Former Bok in SARU role

2012-12-14 14:05

Johannesburg - Former Springbok prop Robbie Kempson has been appointed as one of the new provincial academy managers, SA Rugby Union (SARU) announced on Friday.

Among the staff named to manage the academies in Boland, South Western Districts, Eastern Province and Border were former Currie Cup coaches Deon Davids and Johann Lerm.

"The majority of the players in the academies will be black and coloured players," SARU chief executive Jurie Roux said in a statement.

The initiative will be funded by the National Lottery with the project receiving R35 million in its first year.

The academies are designed to develop more black and coloured Super Rugby and, potentially, Springbok players.

"We will identify the best young Under-15 to Under-18 schoolboy black talent in both traditional and non-traditional rugby schools and accelerate their development with specialist coaching and interventions, while fitting in with their school programme," Roux said.

"The academies are planned to capitalise on scientific research, which shows that rugby talent can first be identified with confidence at 15 years of age."

The academy managers and head coaches in each province had been involved in setting up the centres across the Cape.

Roux said a full-time residential academy system would be established in parallel for the best local Under-19 to Under-21 talent.

Seven full-time staff at each academy will provide coaching, education, medical and mentoring support.

The appointments are:

Boland: Academy manager: Barry McDonald; Head coach: Stanley Raubenheimer

Border: Academy manager: Zingi Hela; Head coach: JP Immelman

Eastern Province: Academy manager: Robbie Kempson; Head coach: To be confirmed

South Western District: Academy manager: Johann Lerm; Head coach: Deon Davids


  • John - 2012-12-14 14:13

    reason why New Zealand is strong is bacause of the Maori players if Soth Africa can tap into the vast black population then this could be a huge plus for them. To achieve the optimum from these players at the highest level they would need a kiwi coach that can teach these kids to play proper rugby not outdated tactics being applied by one current coach.....

      braam.groenewald.39 - 2012-12-14 14:42

      The big difference between the Maories and our blacks is that the Moaries want to play rugby and nothing else, unlike most black kids who mostly worry about soccer.

      John - 2012-12-14 18:16

      Jason i dont think the beast, Bobo, Mujati etc are what you call small guys there is over 5 million black zimbos that have moved to this country recently that can make a major impact in rugby in this country there is enough nigerians, congolease that are living in Sa that can also make a huge diference. Black folk like Habana Apion, Stick can still offer a lot in international rugby....there is just so much talent in this country not just the Afrikaner as you claim.....

      viva.lebok - 2012-12-14 20:03

      What a stupid comment. In that case why is rugby not dominated by the blacks and Maoris. Why is Fiji, Tonga or Samoa not the world champions.

      Carlton - 2012-12-14 22:18

      Viva you idiot do you know the racial make up of New Zealand Australia and England almost 90% yet they have more south sea isanders then then there are south sea Islanders in their countries. John next time be more subtle.

      viva.lebok - 2012-12-14 23:49

      Carton you're the FKing idiot, idiot. What does the racial make up of New Zealand, Australia and England got to do with my comments. In any case are you suggesting that there are more pacific islanders in England than in their own countries....If thats the case, I suggest you check you source of information IDIOT

      jason.becker.969 - 2012-12-15 15:24

      Lololol!!! John the majority of Nigerians, congonese, zimbos living in SA are illegal immigrants. Beside which the springboks are a SOUTH AFRICAN rugby team, it'd look pretty odd if it was full of players not actually BORN in South Africa. I mean heck why stop at Nigerians? What about the Moroccans, Ethiopians and somalis? I'm sure they'd like a go! Anyways stop looking at colour chap n just get behind the springboks....or if you're that hell bent on watching a sport that's dominated by black dudes there's always basket ball :)

      Jimmy NZ - 2012-12-15 15:53

      @Jason, too true mate...put all those foreign guys in a united rugby team, you may as well call them England :)

      jason.becker.969 - 2012-12-15 18:54

      Hahaha very true jimmy

      viva.lebok - 2012-12-16 19:55

      @ smart John: South Africa Soccer have the great resouces, financing plus millions of black players, yet Bafana Bafana are totally useless. Even with a Brasilian coach Bafana were still useless.

  • will.hodge.524 - 2012-12-14 14:41

    He's going to knock somebody out

  • bevan.buck - 2012-12-14 14:57

    Lets hope that Robbie does not revert to type and bl*ksem these guys

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