South African Rugby League received a grant from the RLIF and APRL to send a SARL Match Official and a Coach to Australia to attend a Refereeing and Coaching course in Sydney. One of the biggest challenges in SARL is that we do not have the ability to certify our Match Officials and Coaches due to the fact that we do not have the funds available to accommodate a moderator from Europe or Australia to do the necessary accreditation.
With this opportunity to attend the courses in Australia we know that the two members will be successful and come back with the necessary accreditation to make sure that all our Coaches and Match officials in South Africa are on the same level and have the necessary certification.
The two members who will represent SARL in Sydney during the first week in May 2017 are Jean Coetzer (level one Coach) and Willie Fereira (Match Official spokesperson). We wish them the best of luck and we have faith that you will come home and with your knowledge gained contribute towards a more professional M/O and Coaches core.
The current management team of Wizards are determine to grow the game in the Cape. One of our strategies is to create pathways for young men to better themselves to transform our communities through LEAGUE, and counter the drug and gangster problem. Through my engagement on social media with Luke Garnett, the founder of Global Rugby League academy, we have decided to send 4 boys over to play and study abroad in the UK. We are cognisant this is a risk as we have not been over there but we have been tracking the progress on social media – and these boys have the resilience to survive anything
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It is with great pleasure that we announce that Johan Hatting has joined the management team of South African Rugby League. Johan has his own auditors firm in Pretoria an is prepared to take time of his busy schedule to assist SARL as Chief Financial Officer. The Board of SARL are exited to have Johan on board and wish him all the best in this position and we look forward to work as a team towards our common goal.
SARL have again been invited to participate in the 2018 Commonwealth Games – Festival for Rugby League that will be hosted in Australia.
The previous Commonwealth Games was held in 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland and an Under-19-side was send to present South Africa. The 2018 Commonwealth Games Federation have decided that the age-limit for this forthcoming Festival for Rugby League will be upgraded to Under-23 age-limit.
The Festival for Rugby League will be played on the Nines-concept whereby 9 players will take the field (similar to the 7s of Union Rugby) with 4 rolling interchanges.
The core SARL Tour Management Team have now been selected to start initial preparation for the Festival to take place on the 22 – 24 February 2018. Hosting venues on the Australian Gold Coast will be identified in due course by Rugby League International Federation (RLiF) and the Commonwealth Games Federation’s (CGF) Festival Committee.
The key objective for the tour management team in the preparation stage will be to-
SARL U/23 Touring Management Team:
SARL Representative Team
For enquiries, please contact-
2018 SARL Tour Coordinator
M: +27 (0)83 677 2111
The Mpumalanga Panthers has beaten the Northern Bulls in the Jan Prinsloo Cup Final on Saturday18-16.
This is the 2nd Consecutive year that the Panthers wins the Cup.
On Friday the 3rd of February 2017 Dr. Frans Erasmus,SARL Board Member and Frans Parsons, SARLA CEO had the privilege to meet with Mr. Farnaud the French ambassador in South Africa. The function was to promote France for the 2024 bid for the Olympics. The evening was based around a worldwide photography competition where all the winners were exhibited.
During this sport evening we had the opportunity to discuss rugby union as well as Rugby League with the ambassador. He is very keen on both codes and the forthcoming Springbok tour against France later this year sparked a conversation where the possibility for a league test series against France was discussed.
We planned this for 2018 and the ambassador will set up a meeting with us to introduce us to all the relevant role players. This was a great opportunity for SARLA. " It is imperative that we build relationships with foreign Embassy's in South Africa to enable SARL to develop the game in South Africa and assists with awareness of the code of Rugby League in South Africa Frans Parsons the CEO of SARL said."
The SARL board has granted its blessing to the Western Cape to form a Khoi Indigenous team, a first for South African sport. The Rugby League fraternity in the Western Cape recently met with the Koranna False Bay Council and South Africa’s very first Indigenous team was born.
The indigenous team will all be descendants of the Khoi (as per the current Government terminology, the current coloured people of Cape Town) who were the inhabitants of the Cape before the Europeans arrived on our Shores. The Khoisan people of the Northern Cape are descended from two different tribes. An amalgam of the original San hunter-gatherers and the later-arriving Khoi-Khoi, they the Khoisan culture lives on through some of the most compelling rock art on Earth.
What makes this unique, is that Rugby League has recognised that there are cultural differences within South Africa and is embracing it. “This will help us to understand each other, it must be seen as a celebration of the Khoi culture”, says Denzil Watson, Vice President of SARL.
The team will be launched on 4 March 2017, when the charges of Evan Geduld, Head Coach of the Indigenous team, will meet the South African Rugby League Sables in an unofficial test down in Cape Town. As per Mr Geduld, this will be an opportunity to grow the game amongst the Khoi community and he is looking forward to the match-up with experience boys from the North of the country.
Article by Denzil Watson
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Bears takes the 2016 troffee after a sucessful season under captain Marcelle Viljoen.
Bears against tuks at Grizzlies Pretoria
Half time - Bears 8 tuks 10
Full time - Bears 24 tuks 14
A big thank you to all our players, fans and supporters
The Bulls have announced their coaching staff for the upcoming season. Congrats to all - and good luck.