African Bank eSports challenge for clubs and Women’s coaching rolls on

The spirits are certainly high at WP Rugby after this weekend’s excellent performance from our DHL Stormers side, the launch of the African Bank eSports challenge for our clubs and our coaching courses gaining momentum.

After our win over the Toyota Cheetahs in the  Vodacom Super Rugby unlocked competition at DHL Newlands we now lie second on the log with one match remaining. This coming weekend now sees the DHL Stormers travel to Durban to face the Cell Sharks on Saturday. The team on the top of the log after this weekend will be crowned as champions of the Vodacom Super Rugby unlocked competition.

The Currie Cup will start the weekend after on 27 November with our DHL WP Rugby sides first match against the Vodacom Blue Bulls back at DHL Newlands.

On the WP Club Rugby front, we remain hard at work to get our clubs back to training as soon as possible. This has involved our COVID education process which sees our clubs learning about COVID compliance and the various regulations regarding return to training. One of the primary components being the appointment of the COVID19 compliance officers.

Staying on the club rugby front we’re excited to announce the African Bank eSports challenge for WP Club Rugby. The challenge will see a re-enactment of our 2020 league fixtures as we had initially planned for the year, except it now unfolds in the digital arena.

Over the next few weeks, our clubs will have an opportunity to enrol one player to represent their team on a Playstation console at DHL Newlands. This is very exciting for us as we see a new dimension of competitive action for our structures. The event will roll out in a format similar to our Score WP Club Rugby sevens tournament which normally sees several teams playing across several weeks on multiple fields, only now the events are played on a Playstation console as opposed to a physical field location.

Each week will see different leagues with multiple teams participating to go through to the next rounds with fixtures, logs and results information, all forming part of the excitement through to early next year.

Next week sees us begin testing at the high performance for our u20 players at the HPC for our students who are currently at university as we prepare for the new SA Rugby u20, which starts in February next year.

Last week saw us testing our u20’s who are currently finishing matric. Once this is completed we will have the university players back twice per week as we then move to physical training preparation for the competition.

Our WP Rugby women’s coaching course which is exclusively open for women as part of the Women’s rugby development programme is gaining momentum as we see a tremendous increase in awareness for the programme.

Anyone wishing to attend the “Women Only” high-performance coaches development program must complete the application form using this link and send it to Nazeem Adams  Potential candidates must send in a CV on institution letterhead and must do the world rugby passport and covid awareness online course

Club coaches wishing to do their World Rugby level 1 and 2 and S&C courses must please email Nazeem Adams Coaches are reminded to complete their World Rugby passport and the Covid awareness programme by visiting the World Rugby website before applying.

It’s important to note that these courses can be completed over a period of time and that the course is in an open-book format. This then gives you time to read the information before answering the questions, then come back to the questions to complete later if you need.

Our WP Rugby Media, Marketing and Sponsorship course continues to excite our participants as we see our clubs already offering new contributions during their attendance. During the course, the attendees are advised to survey their club to better understand their audience as they build their supporter’s club model. Your contribution to the survey will be greatly appreciated. Please click here to help out by completing the survey.

Women’s Rugby coaching ready to go and Clubs almost back to training.

There is a tremendous amount of “gees” in the WP Club Rugby circles as we engage on the various methods of return to training and we pick up speed on our coaching courses including our Women’s Rugby High-performance coaching development program.

This week saw us meet with our various leagues again to discuss the return to training options as per the COVID 19 regulations. This is not an easy process, but compliance and the health and safety of our members will always be our top priority. Although our meetings have included a lot of discussion on the way forward it’s been great to see our colleagues face to face and see the passion our members have for WP Club Rugby.

SA Rugby and government regulations require that each club must have a compliance officer in place and as such we have embarked on our COVID-19 awareness and education process. One of the first components of this process is the completion of the free COVID-19 awareness certificate from World Rugby. We understand that documentation is a major factor for return to training and as such we are constructing various online solutions which will help the clubs to get their players back on the park in a safe manner.

With these elements in place, we should see our players training on the field in an isolated manner with masks and sanitisation protocols in place.

Now that the SA Rugby u21 format has changed to u20 we move our attention to preparation and planning for 2021 for our juniors that have come through the ranks, As of next week coach Jerome Paarwater will begin benchmark testing at the High-Performance centre. Players will receive programmes relating to strength and conditioning applicable to home-based preparation. We are very happy to see that several of these players come from our club rugby ranks and have already gained some experience playing in the U21 championships.

This week sees us start our World Rugby Fifteens Level 1 coaching course at DHL Newlands with our next course on 20 November. The deadline for the course is 13 November. We will host the S&C (Strength and Conditioning course on 13 November. All application should be sent to Nazeem Adams on

We are working hard on the roll-out of our WP Women’s Rugby High-Performance Coaches Development Program. The program will run for a three-year cycle aiming to capacitate female talent in rugby coaching from beginner school and club rugby coaches to elite school, club, junior and senior provincial coaches.

Schools and universities with women rugby teams and senior women’s rugby clubs are invited to nominate potential persons to participate in the program by 16 November 2020.  Anyone wishing to attend the “Women only” course MUST complete the application form on this link and send it to Nazeem Adams on before the due date.

This week also saw the announcement of the Carling Black Label Currie Cup sponsorship and the fixtures for the tournament which starts on 27 November and runs to 23 January 2020. Our DHL WP Rugby first fixture is on 28 November at DHL Newlands when we face the Vodacom Bulls. Fans will find it interesting that there is, in fact, a groundbreaking fixture in that we will be playing at DHL Newlands on Christmas day and again on 2 January 2020, on the day commonly referred to as “tweede nuwe jaar”.

Club Rugby “return to training” planning moving forward

This past week has been another exciting week for the WPRFU as our DHL Stormers had a successful trip to Nelspruit and our clubs are excited about the possible return to training.

Last week Wednesday saw our DHL Stormers fly to Johannesburg followed by a five-hour bus trip to Nelspruit to take on the Phakisa Pumas in the Vodacom Super Rugby unlocked competition. Although we had some setbacks during the week our team defied the odds with a 28 point unanswered scoring spree to win 42-37 over a very spirited Phakisa Pumas side in very humid conditions.

This result places us third on the log with a match in hand.  We now travel to Loftus Versfeld to take on the  Vodacom Bulls on Saturday. This North vs South clash has traditionally been one of South Africa’s biggest derbies  and we wish Coach John Dobson and his team the best of luck.

On the club rugby front, this week has seen us engage an extra gear as we began the preparation for WP club rugby return to training.  This comes after SA Rugby announced a fortnight ago that clubs could return to training under the required guidelines.

Although there are many factors to consider and several regulations that clubs need to comply with the primary factor is the appointment of a club compliance officer. Each club is required to have an approved compliance officer in place who will take responsibility for the facility and player welfare.

This week saw us begin weekly workshops on COVID compliance and various regulations we require to be in place before a club may return to training. These regulations amongst others include pre-training screening, sanitization and record keeping.

In addition to the education on club health and safety, we will also assist our clubs with the administration of the process through the use of various online forms and database tools. Our next workshop will take place on Tuesday, 3 November 2020 in the Railway Mall from 18h30 at DHL Newlands.

Coaches and compliance officers are reminded to do the World Rugby online COVID awareness certificate. Please click here for the link.

Our focus on coaching remains in effect as we will now rollout coaching courses specific to women. These courses will run in addition to the courses we are about to host under the guidance of our head of coaching education Nazeem Adams. The deadline for coach Nazeem’s first course being World Rugby level one is 30 October, with the first course set for next week 6 November 2020. Here is the link Please send your registration queries to Nazeem Adams on

These women’s rugby level one courses which are dedicated to women coaches will start on 5 December as we look to contribute to the acceleration of the global development of women’s rugby. This will help us fast track women’s coaches and the growth of women’s rugby at club level.

Last year saw us with eight women rugby club structures and each year sees us look to clubs to apply for women teams. Towards the end of November, we will host a meeting to promote additional women’s teams at clubs.

Currently, the minimum requirements for a women’s team at club level is thirty-five women players above the age of eighteen. We urge women who wish to start playing rugby and join a club to get in touch with us at the WPRFU so that we may put you in touch with a club near you.

In addition to these exciting initiatives, our DHL WP Rugby women’s squad of approximately forty players will shortly begin training once per week. These training sessions will be held by DHL WP Rugby women’s team strength and conditioning coach Migiel Coetzee under the guidance of head coach Laurian Johannes Haupt. Laurian is off course currently doing national duty with the SA Rugby women’s team.

On a slightly more social note, we wish to notify our members of the Legend Runner event taking place in Paarl on 6-8 November. This event is a fun obstacle race which takes place in the heart of Paarl with a choice of 6km or 12km obstacle trail course along the Berg River and Arboretum. For every entry we will receive a revenue return from the event. Please visit Legend Runner to sign up and use the code “WPRUGBY“.

Forum workshops carry on and coaching courses start soon

In addition to the big news that SA Rugby has approved the return to training for amateur rugby under strict conditions the past few days has certainly been good for WP Rugby. We saw televised action from DHL Newlands with the DHL Stormers against the Emirates Lions and our DHL WP Rugby U21 side came away with a solid result in the SA Rugby U21 championships.

Coach John Dobson took his DHL Stormers side to a hard-fought 23-17 win over the Emirates Lions in the Vodacom Super Rugby unlocked competition at DHL Newlands. This result places us third on the log with a game in hand. We now travel to Nelspruit where we take on the Phakisa Pumas on Friday.

Our DHL WP Rugby U21 side, under the guidance of coach Jerome Paarwater scored a 47-28 point win over the Toyota Free State U21 side at Emirates Airlines Park on Sunday afternoon. The win includes a bonus point and keeps us in the hunt for the SA Rugby U21 Championship final.

Other great news is that two of our DHL Stormers players Pieter-Steph du Toit and Seabelo Senatla are up for World Rugby awards as players of the last decade. Pieter was named World Rugby Player of the Year after the Boks won the Rugby World Cup in Japan last year and Seabelo is one of three BlitzBok players to have been crowned World Rugby Sevens Player of the Year in the last decade.

You can vote for the best Springbok and Blitzbok players in the World Rugby Awards Special Edition by selecting the best players and tries of the decade (2010-19).

On the club rugby front, SA Rugby announced last week the return to training but no play for amateur rugby has been approved under special conditions for 2020. We will now await the “Integrated Return to Training” framework and a set of guidelines which will be circulated to all teams wishing to return to training. These will include: signing indemnification and declaration of health forms; the appointment of a compliance officer; registration of all players, officials and staff on a club database; screening and education of players, officials and staff; cleaning and sanitation of training venues, apparel and facilities; and to ensure no spectators are permitted at training or matches.

Advice on the resumption of competitive play at the community level will be confirmed in due course. Player welfare remains our primary co

ncern and clubs are reminded that there may be absolutely no organised WP Club Rugby training until further notification and express approval from the WPRFU.

Clubs are reminded that COVID compliance officers are required and should do the World Rugby COVID awareness online certificate ASAP. Please check your email for correspondence from the office to supply the details of your club compliance officer.

This week saw the final session of module 2 for the Media, Marketing and Sponsorship workshop which concentrates on media and content in the build-up to the sponsorship module which starts next week.

Our forum workshops continue next week at DHL Newlands for the Super League Clubs on Tue 27 October and the Regional Leagues on Wednesday, 28 October in the Railway Mall at 18:30. These workshops will focus heavily on COVID awareness and compliance.

We again remind our clubs of the deadline for The World Rugby level 1 coaching course. The deadline is 30 October and the first course is on 6 November. By then you must have registered and completed your online test   Including the Rugby Ready, Laws of the game, First Aid in rugby, Concussion General courses as well as the COVID-19 certification course. Here is the link Please send your registration queries to Nazeem Adams on

Our members are reminded to enter the competition to win a signed DHL Stormers Rugby Ball and go in the draw to win a Signed DHL Stormers Jersey. The process is very easy, sign up for any of the African Bank services by simply sending the word “Hi” to 060 094 2028 on WhatsApp. Follow the prompts and then choose the number “1” for WP Rugby.

DHL Stormers at Newlands, U21’s in action and FIFA 20 #3teams1city challenge has reached the play-off stage

It’s another big week for WP Rugby as we host the Emirates Lions at DHL Newlands this Saturday and our DHL WP Rugby u21 side continues their campaign in the SA Rugby u21 championships.

The DHL Stormers will face the Emirates Lions in the Vodacom Super Rugby unlocked competition on Saturday under the guidance of Head Coach John Dobson. John has picked a 47 man squad which includes nine Springboks for the campaign. The format for the competition sees each team play seven matches in a single round with the winner being the team with the most log points when the competition is concluded in Durban on 17 November. Our next home fixture is against the Toyota Cheetahs on 14 November.

The initial plan to have our U21 side stay in Johannesburg for the duration of the SA Rugby tournament has now changed and sees the team fly up just prior to each fixture.  Our boys took on the Cell C u21 Sharks this week and although things did not go their way they keep making us proud. Our next fixture will be against the Toyota Cheetahs u21 side on 18th October. All SA Rugby U21 Championship matches will be streamed live on DSTV Now channel 245.

As we know the impact of COVID-19 has been devastating. Recent government protocols have seen some sport codes return to play only with a specifically approved return to play plan. One common element for the sport codes has been the inclusion of compliance officers for sports events and venues. The future of sport will most likely see that coaches and administrators have to complete a COVID awareness course. We strongly recommend all our coaches and administrators complete the world rugby COVID awareness course in preparation for any future rugby activity. World Rugby has been proactive to create an online course free for you. Here is the link for coaches

The FIFA 20 #3teams1city challenge has reached the play-off stage, with qualifiers from the DHL Stormers e-sports challenge up against their counterparts from the Cape Cobras and Cape Town City FC in the semi-finals. DHL Stormer’s qualifier Zuhayr Abrahams will go up against a Cape Town City FC qualifier, while in the Xbox semi-final DHL Stormers qualifier Deevak Dhanjee will face a Cape Cobras qualifier.

Our members are reminded that the first World Rugby Referees Level 1 course is pending with the dates to be announced shortly.  Applicants are required to complete the pre-requisite courses on the World Rugby website, these are 1. Rugby Ready, 2. Introduction to Rugby Refereeing, 3.Laws of the Game and 4. COVID19 Return to Play. Once the course is completed a certificate is generated, this certificate needs to be sent to the

The World Rugby level 1 coaching course will be held on 6 November at DHL Newlands, the closing date for applications is 30 October. All candidates must be over the age of 18 and by then have registered themselves and completed their online test   Including the Rugby Ready, Laws of the game, First Aid in rugby, Concussion General courses as well as the COVID-19 certification course. Here is the link 

Please complete this process as soon as possible, as you don’t want to leave this too late. The deadline for the level 2 course is 13 November, with the course being held on 20 November. Also at DHL Newlands. Please email Nazeem Adams to play now on

This week sees us presenting our Media, Marketing and Sponsorship course to the Northern and Southern League with the focus still on Media and Content. This module looks at the various media platforms at your disposal and the types of content to use on these platforms.

Understanding your audience, and the content they enjoy consuming is vital to increase your member’s base, keep your fans happy and attract sponsors. To help the MMS attendees, we are running a short survey until the end of October. Please complete this survey to help them with their planning for your club. 

Our members are reminded of the fantastic benefits with African Bank and to enter the competition to win a signed DHL Stormers Rugby Ball and go in the draw to win a Signed DHL Stormers Jersey. The process is very easy, sign up for any of the African Bank services by sending the word “Hi” to 060 094 2028 on WhatsApp.

DHL Newlands busy, referee and coaching courses ready

The rugby “gees” is certainly back in Western Province, our DHL Stormers got their Super Rugby campaign off to a good start with their win over the Emirates Lions and our DHL WP u21 side got their campaign started this weekend.

In addition to the rugby action, we’ve also been very busy preparing the DHL Newlands stadium for the string of matches to be played here over the next few months. With COVID regulations in place match day compliance and preparation has taken on a whole new meaning.

Over the past few months, we’ve carefully managed our players to make sure of their safety and compliance as per the return to play guidelines and of late we’re also tasked with preparing the stadium. This includes venue sanitization and screening the attendees for each event. These attendees are limited to players, management and media.

This past Saturday saw us open the door for SA Rugby as DHL Newlands hosted the Green vs Gold match which saw a number of our Springboks in action.

Our DHL Stormers team will face the Emirates Lions at DHL Newlands on 17 October and we’re happy to note the number of players and management from our WP Club Rugby structures. New to the management team this year is forwards coach Rito Hlongwane who has not only played for Western Province but also coached at clubs such as Primrose and Villagers while Labeeb Levy has been instrumental at club rugby over many years including SK Walmers and Collegians.

Our DHL WP Rugby u21 which features ten WP Club Rugby players departed for Johannesburg this past Saturday to face The Vodacom Blue Bulls u21 side in the opening match of the SA Rugby u21 tournament on Sunday. Our players are ecstatic to be in the tournament as for many this is their final season u21. We now have a bye this week and the remainder of our fixtures are, Mon 12 Oct (Sharks), Fri 16 Oct (Free State) and Thur 20 Oct (Lions) with the semi-finals and finals on the 25th and 30th of October respectively.

DHL Newlands last week saw the start of our regional forum meetings to inform and assess the needs of clubs and plot the way forward. Although we await further announcements from government and SA Rugby we continue to look at the impact of COVID-19 on club rugby and the health and safety protocols going forward. These sessions are designed to have engagements between all stakeholders.

WP Rugby Coaching education manager Nazeem Adams this week announced the dates for the prospective coaching courses, starting on 6 November at Newlands for Clubs and Schools coaches. Courses include Fifteens level 1 and 2, Sevens Level 1 and Strength and Conditioning Level 1 and 2. For a full list of dates and deadlines please click here

Coaching applicants must be over 18 and have completed the World Rugby online passport and have completed the online tests which include Rugby Ready, Laws of the game, First Aid in Rugby and Concussion General. Here is the link. Prospective coaches are also required to complete the online COVID-19 certificate before attending the course. Here is the link to do the COVID 19 – Return to Play Awareness for Coaches & Players certificate

We’ve now moved into the second module of our Media, Marketing and Sponsorship course with several attendees from Super League A and B in attendance last week. This week we again work with Super League C and the City League. The second module takes a look at content marketing and the best media platforms to use at your club while making sure that you understand your target market. These components are particularly important for any club to gain membership and secure sponsorship.

One vital component for any club media and sponsorship manager is the need to understand their audience and as such they are required to survey their club audience. This helps understand the type of content our fans and members enjoy engaging with and the best way to reach them at the right time and place. You can help us by completing this short survey. The survey will run for the month of October and will then be provided to the MMS teams at each club. Please click here to do the survey now

Our WP Rugby referees society on Saturday teamed up with the Siya Kolisi foundation at City Park to drive awareness for referees and also build on their campaign to help their members.

Our members are reminded that the tentative date for the start of the World Rugby Referees Level 1 course is 17 October 2020. Applicants must please complete the pre-requisite courses in preparation of the World Rugby Level 1 course on the World Rugby website, the courses are 1. Rugby Ready, 2. Introduction to Rugby Refereeing, 3.Laws of the Game and 4. COVID19 Return to Play. Here is the link for the COVID 19 – Return to Play Awareness for Administrators. Once the course is completed a certificate is generated, this certificate needs to be sent to  Here is the link to the Rugby Ready course

Pro Rugby is back, Coaching courses to start soon

It’s all systems go for our professional players as the DHL Stormers went into their first match since the lockdown began and our WP Rugby u21 side prepares for their first match.

The DHL Stormers took on the Lions in the Super Fan challenge at Emirates Park in Johannesburg this past Saturday, with no less than eight Springboks in our line up. Considering that we’ve been out of action for more than six months and playing at altitude we played fantastic rugby and walked away with a 34-21 victory.

DHL Newlands will be the venue for the Springbok Showdown in a Best of the Best match next week 3 October. The tournament will take a draft format with players picked on the day to play in a Green vs Gold match.

Coach Jerome Paarwater and his thirty-five man WP Rugby u21 side held their first practice match in chukker format at the HPC in Bellville last Friday.  The session played in rather wet weather saw the team prepare for the SA Rugby u21 national tournament which sees us start against the Bulls at Emirates Park in Johannesburg on Sunday 4 October.

The u21 tournament will see all teams play each other once, with two matches taking place every four days. The remainder of our fixtures is Thur 8 Oct (bye), Mon 12 Oct (Sharks), Fri 16 Oct (Free State) and Thur 20 Oct (Lions) with the semi-finals and finals on the 25th and 30th of October respectively.

With the change in lockdown levels and the fact that it was Heritage Day this week a number of our clubs took the opportunity to Braai with their members and extended this to their outreach projects, in some cases clubs such as Titans RFC giving away boerewors rolls in their neighbourhoods.

Heritage day also saw some of our clubs provide their facilities to practise the Jerusalema line dance and we look forward to seeing the videos.

It’s fantastic to see that even though there are no fixtures our clubs remain active and are constantly engaging their members. Some clubs such as Vineyards RFC have taken the opportunity to engage with their youth structures to show the value of club rugby and the role they play in the club. This is particularly important for us as we value the need to build our youth structures.

From a facilities point of view, we expect many clubs will look very good next year. While some clubs such as Uni-Mil RFC and Eersterivier RFC have been painting and renovating others such as Young Wesleys RFC and Hamiltons RFC  have been busy with field preparations including levelling, removing thorns and reseeding.

Our WP Rugby referees last week went on a charity drive in collaboration with the Chester Williams foundation and referees from Boland. The event saw the referee’s cycle through Paarl and Wellington to deliver gifts as part of their outreach project and raise awareness for the referee’s society. You can see the video here

This week saw the conclusion of module one of the Media, Marketing and Sponsorship workshop. Each attendee is sent the module notes and their assessment forms. The course rolls out over four modules and will see several WP Club Rugby members certified as MMS team members who will then have a good knowledge of building the club value proposition and hopefully gain sponsorship for their club.

Our next wave of coaching courses being Level 1, Fifteens, Sevens and Strength and Conditioning will start in early November and prospective coaches are reminded to get their coaching passport up to date as soon as possible. The coaching passport essentially includes all the basics you need to cover before starting the course including Rugby Ready, Laws, First Aid and concussion. All these are free on the World Rugby website. Click here for the link. 

Coaching Course dates will be sent to all clubs and schools this coming week. All coaches should also do the World Rugby COVID certification course before they attend.

When you have concluded the online courses the site will automatically generate a certificate for you, which is required before your course. The certificate should be emailed to

Pro Rugby back – Workshops carry on

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Clubs stay busy and keep reaching out

Rugby remains inactive as per government regulation with only professional allowed to train, but our players are now at least able to do contact training and this has already made a tremendous positive difference both mentally and physically.

We still await further announcements from SA Rugby on the return to competition but our players are happy to be playing rugby again during training. This week saw our players take a break from training as we know that if the proposed plan gets the go-ahead it will be a very busy time until next January.

On the club front, our clubs continue to remain active on several fronts. As we have seen several of our clubs are still busy with outreach project as a manner of supporting their players or those in need in their areas. These projects include NGO partnerships, team initiative and individual initiatives.

Some examples include St Georges reaching out to close on five hundred people weekly, including a recent event for women’s day where their senior ladies and women’s staff received gifts chocolates and a card.

Eersterivier did a Sunday lunch at Kleinvlei together with their Women’s rugby team last week and Caledonian Roses has been reaching out to local schools with a focus on girls schools. Paarl Rangers and Vineyards have been busy with soup kitchens in the Paarl Region and Collegians has also been busy with soup kitchens to help more than one thousand people weekly.

Albions RFC juniors and seniors went to Rusthof home for the elderly in Paarl to support the residents by helping in the garden this past Sunday. This again showcasing the variety of incredible initiatives our members have.

For many of our clubs, these projects are not new and we commend everyone for their contribution as this truly showcases the true value of club rugby.

In addition to the outreach projects, it’s fantastic to see that some clubs have turned their attention to their facilities. These clubs have engaged their players, old boys and local fans to help and sees a wide variety of skills deployed by those that are so willing to commit their time and resources. In some cases, we’ve seen bricklaying, painting and fencing skills as well as individuals using their own vehicles to deliver sand, cement and other materials. We’ve also seen that some clubs have started slightly bigger construction such as levelling the surface of the playing field with a view to improving the grass layout. These efforts bode well for the facilities future and we look forward to our players return back to improved venues.

Some of our clubs have also begun club activity extensions outside of the immediate rugby activity but yet with a crossover in terms of training and additional benefits to their members. These include setting up functional outdoor gym facilities which can be constructed from basic materials.

With gyms and restaurants now allowed to operate under the regulated conditions, we also see some clubs opening their doors for business and although it’s not business, as usual, every bit helps.

Our players and clubs continue to engage outside of the training arena with many doing beach runs, mountain runs and even some cross-fit training.

Last week saw us conclude our second week of online media, sponsorship and marketing training with Super League C and the City League. The workshops have been enjoyed by all and there seems to be a real sense of value derived from the sessions. Each club has been asked to submit up to three members to fulfil the role at the club with a view to building the future of that club for a committed period. It was emphasised that dedicated individuals with a determined focus are required and that club management should fully support these individuals.

Contact training allowed – Ref recruitment drive on the go

The big news this week is SA Rugby’s announcement that franchise teams will resume full contact training as from next week. This is one step closer to match action, for which we hope to see an announcement soon. Our professional players have in the meantime stayed active with non-contact training. We await further announcements on return to competition.

Our clubs have begun the enrolment process for the forthcoming workshops which begins with the first module on 1 September. Super League A and B are first in the queue with four sessions spread over approximately four months. Each session happens online on Tuesdays from 7 pm to 8 pm.

The modules have deliberately been kept to only one hour to preserve data and allow for a more focussed approach. The modules are designed in such a manner that once the first module is completed the attendants can then return to their club structures to implement the learnings ready for the second module.

Each club can sign up to as many as three candidates from their club which allows for deeper education at club level and will see more members certified after completion. Much like we currently see coaches and referees certified by WP Rugby, this model now provides that candidates will in future be able to join other club structures as certified WP Rugby marketeers.

Our WP Rugby referee recruitment continues and clubs are reminded to nominate a minimum of two delegates to join the WP Rugby referees structures. There are currently two options, these being Standby Referees who will be available and appointed to their club’s home games and Active Referees which are registered members of the Western Province Rugby Referee Society (WPRRS) and graded according to their fitness and exam marks.

Applicants are reminded to complete the pre-requisite courses in preparation of the World Rugby Level 1 course on the World Rugby website, the courses are 1. Rugby Ready, 2. Introduction to Rugby Refereeing, 3.Laws of the Game and 4. COVID19 Return to Play. Once the course is completed a certificate is generated, this certificate needs to be sent to

The tentative dates for World Rugby Referees courses are as follows

  1. Level 1 course on 17 October 2020
  2. Level 1 course on 24 October 2020
  3. Level 1 course on 14 November 2020
  4. Level 1 course on 21 November 2020

Joining the referee’s structure is a fantastic way to serve your club and stay involved in the game of rugby. Candidates are required to complete the laws exam which is free on the world rugby website and thereafter the BokSmart programme.

Each course attendee receives a Video-based instructional set, together with a BokSmart Toolkit manual, which covers all the essential points on paper, and a Concussion guide, that would assist coaches and referees on-field to make appropriate decisions.

Coach Jerome Paarwater and his team this week had DHL Stormers forwards coach Rito Hlongwane present to our coaches on the WP Rugby 2.5 course with a big focus on ball contestation and next week sees the course focus on sports psychology.