Our Staff

Your journey starts with a world class Coaching staff!

Our coaching staff drives the plans, culture and values at SRA. They combine individual- and team goals, so that players can committ themselves to something greater than themselves. We also use specialist coaches like Allan Zondagh, Brendan Venter (backs); Pieter de Villiers, Piet Faasen, Ashley Evert (forwards); dr Jannie Putter (Lions). Dr Jannie Brink (medical doctor) and a internal physio are responsible for the medical programme.
Alie Brand
Director
Louis Koen
Director of Coaching
Warren Petersen
Head Coach, Backline & 7’s Coach
Okkie van der Merwe
Skills, Forwards Coach
Hendrik Louw
Conditioning, Forwards Coach
Francois du Toit
Analist, Backline Coach

Support Staff

Our dedicated support staff makes sure everything runs smoothly, and that students and coaches are supported at all times.
Annemarie Brand
Financial Manager
Alexia Rudolph
Manager Administration
Ronel Botes
Manager Accommodation

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Alie Brand

Director


-Founded SRA in 2004
- Higher Diploma in Education, BA and MPhil degree (Stellenbosch University)15 years teaching experience at schools and at Boland College where he filled the positions of Project Manager, Campus Head and Sports Manager
- Qualified referee and coach (level 2)
- Involved in club management since 1999, including the management team of Maties and Helderberg rugby clubs

Louis Koen

Director of Coaching


Studies: B Sc in Sport Science, University of Stellenbosch. International Rugby Board (IRB) educator and coach (level 2).

Player career: WP (46 games - 570 points), Lions, Stormers, Cats, Bulls, Springboks (also 2003 World Cup, 15 games, 145 points).

Coaching career: Boland Cavaliers, Stormers coaching team (2008), International Rugby Academy. Part of Springbok coaching staff, Head SARU Mobi-Unit (from 2012). Involved with SRA since 2012.

Warren Peterse

Head Coach, Backline and 7’s Coach


Studies: National Diploma in Sport Science, Bachelor in Human Movement (North Western University - PUK).

Player career: Play Boland u/19, Leopards and Boland Vodacom and Currie Cup, South Africa 7's.

Coaching career: Leopards (u/18, u/19, seniors, 7's), Pukke (back line), Durbell RFC (u/20A), Maties u/19 and Young Guns.Also co-ordinator coaching clinics. Involved with SRA since 2012.

Okkie van der Merwe

Skills, Forwards Coach


Studies: B Com degree in Sport Management, RAU (UJ), Post Graduate Education (Unisa).

Player career: RAU 1st, Transvaal u/23, SA Universities, Border, Golden Lions Vodacom group, Falcons A.

Coaching career: Border Rugby development, Dr. EG Jansen (u/19), RAU (3’d), Brakpan, NMMU (Saasveld), SA Agricultural Team, PW Botha College, George-Suid primary, Ruggakids, Paarl Gymnasium u/16A. Also Co-ordinator Scouting and Mental Toughness programme. Involved with SRA since 2016.

Hendrik Louw

Conditioning, Forwards Coach


Studies: Former student at SRA. Diploma in Fitness and Sport management(eta), IRB Coaching (level 2), “BokSmart”, IRB Referee (level 1). Professional conditioning /personal trainer, coach different schools and clinics. Asssited by physio and intern.

Coaching career:Co-ordinator schools coaching. Involved with SRA since 2014.

Francois du Toit

Analist, Backline Coach


Studies: Former student at SRA. Diploma in Sport Management (Eta), IRB Coaching (level 2), “BokSmart”, IRB Referee (level 1).

Player career: Play Boland u/19, Leopards and Boland Vodacom and Currie Cup, South Africa 7's.

Coaching career: Helderberg Hostell, Helderberg u/20, schools, clinics.

Also Head of Student Affairs, Superintendent Student Houses. Involved with SRA since 2015.

Annemarie Brand

Financial Manager


An accountant with a Higher Educational Diploma in Commerce from the former Cape Technicon and US. Assisted by Janine Adonis. Involved with SRA since 2004.

Alexia Rudolph

Manager Administration


Manage reception and office administration. Involved with SRA since 2012.

Ronel Botes

Manager Accommodation


Responsible for catering, student- and guest accommodation. Involved with SRA since 2014.

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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
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