Cape Town - A new era has dawned for the Boland Rugby Union
(BRU), after the announcement of the Boland Cavaliers Currie Cup squad and coaching
staff for the 2016 season.
The announcements were made at Rugby Performance Centre in
Riebeek West on Wednesday, with BRU president Ivan Pekeur, BRU director of rugby
Alan Zondagh and Boland Cavaliers head coach Brent Janse van Rensburg in
The Rugby Performance Centre, a state of the art high
performance facility that was started by Zondagh in 2005, will serve as the
primary training headquarters of the Boland Rugby Union and the Boland
Cavaliers for the next three years.
The RPC will also be the new home of the Boland Rugby
Institute (formerly the BRU SARU Academy), as well as a training facility for
various Boland Rugby development programmes including, coaching clinics,
workshops and rugby camps.
Pekeur feels Boland Rugby is entering exciting times.
“In partnering with the Rugby Performance Centre and by
appointing Alan Zondagh as Boland’s new director of rugby, I don’t think we
could have asked for a better start to 2016. The facilities in Riebeek West are
world class and the quality of our new coaching staff makes me very excited for
the season that lies ahead,” said Pekeur.
According to Zondagh, the purpose of the RPC was to create a
professional, disciplined and scientific institution to prepare young talented
rugby players for the professional game.
“Mr Pekeur’s vision was for Boland Rugby to make a fresh
start in 2016, which is why the decision was made to use the RPC as the
headquarters and primary training facility for coaches and players of Boland
Rugby’s professional team, all provincial amateur teams, clubs, schools, as
well as development programmes.
“The RPC campus possesses all the facilities in order to
offer a professional and scientific service to the Boland Rugby Union.”
Newly appointed head coach of the Boland Cavaliers, Brent
Janse van Rensburg, also commented:
“Our immediate focus with the senior team has been firstly
to ensure that the operational infrastructure is developed and aligned for the
attainment of optimal efficiency, secondly for cultural development and lastly,
the initiation of our athletic development programme together with the
necessary supplementing medical support.
“The revival of Boland rugby will be undertaken with a
phased approach in mind and certainly is a process that will need to be seen
through from start to finish. A lot of work lies ahead, but I am confident that
if we remain steadfast in seeing the process through, that over time, a
difference can be made to get Boland back to winning ways.
“I look forward to the challenge, connecting with our
community as time progresses and I feel privileged to be able to contribute to
Janse van Rensburg will be assisted by the following coaches
Henley du Plessis (forwards coach)
Randall Modiba (defence coach)
South Steenkamp (technical and attack coach)
Nico de Villiers (strength and conditioning coach)
Jacques du Toit (biokineticist)
While retaining the services of a few seasoned campaigners
such as Danwel Demas, Hanno Kitshoff and Marnus Hugo, as well as investing in
players who were products of Boland Rugby’s Club Rugby and Academy structures
in recent years (including Jovelian de Koker, Chaney Willemse, Chadley Wenn and
Keenan Cronje, among others), Boland Rugby managed to select a promising squad
for the 2016 Currie Cup season.
New signings such as Theuns Kotze (Namibian international),
Shaun Adendorf (former SA Under-20 player) and Shaun McDonald (former Griquas
and EP Kings player) will add some valuable experience to the team this season.
Boland Cavaliers Currie Cup Squad 2016:
Sergio Torrens, Nico Scheepers
Tyrone Fortuin; Danwell Demas; Wesley Pindele; Charlie
Mayeza; Gerhard van Wyk
Robbie Louw; Edwin Sass; Christopher Bosch
Theuns Kotze; Adriaan Carelse
Jovelian de Koker; Marnus Hugo; Gerhard Jordaan
Wayne Wilschut; Ludio Williams; Shaun McDonald; Chaney
Willemse; Ferdi Horn; Gareth Cilliers; Shaun Adendorff; Keenan Cronje
Yves Bashiya; Johannes Kitshoff; Ockert van Zyl
Clemen Lewis; Chadley Wenn; Arno van Wyk; JC Genade
Basil Short; Linda Thwala; Enoch Mnyaka; SP Wessels
PLAYERS ON TRIAL:
Ryan Nell (Centre); Craig Pheiffer (Wing); Josh Pinn (Centre
/ Fullback), Myles Tucker (Lock).