Retired Western Cape schoolboy rugby patron Tony Stoops has received an honorable mention by Stellenberg as the man who coined the term “Jade Brigade”.
Tony, a Bishops old boy and former school teacher, was also the co-founder of the recently renamed Tony Stoops Rugby Festival, which opened the door for many players at lesser known Cape schools to enjoy the experience of participating in a rugby festival. The festival now caters for other sports as well.
Tony said “I was there several times before I hit on the name. There is no story. I was just sitting with Duppie and the alliteration/assonance struck me out of the blue.” Duppie being Pierre Du Preez, the long-serving teacher, who is the Head of Rugby and serves as 1st XV manager.
Since the Stellenberg main rugby field still does not have a name, how about “Minkipark” in honour of the school’s most famous alumni Minki van der Westhuizen?