Archives 2021

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.


Women’s Rugby and u20’s keep shining and innovative workshops set for clubs

Our DHL WP Women’s Rugby side again showed their dominance in the Premier Division this weekend as we beat the Boland Rugby Women’s side 56-10 in Wellington. This result keeps us unbeaten with seven from seven and firmly on top of the log. The team deserves a tremendous amount of credit as this has been an irregular year with a very tough fixtures calendar including the home and away matches every weekend. This Saturday the ladies take on the EP Queens at the Isaac Wolfson Stadium in Gqeberha.

Our members can take note that although we are unfortunately still a distance away from our first official fixture the WP Rugby Calendar remains full of activity for you to engage on. These activities include online coaching courses, referees courses, high-performance courses, media workshops and club leadership courses.

Following on from our successful MMS ( Media, Marketing and Sponsorship ) course we held last year we will now present a series of related workshops, including content creation with a focus on local business, club recruitment, online presentation skills and elements of Live Streaming. Our series on Club Leadership workshops restarts shortly with topics specifically relating to club management.

The club recruitment workshop is scheduled for 6 July 2021 and is particularly important for any club administrator. Not only will the workshop look at new members recruitment but also at current member rejuvenation. We’ve adopted this workshop as a priority as many sport clubs in South Africa are losing members due to COVID and the value of a greater membership base also ties in with the sponsor value proposition.

Our next World Rugby level one Sevens Rugby coaching course is on 23 July 2021 and applicants are reminded to apply to attend the course before 16 July to avoid disappointment. You can click here to sign up now.

Our DHL WP Rugby u20 squad remains hard at work in preparation for the upcoming u20 Currie Cup. Last week Thursday saw the squad put in a solid performance against the WP Rugby Academy side in Stellenbosch. Currently, a number of our players are doing duty with the Junior Springbok squad who this week beat Argentina 33-26 in the u20 international series in Stellenbosch.

Amongst other initiatives, last week saw Langa RFC do a Youth Camp at the Langa fields including a feeding project for the children, La Motte Wanderers gathered their players for a training camp and Busy Bees RFC celebrated Youth Day by doing an apparel handover to their players and special celebratory items for their Women’s Rugby side who won the league in 2019. Busy Bees currently have twelve players in the DHL WP Rugby Women’s team starting line-up.

Titans RFC this weekend do yet another noodle drive to support their local members and members of the Phumlani community after the recent fire which saw a number of homes devasted.

Our next High-Performance Coaching course for Club Coaches is scheduled for 8 July 2021, and next week 1 July 2021 will see us host further engagements with our clubs to discuss the 2021 season amongst other matters.


Club Derbies, DHL Women win again, Juniors Qualify and another Varsity Cup Final

This week again saw more positives for Western Province Rugby as we saw highlights from our Junior players, more friendly fixtures for our clubs, good news from the Varsity Cup, and our DHL Women’s Rugby squad keeps on shining with yet another victory.

Our DHL WP Rugby Women’s rugby side beat the Cell C Sharks Women’s Rugby side 10-0 in the Inter-Provincial, in Durban this Saturday. The match which live-streamed for more than 110 minutes via Springbok Rugby saw the fitness and conditioning work our team put in during pre-season paid off in what was arguably their toughest this season.

We remain top of the log with four from four and now return home to face Border Ladies at DHL Newlands in what will now be a top-of-the-table clash.

After ten rounds of FNB Varsity Cup fixtures, FNB UCT goes into the finals against TUKS this Monday. This comes after their 54-36 win over FNB NWU this past Friday. FNB UCT will be looking to lift the FNB Varsity Cup for the third time.

After lots of hard work, we’re thrilled to see that we have eight DHL WP Rugby players called up for the Junior Springbok squad in the upcoming International series. Many of our players were part of the u18 International Series in 2019 and this again shows the success of our player retention program. The team will begin their U20 International Series campaign against Uruguay on Friday, 18 June, and will line up against Argentina on Wednesday, 23 June, and Georgia on Monday, 28 June.

This past Thursday saw a fantastic turnout for our Lotto funding workshop for our clubs at DHL Newlands. This workshop series continues from our previous engagements with regard to various funding opportunities. Lotto funding is particularly important for clubs who look to secure funds for the club structures. It’s clear that our clubs have since been working hard at ensuring all administrative boxes are ticked in order to qualify for application to Lotto funding.

After last week’s successful World Rugby level one course for our Junior Referees our campaign to build on Junior Referees structures continues with our next course to be held at the Brackenfell Primary School on 12 June 2021.

To attend the course, it is compulsory that the applicant completes the course material on the World Rugby website. Upon completion, the applicant will receive a certificate which must be emailed to referees@wprugby.co.za The closing date for applicants is 2 June 2021. Please click here to go to the new World Rugby passport domain now.

This weekend saw in excess of sixty club rugby friendlies involving more than fifty clubs, scheduled across the province including several u20 matches. Amongst these friendlies, we again saw a number of derbies on the cards. Notably, Hamilton’s hosted Villagers, St Georges hosted Sir Lowrians, Paarl Rangers were are up against Franschhoek and Caledonian Roses traveled to Violets while Hamediehs hosted Rangers.

Although these matches are friendlies we have no doubt that there will be no love lost in any of the challenges as clubs will be seeking bragging rights. It’s important to point out that no friendlies are going ahead without prior approval from the WPRFU.

We have now structured the remainder of the year’s coaching courses. Our next World Rugby Level one for Sevens is on 23 July 2021 and our Level two Fifteens on 25-26 June 2021 and this coming weekend sees the final Level One course for this month. For a full list of courses and to sign up now. Please click here.

On a final note, we again remind all our clubs to make every effort to abide by and enforce all COVID regulations. We are aware of the fact that matches have now taken on a new dimension with the exclusion of spectators, but we urge all our clubs to adjust to the regulations and use every other possible tool at their disposal to reach their fans.


Club Friendlies and coaching courses on the cards and DHL Western Province Women’s Rugby win again

WP Club Rugby remains active as we saw just over fifty clubs take to the field for approved friendlies last weekend on more than twenty separate venues in Western Province and this weekend sees more action on the cards while our DHL Senior rugby side keeps shining.

It was another double for us as our DHL Stormers team traveled to Durban to beat the Cell C Sharks 25-22 in the Rainbow Cup this Saturday and our DHL WP Rugby Women’s side scored their third successive win as they beat the Eastern Province Women’s Rugby side 72-19 at DHL Newlands.

Although we are not quite in the grips of winter yet the weather did have an impact last weekend as a number of clubs put their teams on the field in rather wet weather. In addition to all clubs fielding first and second sides we also several u20 teams in action.

Although the current matches are still friendlies it’s clear to see that our clubs are taking these matches seriously as we see a fair amount of friendly banter going around. Many clubs are however not at full strength as not all players are available for play just yet.

Some interesting results included Bellville having a somewhat tougher match with a narrow 14-10 win over Langa, Hands and Hearts scored a 29-12 win away to NTK, Brackenfell scored a 14-5 win over Hamiltons, and False Bay scored a narrow 10-7 win over Helderberg. In what we could consider derby matches we saw a 19-19 draw between Franschhoek and Paarl, Albions scored a 38-12 win over Young Gardens and Kylemore beat Blakes 29-21.

This weekend sees more approved friendlies on the cards for our clubs including a number of derby matches. Although Albions and Paarl RFC play in different leagues both hail from the same area and will no doubt be looking for bragging rights. Young Gardens will be looking to bounce back when they face Paarl Rangers and the match between Faure and Excelsior will also draw much excitement. St Georges travel to All Saints in what many will also consider being a derby match as both teams reside in the Helderberg Basin.

Clubs are reminded that all friendlies’ fixtures must be approved, not only as an official friendly match but also with a valid COVID clearance certificate from the WPRFU. These friendlies are required to be approved seven days in advance and clubs are reminded that included in the COVID regulations no spectators are allowed.

This Friday saw us host yet another World Rugby Level 1 Seven Coaching course at DHL Newlands and aspiring coaches are reminded to sign up for the World Rugby Level 1 Fifteens coaching course to be held on 4 June 2021 before 28 May 2021. Click here to sign up now.

After eight rounds FNB UCT remains the log leader in the FNB Varsity Cup after beating the FNB NWU Eagles 42-36 on Thursday. FNB Maties scored a solid 49-14 win over FNB UJ to remain third on the log, and FNB UWC scored a big 60-19 win over the FNB Ixias. The teams now go into the final round this Sunday before the semi-finals on 28 May 2021.

We remind our clubs of the strict compliance regulations that remain in place. These regulations are not negotiable, and any club found breaching these regulations will face action.


CPUT wins Varsity Shield, Women’s Rugby milestones and more

Victory for FNB CPUT in the Varsity Shield this weekend saw more milestones reached at Western Province Rugby including milestones for Women’s Rugby, Club rugby, Varsity, and referees.

FNB CPUT scored a dramatic win over FNB WSU in the Varsity Shield at TUKS Stadium this Sunday in a match that saw both sides giving their all. The match went to a nailbiting extra time which eventually saw CPUT winning 30-26. After eight rounds of CPUT lost only one match under the guidance of head coach Alistair Theys. This is an outstanding performance for our boys who had to play all their matches in a bubble away from home under the COVID regulations.

In The Varsity Cup Round, six will now see Maties take on FNB Madibaz at TUKS while we see our two clubs FNB UCT and FNB UWC face each other at Loftus on 10 May 2021. All matches are live on SuperSport from 14:00.

Our DHL Women’s Rugby side made their debut at the Cape Town Stadium in fantastic fashion to get their Women’s Premier Division participation started with a bang as they scored a 38-6 win over the Boland Women’s Rugby side. After winning the tournament in 2017,2018 and 2019 we’re now looking for a fourth consecutive title.

This was a first on several levels for our DHL Women’s Rugby side as they played their first match at the Cape Town stadium and first-ever match live broadcast as the team took to the field in the curtain-raiser to the DHL Stormers vs the Cell C Sharks match.

The team under the guidance of Head Coach Laurian Johannes-Haupt and lead by Captain Babalwa Latsha will now face the Bulls Women’s Rugby side at Loftus this weekend and will now be playing back-to-back matches home and away.

Last week saw us meet online with our Super League, Regions and Metro club structures to draw for home positions for the clubs during the 2021 season. Historically we did this draw physically but this year due to COVID we modified the process to accommodate everyone online.

Even though all club rugby fixtures are currently regulated to take place without spectators the clubs were clearly excited about the draw process as home ground advantage remains the first prize.

This year sees a slightly different format in that each league now has a Pool A and Pool B with the top two in each league going through to the semi-finals. Although there is no promotion and relegation this year there is no doubt that our clubs will still give their best to walk away with the annual trophies.

In addition to the draw, the attendees were given a thorough rundown of the COVID regulations including process, procedures, and limitations.

Our junior rugby continues to excite as we recently saw just over fifty juniors attend the WP Rugby junior referees’ course at DHL Newlands. In addition to the studies of becoming a referee, the attendees enjoyed the rare privilege of sleeping over at DHL Newlands. This certainly bodes well for WP Rugby as we continue to invest in our youth and anticipate many young referees coming through the ranks. We are most grateful to Old Mutual for their support in supplying goody bags, t-shirts, and caps.

Whilst many of our juniors are preparing to blow the referees whistle, we also see several juniors players in training at the HPC, all intending to make the selection for the Grant Khomo and Craven Week which is set to take place in the first and second week of July in Port Elizabeth and Krugersdorp respectively. The teams will begin trials towards the end of May. This is certainly very exciting for us as we look forward to making up lost ground after COVID denied so many of our school’s rugby players the opportunity to play at a higher level in 2020.

Having completed the various return-to-play phases as per SA Rugby regulations, and after receiving clearance from the WPRFU, this weekend saw thirty-nine clubs in action across sixty-three approved club rugby friendlies at nineteen separate venues. Included in the approved fixtures were Kuilsrivier who hosted a number of players for trials. Amongst other results Whistling Wheels scored a 20-12 win over the newly established Gordons Bay Pioneers, Bellville beat Eerste Rivier with their u20 and 2nd team in action, Ellsies Rivier drew 22 all with Rocklands and the Hamiltons RFC touring group beat Hamlets away.

In addition to our clubs returning to action, we also saw just over forty referees take to the field as our WP Rugby referees society rolls out their support for club rugby. It’s heart-warming to see that our referees are as eager to get back on the field as our players.

We look forward to following the progress of our clubs as they continue to drive the spirit of WP Club Rugby even during these difficult times where matches are limited to COVID regulations and still with no spectators allowed.

Our WP Rugby Education department hosted a full house of delegates for the World Rugby Level One course at DHL Newlands on Friday and we look forward to seeing these coaches come through the ranks. Our next coaching course is for the World Rugby Level 1 Sevens coaching course on 21 May 2021 with the deadline to signup on 14 May 2021. Please click here to register now.

Our fans are reminded that they can buy their striking new The DHL Stormers replica jerseys online by simply visiting either stormersshop.co.za or blksport.co.za

On a final note, anyone who has registered on the World Rugby Passport website should be on the lookout for an important message from World Rugby concerning their online access and registration. World Rugby has recently made some changes to its website and now requires you to re-activate your account on the new platform to preserve your records. Please click here to go to the new World Rugby Passport registration page. Once registered the system will send you an activation code which will help you log on with your previous data still intact.


DHL Women’s squad getting ready, Fixture planning and Friendlies get started

With this weekend’s win for FNB CPUT in the Varsity Shield, several of our clubs playing their first friendlies, our DHL WP Rugby Women’s Team enjoying their first training camp and the DHL Stormers kicking off the Rainbow Cup at the Cape Town Stadium the excitement in the WP Rugby circles keeps climbing.

FNB CPUT scored a 53 -12 win over FNB UKZN this past Sunday to keep them unbeaten and firmly on top of the Varsity Shield log while FNB UCT remains the log leaders after six rounds in the Varsity Cup. Having two Western Province Clubs lead two logs in these tough competitions and all being played far from home gives us an enormous sense of pride as we see all the hard work our club coaches have put in deliver these dividends. Additionally, an excellent performance from FNB UWC saw them score a resounding 31-5 win over FNB UJ at Loftus on Friday.

Round six will now see Maties take on FNB Madibaz at TUKS while we see our two clubs FNB UCT and FNB UWC face each other at Loftus on 10 May 2021. All matches are live on SuperSport from 14:00.

Having completed the various return to play phases as per SA Rugby regulations, and after receiving clearance from the WPRFU, this weekend saw a number of club rugby friendlies. Amongst others Northerns hosted Whistling Wheels with Wheels scoring a narrow 20-19-win, Van der Stel Evergreens hosted Excelsior to win 22-5. Bellville hosted Belhar and scored a 50-29 while their u20 side beat Durbell u20 21-5.

Under normal circumstances, any Kraaifontein Hands and Heart’s match would be considered one of our biggest annual derbies. This past Friday night the spoils went to Hands and Hearts across all three sides with Hands and Heart’s first team winning 29-12.

We look forward to following the progress of our clubs as they continue to drive the spirit of WP Club Rugby even during these difficult times where matches are limited to COVID regulations and still with no spectators allowed.

This weekend was a big weekend for our DHL WP Rugby Women’s squad as they enjoyed their final team building and training session at DHL Newlands before starting the interprovincial championships at the Cape Town Stadium next weekend. The first match is scheduled against the Boland Women’s Rugby side and thereafter it will be back-to-back home and away matches each week until the finals on 17 July 2021.

The event saw the Women arrive early for breakfast and strapping after which it was a full day of training and team building before the squad ended the day with a relaxed braai and time to watch the DHL Stormers take on the Cell C Sharks in the opening match of the Rainbow Cup at the Cape Town Stadium.

We will now host the Vodacom Bulls next week, before their first match away at Emirates Airline Park where they will face the Emirates Lions on 15 May 2021.

Our fans are reminded that they can buy their striking new The DHL Stormers replica jerseys online by simply visiting either stormersshop.co.za or blksport.co.za

This week sees us host our clubs online in the regional forum meetings on Tuesday for Super League clubs and Regions on Wednesday. Please be on the lookout for more official news regarding the 2021 season.


More friendlies on the cards, Women’s Rugby ready for action

Rugby is certainly back as we see several approved friendly fixtures, fantastic Varsity Cup and Shield performances, and our DHL Women’s Rugby squad in action.

FNB CPUT remains unbeaten in the Varsity Shield having won four from four after a solid performance, beating FNB TUT 54-20 at Loftus Versfeld in what was arguably their toughest match so far. Although a tough match our forwards managed to dominate, with credit due to our WP Rugby management team which has supported the team during their preparations. Their next match is scheduled to take place at TUKS on 2 May 2021 against FNB UKZN.

In the Varsity Cup, FNB UCT is also still unbeaten and on top of the log after beating FNB Shimlas 59-5. FNB UWC now take on FNB TUKS and UCT are up against FNB CUT next, while Maties are against the NWU Eagles this Tuesday.

In addition to many of our u20 players being in action at the Varsity Cup, we’re thrilled to let you know that we have fourteen WP Rugby u20 players selected for the SA Rugby u20 camp currently taking place in Stellenbosch.

Last week saw the trimmed-down squad of forty-four DHL Women’s Rugby players continue preparation for their first match against the Boland Women’s Rugby team on 8 May 2021 in the Inter Provincials. This upcoming match will be a first-time test for the players in the sense that the teams do not play friendlies in the build-up to the tournament, and as such our management team is keeping the squad focused on realistic game day training.

We will host our DHL Women’s Rugby squad for a team-building session at DHL Newlands this coming Saturday as we put the final plans in place.

After seeing last week’s first club rugby friendlies roll out we now several clubs preparing for organised friendlies. This is great news for rugby and certainly bodes well for the future of our clubs and their members. All club friendlies are required to be authorised and approved by the WPRFU. Any club seeking to play a friendly should apply to the WPRFU in advance, we have sent all required documentation to our clubs.

We remind everyone that our coaching courses normally have a seven-day deadline and anyone interested in signing up for the World Rugby Level One Fifteens course to be held on 7 May 2021, should do so before 30 April 2021. Entrants are reminded to complete the World Rugby Passport and COVID awareness certification to enter the course.

We again point out that the online process allows for members to complete their activities in phases which means you can register now, do a part of the course and then return later to complete the remainder. We advise those interested to do so rather sooner than later as you do not want to rush the process at the last minute. Please click here to sign up for your passport now. Please note: If you have any unfinished modules currently in progress please finish them ASAP as the World Rugby Passport site will be moving to a new working platform on the 3rd of May 2021. If you are interested in signing up for the next upcoming course or any future courses please click here.

Tuesday 4 May 2021 will see another online workshop for our clubs with a continuation of the previous successful Media, Marketing, and Sponsorship sessions. The session will now look closer at the concept of club media creation and delivery. This session will be open to our MMS members and all club delegates and is particularly important to ensure our clubs keep driving content that can entice sponsors and drive membership.


First Friendlies on the cards, University Clubs keep shining and Clubs driving Women’s Rugby

This week saw another milestone for WP Club Rugby as we saw our first club rugby friendly since lockdown, we keep shining in the Varsity Cup and Varsity Shield and preparation for the Women’s Rugby Inter-Provincial championships continues amongst the many other current WP Rugby campaigns.

FNB CPUT has now scored three victories and remains unbeaten in the Varsity Shield after beating FNB DUT 109-6 in their most recent match this Sunday at the TUKS fields in Johannesburg. We are now firmly in first place on the log with the next match for FNB CPUT against FNB TUT at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria on Tuesday.

In the Varsity Cup FNB UWC face the MWU Eagles, FNB UCT is up against FNB UFS Shimlas and FNB Maties take on FNB TUKS on Thursday 22 April 2021.

After more than a year of lockdown regulations in place, this past Friday saw our first club rugby friendly take place as the Durbanville RFC u20’s took on Maties U20’s at the Durbell Sports Grounds. The fact that we are now at this stage where our clubs can play once again is testimony to the hard work our clubs have put in to ensure they have met all the COVID regulations.

This weekend saw sixty members of our DHL WP Rugby Women’s squad in action at the trials held at the HPC in Bellville on Saturday. The squad played a number of twenty-minute chukkas under the supervision of senior management and has now been trimmed to forty-four.  After more than a month of preparation, we are happy to see the high standard of our Women players. The squad will go into a camp at the end of the month in final preparation first match in the Inter Provincials against the Boland Women’s Rugby side at City Park on 8 May 2021.

The focus on the development of Women’s Rugby continues and we are seeing several clubs now joining the campaign to support women’s rugby. This coming weekend will see False Bay RFC host a rugby workshop for girls where the local women and girls players will have an opportunity to rub shoulders with some of the national players. These initiatives are commended as we see our clubs actively recruiting women’s players to sign up at their respective clubs.

All clubs are reminded that we remain committed to our fifty per club campaign and that an active champion is required at your club. By ensuring we have active women structures at our clubs we are opening the door for women and girls who wish to play or participate in rugby at local clubs. To sign up as the Women’s Rugby representative at your club please click here.

This weekend sees us host our second  World Rugby Level 2 Fifteens course and yet another Boksmart course for referees. Both courses are now sold out and we’re thrilled to see the enthusiasm for increased education from our clubs and coaches. Future coaching course dates will be announced shortly. In the meantime, anyone wishing to stay informed of our coaching courses may add their name to our coaching information mailing list by clicking here.

Our DHL Stormers side will get the Rainbow Cup started this weekend as we host the Cell C Sharks in the opening match at the Cape Town Stadium this Friday, 23 April 2021. Our next match will be against the Bulls on 1 May 2021, also at the Cape Town Stadium before we travel to Johannesburg to face the Emirates Lions In Johannesburg.

The DHL Stormers will wear the striking new BLK jerseys marking the beginning of an exciting new era for the team and their Faithful supporters at their new home. You can order your own home or away DHL Stormers replica jersey from stormersshop.co.za or blksport.co.za today.

We are thrilled to see that a number of our clubs are busy with team building events and friendly fixtures, and by all accounts, the turn out for practise sessions has been increasing by the day. Each week that goes by sees more clubs that are allowed to commence with friendly fixtures added to the list. We do however remind our clubs that all COVID regulations on and off the field must remain in place and that friendly fixtures may only go ahead if authorised by the WPRFU. 


Universities in action, Club Friendlies on their way

The past few weeks have seen an enormous surge in club rugby activity and rugby spirit as we see our University sides continue to be successful at the Varsity Cup, our DHL Women’s Rugby squad preparing for trials and club rugby now allowed to return to play.

This past weekend saw victories for our University Clubs in the Varsity Cup with UCT scoring a 39-34 win over UJ, UWC beat the Madibaz 47-40 and Stellenbosch beating Wits 19 – 13 at the TUKS fields in Johannesburg. CPUT got their Varsity Shield campaign off to a good start with a solid 36-20 win over Fort Hare get at Loftus in Pretoria this Monday.

Following SA Rugby’s recent announcement that clubs may return to play we are happy to say that most of our clubs have reported an increase in member returns and continue to roll out the prescribed phased “return to play” approach.

To stay aligned and on top of all processes and procedures, last week saw us roll out our regional meetings with our clubs over two days at DHL Newlands where we engaged with our clubs on several matters including the return to play process and various discussions on the 2021 season. Currently, clubs can arrange friendlies amongst themselves according to the COVID regulations.

Although the SA Rugby announcement indicates that clubs may play from Monday 12 April 2021, we remind our clubs that that permission must be granted by the Union to proceed playing matches. Currently, we have close on forty clubs allowed to return to play by the end of April and just over sixty may return to play by the end of May. We commend our clubs for adhering to the phased regulations.

Following on the first successful high-performance coaching workshop presented by DHL Stormers coach Rito Hlungwane on the theory of attack and defence this coming Wednesday will see assistant coach Dawie Snyman present on the attacking rugby theory. Any coach who wishes to join the session should reach out to their club leadership for registration.

Our DHL WP Rugby Women’s Rugby squad will play their first trials at the HPC this coming Saturday as they prepare for the upcoming interprovincial league tournament with the first match scheduled against Boland Women’s Rugby on 8 May 2021. After a year of inactivity, we’re happy to say that the players are in good spirits, strong and fit.

It’s encouraging to see our senior women engage in our campaign to grow our women’s rugby structures. Our campaign to reach a five thousand women or girls membership target remains firmly in place and is gaining momentum as we see our clubs continue to signup women’s representative to champion the cause at their clubs. If you would like to sign as a women’s rugby representative can click here to sign up now.

The additional big news is of course on the school’s rugby front following the recent announcement that school contact sports may resume according to the COVID guidelines. Several schools have already scheduled fixtures.

We remind our members that although there is much excitement now for the “return to play” we must continue to follow all the health and safety protocols. All clubs have undergone a strict clearance process to be allowed to either return to training or play and these rules remain strictly in place for club administrators and players.

We urge all our members to help us keep the game of rugby intact by complying with the guidelines both on and off the field. Remember to wash your hands regularly, practice social distancing and always wear a mask.

This week sees the start of the holy month of Ramadaan and we wish all our Muslim members Ramadan Mubarak and to have a safe and blessed month.


More clubs ready and drive to “Grow Women’s Rugby” continues

The “Gees” of WP Rugby remains high as we see several milestones and high’s reached for school, club and professional rugby.

This past week has seen additional clubs get to the training field for the first time in more than twelve months and some clubs have now progressed into phase two of the “Return to Training” programme.

Next week will see us host our clubs in the regional forum meetings starting with Super League, A, B and C on Tuesday 6 April and then City, Southern, Northern, Paarl, Metro & Simonsberg region on 7 April 2021 in the Railway Mall at DHL Newlands.

The forum meetings will give our member clubs the opportunity to engage on Club Competition 2021, Return to Play – COVID-19 Protocols, Player Registrations’ Referee Recruitment, Lotto Applications and Workshops.

Over the past few days, we’ve been inundated with clubs sharing pictures of their sessions, meeting friends and getting their boots on. It’s fantastic to see our members in such good spirits and this is again emphasising the importance of club activities. This return has not only lifted the spirit of our players and administrators but has also begun to pique the interest of sponsors as we hear that many clubs have connected with protentional sponsors.

We commend those clubs that have ensured their sponsors have activation opportunities and encourage all clubs to ensure they give their full support to their MMS ( Media, Marketing and Sponsorship) representatives.

Last week saw the launch of our club leadership workshops with our first session focusing on “The Constitution”. The session saw just over thirty clubs attend and get some very important exposure on club constitutional matters. Key factors such as club constitution alignment with the WPRFU constitution and the importance of establishing policy and bye-laws at the club were discussed. The latter being particularly important for the day to day running of any club.

Next week 7 April 2021, sees the next club leadership workshop with a focus on “The Role of the Executive”. As most club rugby administrators are volunteers this session is particularly important to ensure that each person on the executive committee clearly understands the role they fulfil and the expectations of serving in that position. We encourage all clubs to make every effort to sign up as soon as possible. Club Executive Committee members can sign up here.

Women’s rugby continues to grow, and this is our aim. We have set a goal that by the end of 2021 we will have registered five thousand women or girls interested in rugby via the club structures. This process has already unfolded as the clubs have begun appointing their Women’s Rugby Club Representatives who will then link up with the MMS reps at each club to help with the recruitment process.

This number might sound high, but we are working on the principle that each club need only sign up fifty women or girls to reach our first target. It’s equally important that all clubs commit to the process and understand that this drive is not immediately related to rolling out teams and playing in leagues, although that is a long term goal. Any women that would like to join any club as the club Women’s Rugby Champion can sign up here.

This past weekend saw several coaches complete the World Rugby Level 2 coaching course over two days at the HPC in Bellville. The course took on a new dimension this year with a higher focus on the practical component and the assessment of the practical component. This bodes well for future assessments as we continue to empower our coaches and drive for rugby excellence.

Our next course is the World Rugby Level 1 Fifteens course on 9 April 2021. This course is exclusively for Women. Any Women wishing to sign up for this course can click here.

Members wishing to sign up for the World Rugby Level 1 Sevens Rugby course on 16 April 2021 can click here to sign up now.