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Is the Bulls junior recruitment policy helping or hurting SA rugby?

23 Dec, 2012 beet 28

It’s fair to say that Heyneke Meyer has not enjoyed the best of seasons. Since taking over as Bok coach this year his reputation has taken a bit of a knock. He’s still held in high regard at Loftus though. Here his past successes as Blue Bulls coach put him in a position to influence how the Bulls go about their business both on and off the field of play to this day. Amongst his ideas implemented was an aggressive junior player recruitment model aimed at ensuring the Bulls remained South Africa’s most successful professional era team. …

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KZN coaches on new u14-u16 school scrumming laws

12 Dec, 2012 beet 7

In attempts to increase safety, SARU recently accepted proposed changes to school scrumming for the under-14, under-15 and under-16 age-groups. The main effect is that the hit on the engage has been eliminated. The term to describe the new form of engaging is “passive engagement”.…

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New SARU regulations bring an end to u16s playing 1st XV rugby

8 Dec, 2012 beet 21

ADDENDUM 1 of 2012:
SARU REGULATIONS FOR UNDER‐AGED RUGBY:
SCHOOL RUGBY AGE‐BANDING
The following document is an Addendum to the SARU Regulations for Under‐aged Rugby currently applicable to Adult rugby and are additional Regulations that apply to all School‐level Rugby played under the auspices of the South African Rugby Union, the South African Schools Rugby Executive, and the affiliated fourteen (14) Provincial Rugby Unions.…

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Easter Festivals and player safety

6 Dec, 2012 beet 13

Although I’m a big fan of school rugby Easter festivals, I’ve sometimes felt a little guilty that my entertainment is being provided at a higher than acceptable injury risk to the players participating. Squads are made up of 22 players, there is rotation and games at certain festivals are reduced from 70 to 60 minutes. Nevertheless the best team players are often required to play all three games over just five days. It’s the kind of big ask we would not dream of making of our modern top senior professionals.…

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Recruitment: What about the bursary money?

4 Dec, 2012 beet 188

This topic has come up in conversation with the staff from two schools that had each lost a star player this season. It revolved around the repayment of bursary money. There were different views offered by the staff on what should happen.…

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SA u18 water polo team struggles at world champs

2 Dec, 2012 beet 6

South Africans wanting to get an idea of how the standard of water polo played by schoolboys here compared to those of the world’s leading countries were in for an unpleasant surprise. This score-line might not tell the full truth but provides some perspective:  Croatia 25 South Africa 1.…

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Paarlbok wins EOYT Superbru

2 Dec, 2012 beet 10

A late charge by PaulRoosPa was not enough to stop Paarl Gim supporter PaarlBok from claiming the title. Paarlbok finished with a 78.95% accuracy rate and in 1152nd place overall (Top 3%). Well done Paarlbok! Enjoy the juice.…

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Final school cricket rankings for 2012

1 Dec, 2012 beet 4

Earlier this week the website www.saschoolsports.co.za published their final school cricket rankings for 2012. Wynberg tops the list. Their coach Eric Lefson was recently named as one of the five best school coaches in South Africa by SA Sports Illustrated magazine.…

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1st FINA Youth Water Polo Champs begins

1 Dec, 2012 beet 11

South Africa’s under-18 water polo team got off to a losing start in their Group B opener in Perth, Australia. They went down 4-11 to Columbia after leading 3-2 at the half time break. …

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SuperBru EOYT – weekend 4

29 Nov, 2012 beet 13

Once again it looks like the winner of this contest will be decided by the tight 5. Barring a miracle our winner should emerge from one of the current top five on the leaderboard.  Paarlbok, QC86, KlofiePa, Greenblooded and PaulRoosPa …

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IRB nominees for Player of the Year

28 Nov, 2012 beet 1

The International Rugby Board has announced the shortlist of nominees for the prestigious IRB Player of the Year 2012 Award. The less said about the list the better. Four players cracked the nod. They are three times winner Richie McCaw, 2005 winner Daniel Carter, Freddy Michalak and 21-year-old Owen Farrell.…

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IRB Rugby Trials & Law Amendments 2012 – what’s the verdict

26 Nov, 2012 beet 17

Well anyone who has followed the end of year Northern Hemisphere tour test matches has by now had a chance to see most of the new IRB stuff coming into play at some stage. During the Currie Cup in South Africa we had a taste of the extra TMO involvement and concussion bin. The big one on tour was always going to be the new scrum engage requirement. Let’s face it scrums this November have generally not been that pretty a sight…

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The best 5 SA school coaches includes 3 rugby mentors

25 Nov, 2012 beet 65

In the December issue of SA Sports Illustrated magazine coaches Sakkie van der Walt of Affies, Grant Griffy Griffiths of Dale and Barend Steyn of Kearsney are named along with a soccer and a cricket coach as the Five Best School Coaches in South Africa…

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Maritzburg College 150th Festival fixtures

20 Nov, 2012 beet 146

Maritzburg College is the oldest high school in KwaZulu-Natal and one of the oldest schools in South Africa. In 2013 the school turns 150 years old. An Easter rugby festival featuring well recognised rugby schools has been arranged as part of the 150th celebrations. …

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Kearsney Easter Rugby Festival (KERF) 2013 fixtures

20 Nov, 2012 beet 45

Kearsney’s sixth annual Easter rugby festival (KERF) will take place from Thursday 28 March to Monday 01 April 2013 on Botha’s Hill. The organisers have once again managed to assemble a top quality field including Grey College (Bloemfontein), Paarl Gymnasium and Paul Roos (Stellenbosch) who are regarded as three of the all-time best rugby schools in South Africa. In 2013 Boland Landbou (near Paarl), Framesby (Port Elizabeth) and Outeniqua (George) will make their debuts.…

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How many schoolboys will go on to become Springboks?

18 Nov, 2012 beet 14

Okay this is my new favourite example and is handy for anyone who wants to keep things simple. A bit of what I call FYUI – for your useless information.
We have about 100 or so top rugby schools in South Africa. Working on the assumption that two-thirds of the First XV are matrics and one-third grade-11 or lower, that gives 1000 players graduating high school every year. How many of those make it to play for the Boks one day?…

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C’mon Ref!

16 Nov, 2012 beet 140

Supporting one’s rugby team is a pastime filled emotion when done right. These outbursts are sometimes triggered by decisions made by the man in the middle. …