Cape Town - SA Rugby hosted 140 Under-16 and Under-17 players at two
high performance training camps in the Western Cape, where they were coached on
and off the field about what it takes to advance through the national structures.
A total of 75 players, who had been identified by SA Rugby
at Under-15 level and had their progress on the field monitored, attended the
Under-16 camp at Paarl Gymnasium, while 65 players attended the Under-17 camp at
Hoërskool Hugenote in Wellington. Both camps were held last week during the
The purpose of the camps were to test the players in four
key areas - medical, nutrition, conditioning and skills - and to teach
them the key values required to become a professional player.
Other key focus areas at the camps was to educate the
players on SA Rugby’s coaching blueprint and the four pillars at the centre of
this blueprint - high-tempo rugby, continuity, scoring tries and having fun.
A total of 30 coaches from various schools were also invited
to the camps as part of the organisation’s coaching pathway.
“One of the biggest lessons the players took from the camps
was that they had to work on their character first and foremost to one day make
it at professional level,” said Jurie Roux, CEO of SA Rugby.
“Some of the core values we focused on off the field were
basics such as good manners, because there values are just as important as
doing things correctly on the field.“On the field,
meanwhile, the players know that a lot of hard work lies ahead for them advance
through SA Rugby’s playing structures, particularly in terms their conditioning
and fundamental skills. But that said, I am very positive about the talent on
offer at the camps and I believe SA Rugby has a bright future ahead.”