Rugby academy set for E Cape

2011-11-16 17:57

Cape Town - A dedicated rugby academy is to be established in the Eastern Cape within the near future, it emerged on Wednesday.

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"In the next coming weeks, we are going to make a big announcement with rugby in terms of an academy in the Eastern Cape," Sport and Recreation Minister Fikile Mbalula told journalists at Parliament.

Funds for the project were available and sponsorship had already been secured, he said.

The academy would be in the Eastern Cape because that was where black Africans played rugby en masse.

Most of the country's top black rugby players originated from the Eastern Cape.

The project was in the interests of achieving transformation in sport, Mbalula said.


  • Matthew Patrick - 2011-11-16 18:58

    I'm glad to see that they've finally realised that real transformation can only begin with grass roots development.

      Thomas - 2011-11-16 23:47

      A rugby academy in the EC can only be a good thing if it is run professionally!! It is pointless if the funds end up in the pockets of the incompetent gravvy riders!!!!!

  • Tabile - 2011-11-16 19:34

    This is good but not enough, please don't ask the racist for help leave them with their racist system.

      goyougoodthing - 2011-11-16 19:40

      What more do you want? And BTW the game itself was invented by the 'racist' colonials... what should we do about that? The EC is a dead loss, by continuing to bus people to games, playing the political cards, all that is happening is the government putting lipstick on a pig. If you want to be in movies, you move to Hollywood, you don't expect Hollywood to come to you. Same for professional rugby.

      goyougoodthing - 2011-11-16 20:09

      And Table supports the All Blacks not the Boks... nationbuilding

  • Craig - 2011-11-16 21:15

    Zululand Rugby Academy U/20 A & B sides won both Premier League titles and only got about 3 players into the Sharks representative side. The owners of the academy have since moved the whole academy to the E/Cape... Wonder if it's them?

  • Karoo - 2011-11-17 03:52

    Great idea! I am looking forward to the day in the near future in which a Springbok team loaded with products from this new EC Rugby Academy run circles around the All Blacks! Way to go Mr. Mbalula!

      Marius - 2011-11-17 09:06

      Why don't they just put the money into the existing Kings academy that is being run by Robbie Kempson. The academy side is already producing some very promising players and earlier this year they lost by only 8 points to the SA u/21 side in a warm up match before the junior WC.Furthermore, taking in consideration that Border and EP contested the B-section final in the u/21 league after finishing 1st and 2nd in the league, then the rugby future in the Kings region looks very promising . The biggest problem is to prevent the bigger unions from poaching these players, because the senior teams don't play S15 or A-section Currie Cup. The Eastern Cape breeds and developes the talent and the other unions just buy them.

  • Ockie - 2011-11-17 10:49

    This is positive stuff from Government. Congratulations.

      sorryson3 - 2011-11-17 15:58

      Agree with Ockie only if the whole process is transparent and implemented by dedicated and qualified human resources, and by this I mean both on the field and off the field skills development !! In the context of the tragic loss of Solly Tybilike, life skills, starting with psychometric assessment profiling to provide specific information on candidate's aptitude, personality, interest and leadership ability must be provided and oppertunities to further education qualification (running parallel to on field coaching) made compulsory. This game of rugby is now PROFESSIONAL and in order to produce and profit all stakeholders need to bring their professional expertise to bear !!!!

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