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It’s not about rugby, it’s about young men. It’s not about building a championship team, It’s about building championship boys. Boys who will be forever strong.
- Larry Gelwix

Our History

Stellenbosch Rugby Academy (SRA), one of the oldest rugby training institutions in South Africa, was established in Stellenbosch in 2004 by Alie Brand. It is a private institution, registrated as Stellenbosch Rugbyakademie Trust (trustnr. IT 1478/2004). SRA officially opened its doors in 2005 with one full-time staff member, 4 part-time staff and 23 students. Currently, here are about 80 full-time students and various staff members.

Who is Stellenbosch Rugby Academy (SRA)?

SRA follows SARU's High Performance requirements and guidelines for national rugby academies - including quality programs, pathway to WP/further, as well as a life after rugby. We go even further, and have a holistic approach which means we take players on potential (not just talent) - and help to develop them. The focus is not only on rugby, but rather on using rugby as a vehicle to help develop balanced, well-rounded young men who reach their full potential in life.

We give preference to talented players or coaches with character, who want to study and / or play rugby in Stellenbosch. We would like to give players, not spotted at trials or overlooked due to whatever reason, the chance to develop further. We also train coaches, analists and referees.
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Riaan Barnard
22 May 1998
Height 1.83m
Weight 117 kg
High School Paarl Boys High
Teams Represented SRA
Previous Teams Represented Paarl
Boys High 1XV
Favourite Food Bacon and Eggs on Toast
Favourite Movie Deadpool
Total games played this year
Total games played at SRA -