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Western Province Rugby Institute players for 2013

4 February, 2013 beet 18

The Western Province Rugby Institute (WPRI) officially came into being in 2007. Its objective is to tap into the vast rugby talent pool that exists in the Western Cape and then to fill any positional gaps with players from outside the region. The Institute accepts that it is not the beginning point of rugby development (schools are), nor is it the end point, however what it has set out to achieve is use a one year programme to transform dedicated rugby players from “young boys into rugby playing men.” …

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Thank goodness! Affies vs Klofies is back

1 February, 2013 beet 5

There were a few years during which the two Pretoria powerhouse teams were not playing each other. Fortunately this period of “isolation” came to an end last year when the two schools squared off…

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The real Dale College head coach

31 January, 2013 beet 8

I have to extend a humble apology to coach Steve Turner, Dale supporters and other readers for misleading all with a blog that suggested Luke Smith is the new head coach at Dale.…

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New school scrum law Q&A with Boishaai’s technical guru

31 January, 2013 beet 8

Thanks to the efforts of BoishaaiPa and with the help of a few SBR bloggers who have a vested interest in what happens in the scrums, we were able to present Richard Visagie, the Paarl Boys High scrum guru with a handful of questions about the new school scrumming laws that will come into effect this season. Apart from playing over 100 games at hooker for Boland, Richard has over 30 years of school rugby coaching experience. Along the way he has coached the WP Craven Week team and is currently a WP school selector. He has been responsible for helping to shape the careers of a  number of good props (and hookers) over the years.…

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All eyes on Northwood at the Night Series

31 January, 2013 beet 28

Northwood is bound to draw the most attention from neutrals in attendance when the Damelin Night Series kicks off at Port Natal on 01 February 2013. The Durban North school would have stated their campaign to win back the floodlit rugby title they last held in 2011 as the clear-cut favourites, following months of hard work put in to assemble a team capable of challenging the very best that KwaZulu-Natal schoolboy rugby has to offer once the season proper starts in March.…

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Glenwood confirms the make up of their Night Series team

29 January, 2013 beet 24

Glenwood has confirmed that their Invitation XV team for the Damelin Night Series kicking off on Friday, 01 February 2013, will be a blend of their extended 2nd XV squad which includes loads of boys that played 4ths and 5ths rugby in 2012.…

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New Grey College Head hints at future fixture changes

28 January, 2013 beet 148

Deon Scheepers, the former Hilton teacher and 1st XV rugby coach for one season, is now firmly in the driving seat at Grey College, having taken over as headmaster from the legendary Johan Volsteedt. In a recent blog, Scheepers highlighted the importance of achieving a healthy balance between academics, culture and sport for boys at Grey.…

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Schools of the 2013 SA Super Rugby squad players

28 January, 2013 beet 71

Taking the South African Superugby wider squads for 2013 as they appear on Wikipedia, here is the long list of the 202 players with the schools that 197 of them attended. The 5 Kings foreigners are overlooked.…

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Varsity Cup Young Guns: UCT Trojans squad

25 January, 2013 beet 5

The UCT Trojans squad definitely gives the impressive they are students that can play rugby as opposed to the Maties and Tukkies who seem to be rugby players that know how to study. …

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Varsity Cup Young Guns: Tuks leaving ‘niks’ to chance

25 January, 2013 beet 26

The University of Pretoria (Tukkies) are the defending Varsity Cup Young Guns champions. With this year’s tournament about to kick-off, they have put themselves the best possible position to retain the under-20 title by naming a star-studded 57-man group. …

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Varsity Cup Young Guns: Maties squad

24 January, 2013 beet 8

When it comes to rugby, the University of Stellenbosch (Maties) has a long and proud history. They have produced 172 Springboks and 15 Springbok captains. To this day, their students form the nucleus of the Stormers, the Western Province senior and under-21 teams as well as the Vodacom Cup team.…