Cape Town - After
successful careers playing for the Springboks and provincially, John
Smit, Braam van Straaten, Dick Muir, Marius Hurter, Jacques Botes and Hentie
Maartens have returned their attention to the rugby field to offer up the
knowledge - that took them years to build - to school players and coaches.
with their friends, team-mates and contacts within the industry, they form The
Investec International Rugby Academy, a high-performance training initiative
that aims to grow the sport and to nurture young talent nationally.
taking place in the school holidays, from December 9 to 13, players and coaches
attending will spend a week at St Charles College in Pietermaritzburg, closely
paired with rugby professionals within their position.
hope to put our experience to good use by raising the standard of rugby form a
grassroots perspective; helping coaches stay-up-to-date with the latest
techniques and players to reach their rugby goals," says former EP and Border
player, as well as Investec International Rugby Academy General Manager, Greg
The five-day coaches course runs alongside the five-Day players course (boys aged between 14 to
17) allowing coaches to gain practical insight into the drills, skills-work and
exercises that the Academy's coaches put players through.
had a number of guest coaches, including Murray Mexted, Peter de Villiers, Ian
MacDonald, Ian McIntosh, Butch James and Paul Anthony, work with our players as
they would with their provincial or national teams which provides players with
a taste of what it takes to play professionally and coaches with an opportunity
to discuss and implement these practical coaching tips into their practices,"
For more information
about The Investec International Rugby Academy's Courses, visit www.investecacademy.com.