Cape Town - A
30-man Western Province will finalise their preparations for the
upcoming SuperSport Rugby Challenge on a training camp in Hermanus this
Having come through pre-season matches against Boland and club sides
Paarl and Tygerberg as well as some opposed sessions against the Junior
Springboks, head coach Jerome Paarwater's management team will put the
final touches on their preparations this week
ahead of their opening SuperSport Rugby Challenge encounter against SWD
Eagles in East London on Sunday.
There are 12 local club players in the 30-man squad, which also includes
a number of players who featured for Maties, UCT and UWC in the Varsity
Western Province have only ever lost one game in the SuperSport
Rugby Challenge, which was the quarter-final last year. Paarwater's
management team will be looking to build on that successful record going
forward this season.
The experienced Paarwater, who has served the union at every level
including as Stormers Assistant Coach as well as international
experience as head coach of Kenya, will be backed up by former Junior
Bok assistant coach and long-time Western Province
U19 mentor Nazeem Adams as backs coach.
The forwards will be under the supervision of former Western
Province lock Rito Hlungwani, who was forwards coach for CPUT as they
recently claimed their first Varsity Shield title and has also served as Western Province U19 forwards coach.
They will be joined on camp by defence coach Chris October, who is a
former SA Schools coach and along with Hlungwani has worked closely with
Adams as part of the professional age-group structures for some time.
Strength and conditioning coach Naasier Parker, technical analyst Elliot Hanabe and manager Cassiem Barnes, who has
served the team in every SuperSport Rugby Challenge campaign, complete
the Western Province management team.
Paarwater said that the squad is excited about what lies ahead of them in the SuperSport Rugby Challenge.
"We have some great talent at our disposal in this squad, with some
quality local club players and exciting youngsters coming through our
"The key will be for us to connect on camp this week to build on the
work we have already put in during our pre-season so that we can make a
strong start to the campaign on Sunday and grow from there," he said.