WP Club Rugby into final league stages, great success for juniors and Women’s clubs league ready

Western Province rugby is brimming with pride as we saw a significant amount of success for our junior boys and girls and our clubs continue to show the passion of Western Province Club Rugby.

Our DHL WP Rugby Craven week side went unbeaten at the SA Rugby U-18 Craven week held in Cape Town last week with our boys beating the Blue Bulls 29-17 in the final match. On the u18 front we see five WP Rugby players selected for the SA Schools side who will now play their first match in Cape Town this weekend.

This success at the Craven week comes on the back of the Grant Khomo week in Kimberly and the SA Rugby girls week in Welkom, both of which events saw a tremendous amount of success for our juniors, including our U18 girls winning the girls week.

Next week 23 July 2022 will see the start of our WP Club Rugby Women’s Rugby league which will see a number of clubs with women’s sides in the competition. After the recent string of women’s rugby activities such as the Women’s rugby festivals and the success of our juniors as well as the continuation of our High-Performance coaching courses for women, this is an exciting time for WP Women’s rugby.

Additional Women’s rugby excitement is also on the cards for our selected YTC U20 Women’s players who completed their trails at City Park this past Wednesday and now begin preparations for the SA Rugby YTC games set to play out from 5-7 August 2022.

On the senior front, it’s all systems go again as we see our U21 and URC squads return to training at the HPC in Bellville. Next week Wednesday sees the DHL WP Rugby U21 squad gather in preparation for the SA Rugby U21 Currie Cup which starts on 20 August 2022 to end October 2022 while our DHL Stormers also gather on the same day in preparation for the Heineken Cup.

Our WP Club Rugby season is now heading well into the business end of the league with every match now vital as teams scramble for the top six and some seek to avoid relegation.

Last weekend saw Gordons Bay Pioneers beat Fisantekraal to win the Metro League, and this weekend saw victory for Hamediehs over Masipumelele to win the City League. This then concluded the final matches of the regional teams while the Paarl Region continues to play in their second round with the home and away format.

Next week will see the annual WP Club Rugby Top 9 draw to determine the home games for the top 9 competition which sees the top three from the City, Southern and Northern leagues go head to head.

This year also sees an exciting tournament for our Metro league teams who will face the teams who finished between positions four and nine in the regional leagues and will now play out in a second-round competition.

Our World Rugby level two coaching course was presented at the HPC in Bellville this weekend with our next course being the World Rugby level one coaching course scheduled for 29 July 2022. All these courses will be held at the High-performance centre in Bellville and the signup deadline is one week prior to the course. Participants should remember to complete their World Rugby passport in advance ( Click here ). If you are interested in doing this course please click here to sign up now.

In the event that you are interested in coaching, but perhaps not quite ready to register now we have an additional mailing list for you to subscribe to which sees us send our general coaching notifications.

Western Province Rugby smiling on all levels

The past week has been filled with good news from all our Western Province Rugby structures ranging across our clubs, juniors, schools, women, and senior rugby structures.

Last weekend’s crowd at the DHL Stadium once again showed that DHL Western Province Rugby is truly back as the DHL Stormers took on and beat Ulster in the URC semi-final. This result sees the DHL Stormers in the first-ever Vodacom United Rugby Championship Grand Final this Saturday against the Vodacom Bulls at the DHL Stadium. Achieving a home final at this level is a fantastic achievement for our team including the fact that we have now seen a number of players come through the Currie Cup ranks into the squad. Kick-off 19:30 with tickets available on www.ticketpro.co.za.

Western Province rugby fans and members will also be happy to know that nine DHL Stormers players including a number of former Western Province players have been selected for the Springbok squad for the upcoming international season.  The Boks will kick off their 2022 season with three Tests against Wales in the Castle Lager Incoming Series starting in July.

Last Friday saw more opportunity for DHL WP Rugby exposure as our DHL WP Rugby Currie Cup squad took on the Cell C Sharks at the Craven Stadium in Stellenbosch. The team put in a fantastic performance in a tough Carling Currie Cup match that went down to the wire and our boys eventually taking the win 28-21.

Our WP Rugby girls u16 and u8 players are in preparation for the upcoming SA Rugby Girls National week which starts in Welkom on 26 June 2022. This Monday saw our squad of thirty-two girls go to final trials at City Park and the final team was selected this week.

We’re also happy to announce that twelve of our young ladies have secured their positions in the Western Cape u15 team which will be participating in the National School Sports Championships from 11 July 2022.

This Thursday is the continuation of our girl’s rugby festival at City Park on 16 June 2022 and also sees the celebration of Youth Day together with the rest of South Africa. WP Rugby fans can also look out for the start of the WP Women’s Rugby league as we get started on 2 July 2022. This is very exciting for our club structures who have worked so hard to contribute to the growth of Women’s rugby in Western Province.

On the junior boys front, we’re excited to say that our WP Rugby Craven week squads preparation has been going well as the teams prepare for the Craven week starting in Cape Town from 4 July 2022.

Additionally, we are thrilled to announce that we have had eleven DHL Western Province players selected for the Junior Springboks squad for the Under-20 Six Nations Summer Series in Italy, six of who have already experienced the Vodacom United Rugby Championships. The Junior Springboks will depart for Italy in the next two weeks where they will compete against the Six Nations sides and Georgia.

This past weekend saw just over eighty WP Club Rugby fixtures across all the leagues with just over ninety fixtures coming up this weekend.  Many clubs have now passed the halfway mark in their respective leagues. Already we are seeing a slight shift in the conversation as we now see clubs talking about how to avoid the relegation zones.

Our members are reminded of the various coaching courses on offer with our next World Rugby Level One Fifteens course on 1 July 2022, Level two starts on 15 July 2022, and Level one Sevens coaching course on 5 Aug 2022. All these courses will be held at the High-performance centre in Bellville and the signup deadline is one week prior to the course. Participants should remember to complete their World Rugby passport in advance ( Click here ). If you are interested in doing this course please click here to sign up now.

In the event that you are interested in coaching, but perhaps not quite ready to register now we have an additional mailing for you to subscribe to which sees us send our general coaching notifications. 

WP Club Rugby in full swing and major boost for WP Women’s Rugby

WP Club Rugby is in good spirits with rugby back as we are now a third of the way through most of the leagues, our Women’s rugby continues to gain momentum and coaches education is set for the remainder of the year.

Our DHL WP Rugby Women’s team got a tremendous boost this week with the confirmation that the Tsebo and Thorburn Group has come on board as an associate sponsor. Tsebo is a multinational corporation that includes Tsebo Catering and Thorburn Specialized services.

This partnership will now see special catering services for the squad when they train at the WP Rugby High-Performance Centre in Bellville. The partnership highlights our commitment to the development of Western Province Women’s rugby and falls in line with the High-Performance requirements of athletes who play at this level.

This Friday saw our DHL WP Rugby Women’s Rugby side take on The Blue Bulls Women’s Rugby winning 45-10 at Loftus Versfeld in the SA Rugby Women’s Premier division.

Last Saturday saw the continuation of our women’s rugby festival with nine clubs going head-to-head across the four pools. The festival follows on from the last round played at Hamilton’s rugby club on 30 April 2022. Blue Jets, False Bay, and Brackenfell completed the day unbeaten.

With more than eighty WP Club Rugby fixtures across all our leagues in action and again with a number of derbies. Some of our teams have now played their first match of the season and are still brushing some of the cobwebs off while others are now into full swing.

In Super League, A False Bay, Uni Mil, and UCT currently have a 100% success record, while in Super League B only Helderberg is unbeaten after six rounds and two games in hand. Super League B is proving to be as competitive as predicted as Hands and Heart regained the top spot over Belhar. A number of clubs including SK Walmers, Primrose, and Collegians got their first league matches underway since 2019.

Also now getting their season underway in Super League C were Strand United and Rangers in their respective matches against Kylemore and Morning Star. Rangers got off to a good start with a 27 -24 win over Morning Star while Stand United went down to Kylemore.

This weekend will see a big clash in the Helderberg region as Super League C log leaders Strand and Macassar go head-to-head. Both teams will be fired up for this match and full of confidence after their respective wins over Blue Jets and CPUT last week.

In a typical derby match, Hamediehs welcomed Violets back to the league at Chukker Rd last weekend with Referee David Patterson presiding and Hamediehs winning 11-3.

Back at it for the first time since before lockdown was Titans who took on Rocklands in the Southern league while Lagunya bounced back against first-timers Thistles. The Northern league sees Van der Stel Evergreens unbeaten so far and increasing their lead with their nearest rivals Young Wesley’s in second followed by neighbours Blakes.

This weekend will see a big clash as the two leaders go head-to-head with Van der Stell Evergreens having home ground advantage. After six matches Paarl Rangers are unbeaten in the Paarl region with Lower Paarl in second place.

Good news for our WP Club Rugby members is the release of the next round of coaching course dates. Our next open World Rugby Level One Fifteens course is on 1 July 2022, Level two starts on 15 July 2022, and Level one Sevens coaching course on 5 Aug 2022. All these courses will be held at the High-performance centre in Bellville and the signup deadline is one week prior to the course. Participants should remember to complete their World Rugby passport in advance ( Click here ). If you are interested in doing this course please click here to sign up now.

Women’s rugby festivities and clubs get ready for next round

The past week saw another great week for Western Province Rugby with more highlights for Women’s rugby, our Women’s Rugby festival, Super League clubs back in action, and our Senior rugby flags flying high.

This past weekend saw the return to action for our DHL Western Province Rugby Women’s side as we took on the Sharks Women’s Rugby side in Durban and in doing so saw our first win for the season in the SA Rugby Women’s Premier League. The return comes after many months of preparation and lots of work from Western Province Rugby.

Our focus on Women’s Rugby remains in place with our High-Performance Coaching exclusively for Women together with various events focused on Women’s Rugby to continue the growth of women’s rugby in Western Province.

This Saturday saw just over one hundred and fifty ladies from twelve of our Women’s Rugby club sides in action at the Women’s Rugby festival at City Park. Starting the first match at noon the teams were split into four groups in a tens format.

The competition played out in a similar manner to our sevens rugby formats. The plate semi-finals saw Gordons Pioneers up against Dolphins, and Kuilsriver against Tygerberg. The cup semi-finals eventually contested between Maties who took on Brackenfell and Blue Jets against Busy Bees. The cup final match ended up with Brackenfell against Blue Jets and the spoils going to Brackenfell 22-7.

Our next Women’s Rugby festival now takes place at the Hamilton’s Rugby fields this coming weekend where we will also see our DHL WP Rugby Women’s side take on Boland in the SA Rugby Premier division. For added value, all the players have been invited to watch the DHL Stormers take on Leinster in the Vodacom United Rugby Championship at the DHL Stadium. The DHL Stormers match kicks off at 18:15 Tickets are on sale from the Ticketpro website or any Spar or Engen from just R50. CLICK HERE to book your ticket now.

Continuing the support for our Women’s rugby side last week so the handover of rugby boots to the ladies courtesy of BLK and Umbro.

After ten weeks of FNB Varsity Cup matches, we now see the finals taking place at Danie Craven Stadium in Stellenbosch this Monday between Stellenbosch and TUKS. We wish them the best of luck as we aim for yet another Varsity Cup title.

This past weekend so many of our clubs returned to action after the Easter weekend with wins for Stellenbosch, Brackenfell UWC, and UCT in Super League A. In Super League B Helderberg, Hands and Heart, Belhar and Scottsdene walked away with victories, while it was a draw in the derby match between St Georges and All Saints. Albions, Kraaifontein, Maccasar, Strand, and CPUT walked away with the bragging rights in Super League C.

This coming Friday sees our next World Rugby level one coaching course take place at Newlands. This course is ideal for club coaches and includes identifying positions, methods of scoring, attack, and defense. Additional elements include skills, planning, management, and laws of the game.

Participants should remember to complete their World Rugby passport in advance ( Click here ). If you are interested in doing this course please click here to sign up now.

We remind our clubs to ensure they have nominated members from their club structures to sign up for the referee’s structures as we look to support our clubs with additional officials and excellent administration.

WP Club Rugby back in action

After almost two years our WP Club Rugby structures have resumed action and the spirits are high whilst our senior teams continue to fly the flag high for Western Province Rugby and our coaching education continues.

After more than two years of no league rugby, our WP Rugby clubs are now firmly back in action. This past weekend saw just over fifty clubs in action in round two of the 2022 season. Although most of the clubs already showed their intentions during the pre-season friendlies and two matches in most leagues is not much to go by, many clubs are making their voices heard. In Super League A Maties, False Bay, Uni-Mil and Durbell are the current front runners while in Super League B it’s Young Ideas and Helderberg unbeaten, and Super League C Macassar is two for two with Albions and Raithby Universals not far behind.

As before there is a strong possibility that Super League B will again be the league with the narrowest margins. Considering this league always includes two former Super League A clubs and two former Super League C clubs the logic points to it being a tough league. We do however expect the Paarl Region to be filled with derbies that can always go in any direction, and this year the newly formed Metro League will also see some new challenges.

This Monday saw Stellenbosch take on UWC in the FNB Varsity Cup in round nine. The match will be seen as a League fixture and gives UWC their first match in the league this year. UCT now faces Stellenbosch at the Green Mile in the semi-finals next week 18 April 2022 at 19:00

CPUT beat UKZN in round eight of the Varsity Shield this Thursday, thereby booking their place in the finals against UFH Blues in the FNB Varsity Shield scheduled for 21 April 2022 19:00 at the Davidson Sport Field in Alice.

This weekend sees our first break in the league fixtures due to the Easter weekend with most teams returning to action on 23 April 2022.

Next week Friday sees the closing date for our World Rugby Level 1 Fifteens coaching course to be held on 29 April 2019. We encourage all our members to get started and signup. Coaching rugby is a fantastic way to get involved in the world of rugby at Western Province. Click here to register now.

There is much excitement in our Women’s Rugby Senior team as the new IPL is set to get underway on 23 April 2022. The team will be looking to build from 2021 which not only saw a very successful league challenge but also the additional activities such as the sevens festivals and high-performance coaching. This coaching course is now into it’s second year and forms part of the strategy to grow women’s rugby.

Our WP Rugby u16 and u18 girls are also gearing up for their first matches this year when they get the ball rolling in the SA Rugby National week in June. This is certainly very exciting for them following the disappointment of missing out on the national summer games. Many of these girls will also be participating in our YTC girls rugby festival which happens at City Park on 27 April 2022.

WP Club Rugby Friendlies on the go

The past few weeks has seen a surge of WP Club Rugby excitement as we now see more club rugby friendlies in action, the knowledge that the league will start in April this year, action on the Women’s Rugby front, and our senior sides driving the hype with all teams now back in action.

As expected at this time of year pre-season friendlies are causing a lot of club rugby excitement and most clubs are treating these matches as preparation for the league and are already taking things quite seriously.

This past weekend saw just over fifty clubs take to the field including some with 2nd and u20 sides. As expected, a number of derbies players out and already a few tough head-to-head clashes. From a derby perspective, it’s reasonable to assume that most neighbouring matches are derbies. As derbies go Hands and Heart beat Scottsdene Central 36-5, Strand scored a 41-15 win over Maccassar, Vineyards beat Lower Paarl 24-17 and it was a close match between Franschoek and Young Peoples as Peoples scored a narrow 19-17 win.

There is now just over three weeks left to the official start of the WP Club Rugby season and clubs still have some time to play each other across the leagues. Meanwhile, we also saw some same league head to head clashes such as Tygerberg beat Kuilsriver 3-0, Hamiltons beat Brackenfell 29-5 and Uni Mil beat Villagers 45-10.

This is also the window period where we see some clubs arrange matches against clubs from our neighbouring unions Boland and SWD. These opportunities don’t come often and will certainly be limited as we head to the league start. This weekend saw Helderberg play George at Outeniqua park for some good experience winning 38-14. For a full list of results please click here

We have now concluded several sessions with our clubs across the various leagues. The engagement opportunity allowed for us to discuss the various elements of the season ahead. These sessions are particularly important to understand the complexities of fixture determination with regard to facilities and officials. One vital element discussed was the referees and all clubs have been asked to nominate up to three candidates for the WP Rugby World Rugby level one referee’s course at Newlands on 26 March 2022.

Our YTC u16 and u18 squads have been training hard as they prepare for their next big event being the Schools Rugby festival on 11 March 2022.

Our senior women’s rugby sides are back in action and have already picked up the momentum of their various successes over the past few years and are in preparation for the IPL which starts on 23 April 2022. It is evident that many of the players have been working hard behind the scenes with off-season gym programs.

Our Women’s rugby department met with our women’s rugby delegates last week and gauging by the discussions, WP Women’s rugby looks as exciting as always and we’ll build on the success of the past two years. Fans can expect various formats including sevens and tens rugby to help with the introduction to fifteens.

Our FNB Varsity Cup sides have now completed round four and this Monday saw UCT host UWC with a 51 – 26 win for UCT and 40-38 win for Stellenbosch against UJ at the Danie Craven Stadium. CPUT finally got their campaign off the ground with a 38-7 away win over FNB Rhodes in the FNB Varsity Shield on Friday.

This past weekend also saw a good result for our DHL WP Rugby u20 side who scored a dramatic 30-29 win over the Vodacom Bulls u20 side. We now travel to Emirates Park to face the Lions on Saturday.

The good news for DHL Stormers fans is that they can see the favourite team first hand as Tickets for the DHL Stormers’ Vodacom United Rugby Championship clash with Italian side Zebre Parma at the Danie Craven Stadium in Stellenbosch on Sunday, March 13 are available now from Webtickets.

Clubs getting ready for action and coaches courses rolling out. Rugby is back.

We are now just over a month into the new year and already we are seeing plenty of rugby movement in Western Province as our DHL WP Rugby seniors sides tackle the season circuits, our clubs gearing up for action, and our coaching courses have started rolling out.

Last week saw several of our clubs join us in a planning session at the Sport Science Institute in Newlands. The evening saw quite a bit of excitement from the club delegates as the opportunity not only allowed for engagement with our members but also allowed for some reunions as many had not seen each other face to face since lockdown. We will now continue towards preparing the start of the WP Club Rugby league season to start in April.

Most of our clubs have planned and are busy preparing for their friendly fixtures. It certainly seems clubs are raring to go as we see quite a few club’s calls to action on various social media platforms. It’s been very inspiring to see how many clubs have made digital posters indicating their friendly fixtures on social media.

Whilst many clubs are opening their doors, preparing facilities, and rolling out plans our university sides are preparing hard for the FNB Varsity Cup and Shield set to start on 14 February 2022 and 4 March 2022 respectively.

On the education side, we are looking forward to an exciting year of rugby education designed at building on our current coaching structures and introducing coaching to new members. As always, our coaching courses are supported via World Rugby and are designed to give you a qualification you can use on a global level.

Our next course now being the World Rugby level one Strength and Conditioning Course this Friday. Candidates are reminded to complete the online World Rugby passport in advance. For this and all other courses please click here to register now.

We strongly recommend members consider the Strength and Conditioning course and request that you share the information with your coaching staff and others who might be keen on learning more about rugby Strength and Conditioning. With the growth of management structures and the general need for fitness session at clubs this course puts all candidates in good stead to keep not only their players fit and in good condition, but also their club members, if they choose. Please click here to sign up now.

In the same breath, we’re excited about our WP Rugby 2.5 course which is designed to bridge the gap between world rugby levels one and two and will be targeted at our current coaches and our Women’s High-Performance Coaching program.

We anticipate many exciting new projects on the cards for this year with one of our major focal points being the resumption of the various portfolio representatives at our clubs. Initial plans indicate two of these being our Women’s representatives and MMS ( Media, Marketing and Sponsorship ) members at the clubs.

Building on the success of the growth of Women’s rugby we will continue to seek to grow women’s rugby at clubs. A large part of this will be the interaction between the club MMS members and the Women’s reps.

By using the skills our club MMS members have now learned we anticipate that our Women’s representatives can lean on the MMS squads for extra support to grow their databases.

One practical method we will be deploying to support our members will be using digital forms dedicated to each club. This format of digital data collection will see each club able to send messages to their members to help grow their database. We look forward to introducing this to our members shortly.

We will shortly meet with our club members again to discuss the season ahead and clubs are reminded to please send their list of friendlies to the WPRFU offices and that all friendly fixtures require approval from the WPRFU.

On the DHL WP Rugby front our DHL Stormers and DHL WP Rugby Currie Cup sides remain in action and have already started drawing the crowds to the DHL Stadium. This is very exciting for us as we now again see our DHL Faithfull able to see their favourite players up close and personal.

2021 a success on several levels with many highlights.

Although this year has been a very hard year for sport globally, we’re happy to say that as we look back, we again see that amongst several challenges WP Club Rugby again rose to the occasion.

The adjustments made and lessons learned in 2020 were carried over into 2021 and this saw us successfully engage our members in a manner that allowed us to continue adding value to the members and fans of Western Province club rugby.

The success and growth of our Women’s rugby was notable as our Women’s Rugby department managed to continue the training of our senior side at the high-performance center in Bellville early in the year. The initial squad of close on sixty women who all come from various clubs in Western Province was eventually trimmed and went on to go unbeaten to the finals of the interprovincial championships.

Our mission to grow Women’s Rugby reached further highs this year as we saw our High-Performance coaching for Women’s Rugby program continue throughout the year. Moving on from 2020 which saw several of our Women coaches embark on the World Rugby Level one coaching course, these same ladies ended this year by completing the World Rugby level two coaching course in December this year. This group will now undergo various practical applications as they are appointed to various clubs and regions and will also embark on the WP Rugby 2.5 course, which is designed to bridge the gap between the World Rugby level two and level three courses.

This year also saw more exposure for Women’s Rugby than ever before. The ladies were featured on TV weekly with match training and interviews as well as live broadcasts of all their matches. This added to the momentum of growth for women’s rugby at our clubs as we saw several of our clubs grow their women’s structures. Some of these clubs and regions then went on to debut in the Score WP Club Rugby sevens.

With plenty of work from our WP Women’s Rugby Collective, we saw just over one hundred and thirty ladies participating in the Heritage day festival at Newlands. This event came about after the YTC festival at City Park and saw a campaign driven by the Women’s Rugby collective to celebrate world literacy day by handing books out to various schools in the province supported by United Way and Pay it Forward.

Although the year saw no official league in play, many of our clubs still managed to play quite a bit of rugby as we saw several approved friendlies roll out having followed the various return to play protocols as per SA Rugby regulations.  This then continued during the year including a number of clubs managing to keep their members and communities engaged with weekly training sessions.

Having taken the technology lessons from last year and applied them again this year it was evident our clubs have embraced the concept of online communication. This allowed us to host several online courses and planning sessions for our members. These included a continuation of the Media, Marketing, and Sponsorship workshops and several club administration courses for club executive members.

The uptake of online activity saw many of our members engage in international courses as well as exclusive opportunities with various rugby experts on invite from SA Rugby. Additionally, our WP Rugby education department completed a number of World Rugby courses ranging from World Rugby level one and two, fifteens and sevens, strength and conditioning, and various referees courses.

Our junior rugby referees were another highlight as we saw close on fifty boys and girls complete their junior rugby referees and Boksmart programs at a special mid-week getaway amongst a number of other courses for juniors during the year.

There is no doubt the highlight of the year was the annual Score WP Club Rugby Sevens. Amongst the several challenges faced, our club rugby department and our clubs managed to group together with our sponsors and media partners and deliver yet another world-class event.

The Score WP Club Rugby Sevens rolled out with just under forty teams across three venues and saw the debut of our Women’s Rugby sevens teams. Again, we saw Score Energy Drinks and CTC Sports come to the table as each club was presented with their own unique individually designed jersey.

This year also saw another first for the Score WP Club Rugby Sevens as we delivered a multicast live TV broadcast from Newlands on the day with the matches broadcast live on Cape Rugby TV on Cape Town TV, DStv ch263, and live to the Cape Rugby TV YouTube channel and Facebook page. This five-hour broadcast allowed for our club rugby fans to see their favourite teams in action in the absence of spectatorship.

Additional highlights this year saw CPUT winning the FNB Varsity Shield and successful performances from Stellenbosch, UCT, and UWC in the FNB Varsity Cup. Our DHL WP Rugby u20 side had a remarkable season as they went unbeaten into the finals of the SA Rugby championships. Although it was not to be we delivered a number of junior boys and girls players into the Western Cape side for the annual SRSA summer games which was unfortunately canceled by SRSA.

The sporting landscape has certainly changed in the past two years but by all accounts, we have managed to adjust and reinvent to keep us on top of the game and stay connected with our members. We now look forward to next year as we draw strength from the successes we’ve had in 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.