Rugby news from Western Province:
DHL WP U19 change it up:
There are a number of changes in the DHL Western Province U19 team which will face EP Elephants U19 at Boland Landbou near Paarl on Friday.
The match will kick off at 12h30 on Friday as an opener for the Aon Under-18 International Series match between England U18 and France U18 before SA Schools take on Wales U18.
There are four changes to the backline and five in the forward pack, with a number of players given the opportunity to show their worth by Head Coach Nazeem Adams.
In the backline Aydon Topley comes in at outside centre and Aaron Zeederberg is on the wing, while there is also a new halfback pairing of Gerardo Jaars and David Coetzer.
Up front there is an all-new front row, with props Joshua du Preez and Alexander Mbete making their first starts along with hooker Chris Rossouw. Lock Jaen-Louis de Lange and flank Henro Meyer also get a chance in the starting line-up.
Adams said that the new players are hungry to make an impact at Boland Landbou.
“There are a few new faces who will be giving everything, so the challenge for us will be to get some fluency going in our game.
“We know that we will have to keep our focus and execute our plans properly to beat this EP U19 side,” he said.
DHL Western Province U19: 15 Quan Eyman, 14 Angelo Davids, 13 Aydon Topley, 12 Waqar Solaan, 11 Aaron Zeederberg, 10 David Coetzer, 9 Gerado Jaars, 8 Francke Horn (captain), 7 Tonderai Chiwumbutsa, 6 Henro Meyer, 5 Jaen-Louis de Lange, 4 Ian Kitwanga, 3 Joshua du Preez, 2 Chris Rossouw, 1 Alexander Mbete.
Replacements: 16 Andile Nondwangu, 17 Dian Bleuler, 18 Tristan Leitch, 19 Marcel Theunissen, 20 Henco Martins, 21 Mitch Connellan, 22 Nevaldo Fleurs, 23 David Kriel.
WPRFU hosts YTC festival in Cape Town in Women’s Month:
Sixteen Under-16 and Under-18 girls’ teams, from SA Rugby’s various Youth Training Centres (YTC) across the country, will celebrate Women’s Month this weekend when they take part in a YTC Festival at Florida Park in Ravensmead, Cape Town.
The teams will play each other in seeding matches on Friday, 10 August, while the playoffs will take place on Saturday, 11 August.
DHL Western Province U16 girls will be looking to defend their title on home turf, while DHL Western Province U18 girls are targeting a third national title.
Like last year, the U16 and U18 teams will take on one other in a combined tournament rather than being split into the North and South Sections as they have been since the inception of these events in 2015.
Western Province Rugby Football Union President, Mr Thelo Wakefield, said that it is an honour for the union to host the tournament.
“The development of women’s rugby is key to the future health of our game. I would like to welcome all of the players and wish them all of the best over the weekend.
“Women’s Month is a time for us to reflect and appreciate the role of women in our communities and our sport, so what better way to celebrate than through this tournament,” he said.
The U16 and U18 players at the various YTC’s train on a weekly basis, while they also have access to conditioning and nutritional programmes, as well as gymnasiums within the SA Rugby network to improve their strength and fitness levels.
They work from a coaching blueprint designed by SA Rugby’s Rugby Department to ensure a uniform approach in the structures and systems at the various centres, and the girls also participate in scheduled matches to expose them to regular competition.
“We have already started seeing the graduates of the YTC’s feeding into the Women’s Interprovincial League, which is part of the pathway into the national team, said Jurie Roux, CEO of SA Rugby.
“We are committed to growing women’s rugby and increasing participation in the sport throughout the country and we have made a significant investment in the last few years to achieve this.
“The opportunity these girls have to play in a proper provincial tournament this weekend will assist them with a high level of competition, but they will also get a sense of what rugby is about in terms of camaraderie, respect, discipline and building friendships.
“The Youth Training Centres have played a key role in equipping young girls with the necessary skills and techniques to groom them into quality players since the inception of the programme a few years ago.”
Day 1 Fixtures – Friday, 10 August
10h00: Limpopo v Border
11h10: Griquas v Blue Bulls
12h20: Eastern Province v South Western Districts
14h00: DHL Western Province v KZN
11h10: SWD v Limpopo
12h20: Blue Bulls v DHL Western Province
14h00: Border v KZN
15h10: Griquas v Eastern Province
The post WPRFU hosts YTC festival in Cape Town in Women’s Month appeared first on WP Rugby.
DHL WP U19 face EP U19 at Boland Landbou:
DHL Western Province U19 will go up against EP Elephants U19 at Boland Landbou near Paarl on Friday as an opener for the SA Schools clash with Wales U18.
DHL Western Province U19 will be looking for their third win of the campaign, when they take on the Eastern Cape side in an early game which kicks off at 12h30 on Friday.
Head Coach Nazeem Adams said that DHL Western Province U19 are determined to get back to winning ways on Friday following their defeat to the unbeaten Cell C Sharks U19 last week.
“We have identified a number of areas where we can make a step up, so the players are looking forward to the next challenge and proving themselves on Friday,” he said.
That match will be followed by Aon Under-18 International Series matches between England U18 and France U18 before SA Schools take on Wales U18.
DHL Western Province U18 Coca-Cola Craven Week skipper Adrian Alberts has been named as captain of the SA Schools side for the forthcoming Aon Under-18 International Series.
Alberts, of Paarl Boys’ High, captained the unbeaten DHL Western Province U18 side at the recent Coca-Cola Under-18 Craven Week in Paarl. He plays lock and in his second season with the SA Schools side.
The second match is against France at Stellenberg High School in Durbanville on Tuesday, 14 August, when Wales and England will square off.
The series concludes on Saturday, 18 August at SACS in Newlands, when the SA Schools side face England, while France and Wales will face each other.