" This young inexperienced team, the Western Vikings of Potchefstroom
Dorp Rugby Klub,caused more than one "upset" during the 2015 season.
The Bears went down in Potchefstroom 34-32 as leaders at the time in
the Protea competition. Next to follow was the visiting American
University of Beirut that was well beaten and wounded by the same team
going down 54-22 !.
Potchefstroom Dorp Rutgby Klub, being the first Union club in South
Africa to open the doors for Rutgby League, also accommodate the
provincial side, the Western Warthogs who narrowly lost in the
provincial semi final against the Panthers who later beat the Northern
Bulls to gain the Jan Prinslooi
Rugby League Provincial Cup. There is a lot to say about this young
inexperienced side. According to Oom Jan, chairman of Rugby League in
the North West, the team performed through a spirit of commitment,
dedication and to give it all and this without having a rugby league
" What is more is that the Luiperds Rugby Union took a stand and
encouraged union clubs to take hands with rugby league. This could
bring a new wind to rugby league, not only in the North West but to
the rest of South Africa" according to Oom jan.
The Lion tamers, Potchefstroom Dorp's Western Vikings with Wimpie
Jacobs (left front) Quintin Dreyer (middel coach) Dr. Jan Janse van
Rensburg (Chairman and Piet Jordaan.(team specialist adviser) The lady
in the middle is Beauty Jacobs, assistant physiotherapist.
The Jan Prinsloo Provincial Rugby League Cup now with the Panthers.
Oom Jan (right) and Fanie Bredenhann.
It is with great pleasure that the Board of the South African Rugby League announces that Brian Greige of Australia has been selected as National Coach for the Rhinos for 2015. He has just returned to Australia after a three months visit to South Africa where he was involved with the training of the Rhinos with great success. The aim is to make use of Brian’s expertise and knowledge to get the Rhinos well prepared to face Lebanon in 2015 for the World Cup qualifiers and then on to the World cup.
Brian will be returning to South Africa early in January 2015 where he will also be involved in the development of Junior Rugby League and assist in the development of University Rugby League Clubs.
We are looking forward to the return of Brian Greige to get the Rhinos with the assistance of Drikkies Mulder to professional standard.
We are looking forward to 2015 which promise to be a challenging year for SA Rugby League . We are planning on three test matches in 2015 before the qualifying game against Lebanon but are confident that with the coaching structures in place the Rhinos will be prepared.
President South African Rugby League.
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.
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.
The Rugby League International Federation, South African Rugby League and National Rugby League (Australia) have combined forces to send a NRL/RLIF Accredited coaching moderator to South Africa for a historic 3 month coaching development program.
Brian Greige has coached internationally in the USA and New Zealand, and has extensive experience delivering top level coaching programs in Australia for the NRL. The primary goal of his extended trip is to spend time with the various club and regional coaches, delivering a series of coaching development workshops. In addition Brian will be working closely with Fanie Bredenhann, SARL Director of Coaching, with the national team management and players to get the Rhino’s ready for next years World Cup Qualifier.
South Africa lost the bid to host the 2017 RLIF World Cup to a combined bid from Australia and New Zealand, but will be eager to make an impression on the world stage in 2017 as they will certainly bid for 2021 again. Kobus Botha, President of SARL, was very excited about the coaching development program: “The coaching development pathway is a program that SARL has been working on since last year, and the first phase was to sent some coaching and match official experts to South Africa last year. This year we see a continuation on the program, but with the difference that Brian will be able to spend considerabel time in South Africa at the various provinces.”
The trip has the support of sponsors from both Australia and South Africa, and locally Brian is sponsored a vehicle by Action Ford Krugersdorp, making the program so much more feasible.
Brian Griege from Australia (RLIF / NRL / Asian Pacific Conference) has been busy mentoring and coaching various clubs in Mpumalanga during the past 3 weeks.
During his stay - he will also be assisting the Coaches and Referees in Gauteng and Western Cape as well as assist the Rhinos Development with specific aim for next years WC Qualifiers.
Below are some snapshots of his visit to Mpumalanga Panthers region to date.