Meet Our Staff

Alie Brand
Director
Warren Petersen
Head Coach, Backline & 7’s Coach
Okkie van der Merwe
Skills, Forwards Coach
Hendrik Louw
Conditioning and Forwards coach
Francois du Toit
Analist, Backline Coach

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 commit themselves to something greater than themselves. We also use specialist coaches like Louis Koen, Allan Zondagh, Brendan Venter (backs); Pieter de Villiers, Piet Faasen, Ashley Evert (forwards) and dr Christo Spies (sport psychologist). Dr Jannie Brink (medical doctor) and an internal physio are responsible for the medical programme.


Warren Petersen - 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, Maties and Maties Young Guns
• Also co-ordinator Coaching clinics
• Involved with SRA since 2012

Okkie van der Merwe - Skills, Forwards coach

• 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, Maties Young Guns
• Also Co-ordinator Scouting and Mental Toughness programme
• Involved with SRA since 2016

Hendrik Louw – Conditioning and Forwards coach

• 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 Helderberg hostel, different schools and clinics
• Assisted by physio and intern
• Involved with SRA since 2014

Francois du Toit – Analist and backline coach

• Former student at SRA
• Diploma in Sport Management (Eta), IRB Coaching (level 2), “BokSmart”, IRB Referee (level 1)
• Coaching career: Helderberg Hostell, Helderberg u/20, schools, clinics
• Superintendent Student Houses
• Coordinate Schools coaching and camps / clinics
• Involved with SRA since 2015

Support Staff

Meet our support staff:

Our dedicated support staff makes sure everything runs smoothly, and that students and coaches are supported at all times.

Annemarie Brand – Manager Administration

• Manage reception and office administration
• Student affairs
• Assists wirh local and overseas groups and guests
• 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
Annemarie Brand
Manager Administration
Alexia Rudolph
Manager Administration
Ronel Botes
Manager Accommodation

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