YTC Festival, coaching courses and u20 success

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Women’s Collective, Schools smiling club activities continue

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Clubs and Schools allowed to train and Women start first collective

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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.