Denzil Watson and Gamiet Waggie from the Western Cape Rugby Rugby League Association did a development camp in previous disadvantaged area Khayelitsha. The day went of with great success and several youngsters were introduced to the game for the first time. Khayelitsha, and other areas similar to it, offers a golden opportunity for rugby league and the success of this day is testament to the hard work being done by the members of WPRLA. The Western Cape is a recent addition to the fold of SARL, and have been growing from strength to strength, and the Western Cape already hosted the Great Britain and Irish Academic Student Lions in October and will be hosting the British Community Lions this coming Friday, the 28th of November at Goodwood Rugby Stadium.
Dear Gents & Ladies
The following SARL members will represent the SARL Rhinos in 2 Tests against the incoming BCL –Touring Side. Oom Kobus have given permission for us to publishing the Team. Provincial Chairmen please take note of players selected in your district.
Congratulations to the members selected.
SARL RHINOS Vs BRITISH COMMUNITY LIONS
Botha,Theunis [Mpumalanga Panthers]
Langenhoven,Lee [Mpumalanga Panthers]
Botes,Ronald [Eastern Eagles]
Pretoruis,Hein [Northern Bulls]
Wells,Rupert [Northern Bulls]
Coetzer,Jean [North West Warthogs]
Van Lille,Carel [Northern Bulls]
Terblanch,Jaice [Mpumalanga Panthers]
De Jager,Pieter [Northern Bulls]
Van Der Walt,Tjaart [North West Warthogs]
Raubenheimer,Nardus [Northern Bulls]
Nel,Jean-Pierre [North West Warthogs]
Oosthuysen,Jeandi [Mpumalanga Panthers]
Erasmus,Ferdie [Eastern Eagles]
Hulbert,JP [Mpumalanga Panthers]
Burger,Wayne [Mpumalanga Panthers]
Joubert,Johan [Northern Bulls]
Herbst,Marius [Mpumalanga Panthers]
Rhodes,Theo [Eastern Eagles]
Viljoen,Marcelle [Eastern Eagles]
Van Der Merwe,Dries [Eastern Eagles]
Erasmus,Elardus [Mpumalanga Panthers]
Nelson,Christo [Mpumalanga Panthers]
Van Zyl,Steynberg [North West Warthogs]
Mpondo,Siviwe [North West Warthogs]
Van Deventer,Ian [Northern Bulls]
Coach - Hendrik Mulder
Ass- Coach - Nico Pretorius
Tech Coach - Brian Greige
Team Manager - John Oosthuysen
Trainer - Addie de Wit
Physio - Jana Oosthuizen
Medic - Trudie Vorster
Bag- Master - Frik V/d Merwe
South African Rugby League has been hard at work in the past few weeks, embarking on an ambitious project to start qualifying all club coaches up to international standards. Working with the NRL and the AsiaPacific Rugby League Association, a long term project was initiated and Brian Greige, an international coaching moderator, has been sent to South Africa for 3 months to run various clinics and development programs.
Brian has been to two of the strongest provinces already (Gauteng and Mpumalanga), and also spend a lot of time with the National Coaching Staff and the national team, The Rhinos. He has also been doing coach and match official training. The results of the training was evident this past weekend when the Panthers (Mpumalanga) met the Bulls (Gauteng) and the match was a thrilling encounter with the Panthers narrowly beating the Bulls in a game that saw the lead change more than 5 times.
Brian will now travel to Cape Town, and then back to the north of SA and spend additional time in the other provinces, as well as a few training camps with the Rhino’s to help them prepare for the upcoming test series against the British Community Lions.
Kobus Botha, president of SARL, was full of praise for the program: “It is imperative that SARL invests in its coaches, match officials and players through top level coaching. With the excellent support we have been getting from the AsiaPacific Rugby League Association and the RLIF, along with support from the NRL, we are now able to do just that. This extended coaching program is the start of a long term coaching and match official development initiative that we already see yielding positive results”
SARL and SARU had a landmark meeting where SARL was presented the opportunity to present their case for Association to SARU to the Executive Council of SARU and all the Presidents of the various provinces. This is part of the process for Association Status to SARU. SARL sits in the unique situation that clauses in the Articles of Association of SASCOC and SRSA, South Africa’s governing body for sport and it’s operational arm, prevents them from recognising SARL as a different governing body for sport. The only solution forward was for the two sporting codes to approach it from a different angle, and an Association Status is the only solution.
Both codes have been working hard at creating a memorandum of agreement for Association, and this will be presented to the SARU Executive Council at their December Annual General Meeting. Once this has been passed by majority vote, SARL will get automatic recognition as a sporting body within the structures of SASCOC and SRSA. This will enable SARL to have their players “capped” when representing South Africa, and also open the doors for development initiatives at grass roots levels.
Both parties are upbeat about the progress, and the willingness for the two sporting bodies to work together to reach a solution to ensure that players of all races, gender and age can be afford the opportunity to participate in a sport of their choosing and stand the chance to represent their country at international level.