Kempies old boy Kwagga Loubser will be the new face in the Menlopark rugby department very soon.
The experienced Rugby Director and Head of marketing has built a solid reputation during two spells at Kempton Park and one at EG Jansen sandwiched in-between.
Loubser is the only schoolboy rugby head coach in Noordvaal history to have won a gold medal for in both 15-man and Sevens rugby codes. Amongst his many career highlights are Kempton Park’s remarkable Beeldtrofee for Macro Schools title in 2012 and guiding the school to two national Sevens Champions League finals tournaments. He is also the founder of the Noordvaal Sevens Bondedag which started in 2017. He is a top administrator but perhaps his best quality is he is known to be very good at working with kids.
With the Parkies losing big name coaches in Reghardt Botha (EG Jansen Director of Sport and possible Rugby Head Coach) and Wynand Moolman (Monument Director: Rugby, Marketing and Recruitment) in very quick succession, the arrival of Loubser is a huge confidence boost that will calm the nerves of many at Atterbury Road and alleviate concerns that Menlo’s rugby was heading for troublesome times.
Loubser will be joined by Braam Pretorius, who currently works at little private school Maragon in Mooikloof. Maragon competes in the Virsekerbeker Division 4 and their 1st XV made it as far as the quarterfinal in 2018. Pretorius has however had a taste of the big times in the past while working at Waterkloof and he is currently the Bulls u18 Craven Week backline coach.
There is no doubt that the new arrivals will feel the pressure from day one as rugby expectations are very high. Menlopark has acquired a wonderful talent pool of promising rugby boys but face a twofold challenge now. Firstly to retain their top players in the face of what appears to be ever increasing interest from rival schools who want to lure them away. Secondly translating the successes achieved at junior age-group level into something substantial at 1st XV level, a task that Menlo just does not seem to have been able to master in the past.