Paarl Gim head coach to miss 4 matches during 2017 season


10 Sat.20May Oakdale 31 27 Won Home
11 Sat.27May SACS 19 22 Lost Away
12 Sat.03Jun Bishops 44 24 Won Away
13 Sat.10Jun Boland Landbou 15 24 Lost Away

Press release from Paarl Gim in March 2017 re: Pieter Rossouw’s temporary consultancy agreement in Japan during the 2017 school rugby season

Paarl Gymnasium Director of Rugby and Head Coach, Pieter Rossouw has entered into a temporary consultancy agreement with a Japanese first division rugby team. The contract between the club and Rossouw has been structured to enable him to continue in his position as Director of Rugby at Paarl Gymnasium. Pieter will be with the Gym 1st team for its next 7 encounters (Affies, Garsfontein, EG Jansen, Paul Roos, Waterkloof, Grey Bloem and Rondebosch).

He will join the Japanese club middle May and will not be present at the games against Oakdale, SACS, Bishop and Landbou. Helmut Lehmann will take over the role of Head Coach for these 4 games.

Pieter’s arrangement with the club ends in June which means that he will be back to oversee the preparation and important matches against Wynberg and PBHS during the second half of the season.

Paarl Gym Head Master, Eddie Bateman, was relieved that Pieter was able to arrange his contract with Toshiba in a way that limits the period of his absence. “We are privileged to have someone of Pieter’s stature as our Director of Rugby. He has already made a significant contribution to our rugby and we are seeing the results of his good work in the way all our teams are playing. It is our intension to keep Pieter with us as long as possible and our willingness to allow Pieter to pursue this opportunity has enabled us to secure his services for the 2018 season.”



  1. Beet not sure what you are trying to say by including the results of the four games.I am sure that you are including them just as interest but it can also imply a message that these losses wouldn’t have occurred if he was there.Haven’t heard any Paarl Gim guys imply that Pieter Rossouw not being there had anything to do with these losses.
    The results might of been a bit unexpected but they not of a its never happened before type.

  2. @Veg: You’re 100% right. Without being on the ground in Gim, outsiders can’t really say what the feelings are now.

    The blog above was originally released in March, got lots of reads but no comments. This is just an of interest follow-up to show what happened during the 4 matches that he was away.

  3. Gim’s display was disappointing. I doubt if PR would have made a difference. Helmut Lehman wasn’t alone over the last 4 weeks. He was ably assisted by a previous coach in PR’s absence.


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