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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Universities in action, Club Friendlies on their way

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Club COVID certification continues and Club Leadership Webinar set to start

Good news this week includes the increase in clubs that are now COVID certified, clubs that have now moved into phase two and the continued roll-out of our workshops with our clubs and club coaches.

We now have in excess of sixty clubs certified to return to training and a number of these clubs are now into the second phase of the “return to training” programme. The first phase of four weeks stays focused on Strength and Conditioning and after completion, they may move to more physical contact training. We remind our clubs to persevere and ensure that all the return to training regulations are adhered to strictly. We understand that protocols take time and effort, but these protocols are very important for the safety of our members and the continuation of club rugby.

By now most of our clubs have settled into a rhythm in relation to the practical aspects, but we do advise our clubs, especially those that are recently certified to consider the time factor. Encourage your players to get to the field as early as possible as screening and record-keeping takes some time before they get their boots on.

This week Monday saw DHL Stormers forwards coach Rito Hlungwani give a remarkable workshop on high-performance coaching, with a focus on attack and lineout sessions to our club coaches. The session included exclusive behind the scenes

practice footage filmed on high-level cameras. The session was truly enlightening and clearly showed the advanced level our DHL Stormers and professional players train at and the detail involved in being a professional player.

We are very happy to say that our club players in the DHL WP Rugby u20 squad are exposed to the same level of High-Performance coaching which was on display in our workshop, as they prepare for this year’s u20 Currie Cup.

Our Universities have been training hard and are just about ready to play their first fixtures as the 2021 Varsity Cup starts on 4 April with UWC up against Shimlas and Maties against UCT. Both these fixtures will be played at the TUKS stadium. This is a first for us as we see both local sides play each other away from home in what would normally have been a local derby. CPUT will get their Varsity Shield ball rolling against Fort Hare at Loftus on 14 April 2021.

After four weeks of training our DHL WP Rugby Women’s Rugby team have moved into their next phase now including ball skills and drills. The squad of just over fifty women’s rugby players from several different clubs in Western Province is currently preparing for the Inter-Provincial Championships

This past Thursday saw our clubs attend our Lotto funding workshop as we prepare for the opening of the Lotto applications in April. Clubs should ensure that their documents such as constitution, financials, details of their Executive Committees and other paperwork are up to date.

We encourage all our club’s executive members to sign up for the online Club Leadership course which rolls out over the next six weeks starting this coming Wednesday 24 March 2021. The first session will focus on The Club constitution, the importance thereof, how to use the constitution, align the constitution and the amendment process. Additional topics include the policy guidelines process which goes hand in hand with the club constitution, strategy, and vision. The registration link can be obtained from the club secretary.

Club Rugby Women’s Rugby representatives get started.

This past week saw several forward moving positive steps including clubs back to training, successful coaching courses and the roll-out of the Women’s Rugby development programme for clubs.

After the call for clubs to nominate Women’s Rugby representatives from all clubs, we hosted our first Club Women’s Champion briefing on Wednesday evening. The online session saw an introduction to more than thirty club reps on the way forward at club level.

The need for this programme was identified after consideration of the need to grow Women’s Rugby at club level. This growth and opportunity model requires that all clubs should have a structure in place to support Women and Girls and with a local Women’s Rugby Champion in place to drive this growth and opportunity for Women and Girls in the area.

We envisage that this programme will allow more Women and Girls to sign up at club level and more clubs with more club activities for Women and Girls in their areas. The greater the commitment the more Women players, managers, coaches and administrators will come through the ranks.

To support our clubs and to bring further awareness to this programme we will be hosting a monthly Women’s Rugby workshop on the first Wednesday of every month. These seminars will look at various ways to increase growth and participation with various experts in attendance. Clubs that still need to appoint a Women’s Rugby Representative can click here to nominate their champions.

This past week saw our DHL WP Rugby u20 squad return to training at the HPC. The squad which excludes the current Varsity Cup players will continue to prepare for the U20 Currie Cup.

Having completed and remained in a state of ready strength and conditioning the squad training includes ball skills. It might seem strange to refer to something as basic as ball skills being part of a training session, but we feel it’s important to highlight these milestones which have seen our members going through the various return to training phases.

Next week will see the roll-out of our Club Leadership series which will see our Members of our Club Rugby Executive Committees participate in various leadership workshops on a fortnightly basis. This series includes various components from the original “Clubwise” and elements such as Club Constitutions, Secretarial Skills, Financial Management, Communication, Meeting management and club policies.

As WP Rugby we feel these Club Leadership skills are vital for all generations of leadership as much of the regulations on sport has changed in the past few years and we must remain current and align to these national sports models.

This week we roll out our Lotto Funding workshop to our club members. It’s vital that our clubs attend this workshop in order to best understand the Lotto application process. Clubs should understand the paper trail and various requirements and that external club funding is vital at all times. Clubs can nominate a delegate to attend the Lotto funding workshop by clicking this link. 

This past weekend saw us complete yet another World Rugby Level 1 for Fifteens course at DHL Newlands with several coaches now qualified to coach rugby at a higher level. We’re thrilled about this uptake and the additional demand to enter the coaching programmes.

This Wednesday sees more than sixty WP Rugby Coaches join our High Performance for coaches workshop with DHL Stormers forward coach Rito Hlungwani invited to look at Attacking and Defence Line-out Theory. Coaches who would still like to sign up can click here.

Following the High-Performance coaching course, our next course will be the Level 1 Strength and Conditioning Course this coming Friday. This course is now fully booked, but we’ll keep you updated as to the next S&C course. To do this course you simply need an active interest in Strength and Conditioning for Rugby. Please don’t forget, as with all World Rugby courses you are required to complete the World Rugby online Covid-19 certification course for coaches before attending.

Clubs to enroll Women’s Rugby reps and High Performance Coaching set to roll out

This past week has been yet another successful week for interaction, training and education for our WP Rugby structures including our Women’s Rugby programmes.

This week saw us roll out the opportunity for clubs to nominate a representative for Women’s Rugby from their respective clubs. At WP Rugby we will continue to drive the development of Women’s Rugby in line with World Rugby and SA Rugby.

We understand that to grow any structure, you need dedicated individuals at dedicated structures. This allows for a focussed approach and better support model, and as such we have created the opportunity to enrol club Women’s Rugby “Champions”.  We will help these “Champions” with recruitment and education at their clubs with a view to significant growth in opportunity for Women and Girls, and we continue to urge our clubs to support the process.

This week also saw further training for our DHL WP Women’s Rugby Squad at the HPC in Bellville. Although training is happening under COVID regulations the spirit is high amongst the players as they continue to drive their team spirit and prepare for future tournaments including the prospect of the National Team selection.

We have now concluded our first series of forum meetings with our clubs. These engagements saw good interaction and suggestions on various matters such as the league format, return to training regulations and return to play but with the majority of queries stemming from the impact that COVID has had on all roll out and planning. These discussions and suggestions have now been summarised and sent to our clubs.

This week also saw the conclusion of our Media, Marketing and Sponsorship Workshops and now all that remains for these students is to conclude their course assessments before we adjudicate. Successful students will be invited to DHL Newlands for a certificate and T-Shirt handover.

We trust that the MMS course will lead to a significant increase in club sponsorship and the overall awareness or WP Club Rugby. We remind our clubs to give the MMS teams their full support as they will ultimately be the individuals that will be seeking sponsorship and raising awareness for your club. This should lead to an increase in membership and fans for your club which then bodes well for increasing your value proposition.

Our course online registration process has been rolling on steadily and already we are seeing a tremendous increase in numbers. This week includes the WP Rugby Referees course and World Rugby Level One Fifteens course with the next on 13 March 2021. Please click here to sign up now

This coming week on 15 March 2021 will see us host a High Performance for Coaches online workshop on Attack and Defence lineout theory.

Many of our clubs are now into the first phase of the eight-week COVID return to training (RTT) phase. This phase only starts after the initial COVID clearance from the WPRFU. As was emphasised in our COVID readiness workshop clubs are reminded to adhere strictly to the regulations and that can be absolutely no shortcut to the second phase.

Coaching registration open, Women’s Rugby focus and Education rolls on

This past week saw yet another big week for WP Rugby as a number of clubs returned to training, the start of our online education series, our Women’s Rugby return and our DHL Stormers side making their debut at the Cape Town Stadium.

Our club rugby coaches and COVID compliance officers took to the online arena as we presented a comprehensive online briefing on COVID-19 and return to training. The course saw in excess of seventy-five club rugby members discuss various matters of return to training according to the SA Rugby guidelines and WPRFU requirements.

Even though the practical return to training can seem somewhat daunting it’s been impressive to see how well how clubs have been dealing with the process and doing so in a very serious disciplined manner. Some of our clubs have not only been practising the pre-training compliance but also filming and broadcasting their sessions via social media platforms. These initiatives go a long way in educating fellow clubs and bringing further awareness to the health and safety requirements.

The week saw a start to the online registration for our World Rugby courses with our next course for World Rugby Fifteens Level One scheduled for 6 March 2021. 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.

Last week saw the ball start rolling with more than fifty members of our DHL WP Rugby Women’s squad in attendance at DHL Newlands with a briefing from our National Women’s Rugby team Coach Stanley Raubenheimer. The session was thoroughly enjoyed as he gave a detailed explanation of the national team goals. We look forward to supporting our Women’s Rugby squad members to give them every opportunity to stay on the national radar.

This coming week sees the resurgence of our Media, Marketing and Sponsorship courses as we host a catch-up course for those that might have missed a module last year. Upon completion, the successful candidates will receive a certificate of completion from the WPRFU and a custom-designed T-Shirt courtesy of CTC Sports.

The T-Shirt design choice saw a collaborative effort between MMS candidates who were given a choice of four different options. We will showcase the design to you shortly. By all accounts and considering the choices made through the voting platform our MMS members are looking for a vibrant and dynamic set of apparel.

Our DHL Stormers embarked on a new era this weekend and played their first match at the Cape Town Stadium.  The match was a preparation match against the Toyota Cheetahs with Chris van Zyl leading the charge as Captain.

The season ahead will see teams from eight local unions each play four matches – two at home and two away to meet the teams’ high-performance needs against the landscape of the COVID-19 pandemic with each team playing over a ten-day cycle.

Although there is much excitement in the rugby ranks with the return to training activities, we remind our members that the COVID pandemic is still a threat and we need to do everything in our power to guard against the spread of the virus.

It’s crucial that all clubs and participants adhere fully to the return to training regulations and continue to follow the national health and safety guidelines including social distancing, washing your hands regularly and always wearing a mask.