last week was a busy week for us as we rolled out more club online activities, prepared for our WP Rugby Women’s side in the finals, and supported international events.

After months of hard work, our DHL WP Rugby Women’s side played in the finals of the Women’s Premier Division against Border at DHL Newlands this past Friday. Although things did not go our way the entire squad deserves a tremendous pat on the back.

Not only have we seen a fantastic team effort from players and management on the field but also off the field as we’ve seen several of our squad promoting Women’s Rugby. We also commend our clubs who have supported their Women players to get to this level.

We will continue to build on the momentum gained for Women’s Rugby and will continue to seek Women Club Rugby representatives. Clubs are reminded to nominate at least one Women’s Rugby representative. Please click here to sign up

Last Monday saw us host the second in our club leadership workshops as we focused on the “Role of the Executive” at club level. The online session looked at the various roles of elected and co-opted Executive Committee members as well as the formulation of sub-structures such as commissions and committees. The substructures are particularly useful to assist with delivering on the clubs strategic objectives. We strongly recommend formulating these types of structures to not only help take the pressure off the Exco structures but also as an opportunity to bring more volunteers on board to support the club and prepare the next generation.

The next session for club leadership is scheduled for 27 July 2021 as we look at meeting preparation and delivery. The session will look at elements such as pre-meeting communication, preparing the agenda, chairing the meeting, and post-meeting communication. 

This week Thursday 22 July 2021 we look at the skills of TV and online presentation presented by local Cape Rugby TV presenter JP Naude. Although many of you might not be planning a TV career these skills are particularly useful for YouTube, Streaming, and Online presentation. The session will include several aspects such as getting comfortable behind the camera, preparing your content and sound and lighting. If you are interested in this Webinar please click here to sign up now.

 Next week sees us move to a much lighter side of rugby as we host our first online trivia quiz show. The quiz will include several trivia questions on club rugby sourced from our members. We expect the session to be great fun and encourage all to sign up.

Last week saw the start of the “Women’s Collective” this campaign is geared to promoting the development of WP Women’s Rugby by uniting all current and former WP Women’s Rugby players and management. We will shortly host our first meeting for this group of extraordinary Women.

Last week saw an excited WP Rugby u20 squad return to training after a week off and many of the players return from national duty. The squad training continues in preparation for the SA Rugby u20 Currie Cup.

This past weekend saw an exciting opportunity for our DHL Stormers side who tackled the British and Irish Lions at the Cape Town Stadium. Behind the scenes, we’ve been working hard to support SA Rugby in the rollout of these matches and we’re very excited that our members and fans have the opportunity to watch their favourite sport.


Clubs stay connected and more DHL WP Rugby Women’s Team heading to the finals.

The past seven days have been fruitful for our club rugby structures and we remain in good spirits following more good news from our DHL WP Rugby Women’s squad.

The good news from our Women’s Rugby Division this past week was the conclusion of the round-robin of the Women’s Premier Division and our DHL WP Rugby Women’s Team ending on top of the log. We now host the Border Ladies at DHL Newlands in the finals on 16 July 2021. We go into the match as defending champions after securing the national title in 2019, 2018, and 2017. The team amassed an incredible 343 points with only 73 points scored against them and a points difference of 270. The pre-season strength and conditioning training has clearly paid dividends.

Last week saw the resumption of our online workshops for clubs as we presented a webinar on club membership recruitment and rejuvenation. The session looked at various recruitment methods which include growing segments of the club such as youth, women and girls, and past players. The presentation placed a lot of emphasis on the fact that club administrators should continuously look to grow their members base beyond only those that play as registered members.

Additionally, we considered that community sport is under global pressure to find creative ways to stimulate membership and as such we reminded our clubs of the importance of staying connected with their members and fans. Simple solutions such as sharing birthday wishes on WhatsApp, congratulating a member on a newborn or sharing an old photo memory will go a long way towards letting your members know you still care and are always thinking of their interest.

Our next webinar is now for club leadership this Monday as we look at the “Role of the Executive”. This workshop is geared to supporting our club structures with the administrative function of a club structure. In this space, we realise that most amateur sports administrators are volunteers and need as much support and guidance as possible. Any club executive member wishing to attend this workshop should be in touch with their club secretary to signup.

Last week Thursday saw our Club High-Performance structures present another workshop for just over seventy of our club coaches. The session was presented by DHL WP Rugby Skills coach Labeeb Levy who delivered a fascinating first-hand view of skills for attacking rugby at a professional level and the work behind the scenes.

After a week off from training and following the return from the national team and their experience in the international series, our DHL WP Rugby u20 players now return to training at the HPC as they prepare for the upcoming u20 Currie Cup.

As you know we continue our drive to grow Women’s Rugby and we remind our clubs to appoint a Women’s Representative within their club structure so that we may engage in a meaningful full manner. This person will be dedicated to the task of growing the Women’s structure at their respective club. Any person wishing to take on this role to help their club can sign up here. We will then invite you to the various engagements which are structured to place you in a position to take up the challenges with the tools you need.

Further to the initiative to grow Women’s Rugby at club level, we have now embarked on an additional campaign ie “The Women’s Collective” this collective is made up of WP Rugby Women’s players, coaches, and administrators who formerly represented WP Rugby together with our current players. This group of leaders and role models will engage regularly to share experiences and memories to help stimulate the excitement of Women’s rugby.