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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, registered 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 70 full-time students and various staff members. It is an incredible testament of God's faithfulness and great grace.


Who is Stellenbosch Rugby Academy (SRA)?

SRA was founded to accommodate the many talented young players that want the best possible chance to pursue a professional career in Rugby. We follow 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.


Our Vision

Inspiring players, coaches and managers, to become men of value.


Our Focus

SRA wants to equip and support students in a professional manner to be:

Body: Quality rugby players with the necessary physical, technical / tactical skills to achieve their full potential as players, with a healthy lifestyle
Mind: Successful and innovative rugby coaches, sport and business managers who are ready for the challenges of life
Soul: Balanced young men with mental toughness and solid Christian values, who can confidently make independent decisions in the adult world

“Try not only to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.”- Albert Einstein


Our Culture

“It is the first place where I felt true brotherhood, making true friends, whilst getting closer to professional level coaching.” William Holder, old-student

The SRA Culture is emphasised in our three pillars of the SRA culture: • Belong • Believe • Behave

We live our culture through our chivalry – for those before us and the future knights. Students strive to become a Knight. A Knight is an elite warrior - sworn to a code of law called chivalry and under girdled by four values:
Honesty – Humility – Discipline - Work Ethics

Page Boy - 1st Year - Basic training - help each other
Squire - 2nd Year - Advanced training - help others
Knight – Senior - Go out and serve those in need