Rugby Player Programme

Globally over 7.2 million people play rugby, and far more are connected to the business of sport. If you want to be a part of this worldwide development, here are your chance to take your career to the next level!

In cooperation with world class partners like World Rugby (previously IRB) and SARU, we develop the unique RUGBY HIGH PERFORMANCE DIPLOMA, where players, managers, and coaches are trained in ONE programme. We believe it is one of the most innovative and challenging rugby courses in the world! See examples of the week programmes on our web site (documents / training programmes).
Rugby is a wonderful tool that shapes us for life. The very reason you are reading these words is a testimony that something about this game has touched your soul, has ignited your passion and fuelled your spirit. Sport in general creates opportunities for us to grow, socialize and broaden our cultural awareness. It also teaches us that there is a prize to pay if you want to excel in life and that through perseverance you can reach your goals.

In our society today we see a lot of people giving up on their goals, dreams, marriages and relationships, because they were not willing to go the extra mile or give attention to the detail. It seems that we are looking for a quick fix or the fast track to success without a willingness to apply ourselves to the nitty-gritty. Too many players think that they can skip the nitty-gritty and that playing rugby at a high level is limited to the playing field only.

Aim of programme

The player must understand:
  • Appreciate those who has gone before you & that you are inspired to leave your own mark
  • The DNA of SRA – What we stand for and what we are all about
  • What character is and how you can develop your own character
  • A High Performance Environment / Culture
  • A High Performance Conditioning program
  • How to become mentally tough & battle hardened
  • The basic Principles of play – The SRA way
  • How to assess your own game

Objectives:

The SRA way of play is: Play with high tempo and continuity – score tries – enjoy it! Therefore we must be stronger, fitter, faster, more skillfull and more organized.

The key objectives off our rugby programme are to:
  • Create a learning environment
  • Develop men that are mentally tough and battle hardened
  • Produce skillful players to play a high tempo continuity game
  • Produce a winning team
  • Serve in our communities
  • Create a fun environment

Therefore we want to improve our players’ functional strength, help them to become skillful and fit at the same time, whilst enjoying themselves! The programme is presented in the following four performance areas:
  • Conditioning
  • Skills
  • Theory
  • Team training and Matches
  • 7's

Strength and Conditioning

Modules
1. Conditioning
2. Mobility and Stability
3. Strengh and Power
4. Speed
5. Testing and Monitoring

Objectives:

  • Keep them playing!
  • Increase power output in the competition exercises
  • Maximize preparation (slow gradual increase of player’s ability to play/perform - term 1, 2
  • Maximize readiness (daily fluctuation in psychological, tactical, technical, physical performance – term 3, 4
This is an essential component if players want to go all the way. Players train in small groups with the conditioning coach. It is presented at our own gymnasium on campus (Mount Simson), field and swimming pool.

The program includes:

  • Comprehensive programme and training suitable for the development and preparing players for professional rugby. These include: Stability and mobility, strength, speed and power, metabolic endurance. It includes training programmes during holidays.
  • Ongoing monitoring and testing of players (Boksmart pre-participation testing, specialized tests each term). There is a weekly one-on-one's with injured players.
  • Recovery: Medical clinic (swimming, cycling, physio after each game), recovery system, life style (food / supplements, medicine, sleep, professional attitude, etc.)
  • Top class rehabilitation. Players have access to a medical doctor and physiotherapist. Dr. Jannie Brink have years of experience at the WP u/19- and u/21-teams.

Manhood

Somewhere along the way, our culture lost its definition of manhood, leaving men in “no-man’s-island” - confused about their roles, responsibilitie, relationships and the reason God made them men. Further more you must learn practical ways to handle situations to the best of your ability and achieve optimal results. Join us on this journey - to get an advantage to perform better than your opponents or average person in difficult situations.

Aims

  • Becoming mentally tough enough in training or preparation for the future, and having the right mindset / attitude towards opportunities, competition and life
  • Becoming the Man God created you to be

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Skills

Modules
1. Position specific skills
2. Individual
3. Unit skills
4. Monitoring and Testing
With our Edge programme, we want our players to always create something with ball in hand, to ensure that your team or team mate will be in a better position after you handover possession. The program consists of individual and positional skills.

The programme includes:

  • Individual skills: Handling, breakdowns, positional skills, decision making, defence, attack and continuity.
  • Position specific skills: Players do specific positional training.
  • Specialized tests and video analysis - sessions and stats to improve technique and skills.
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Practical

This program has been designed to help you walk the extra mile; to look into the detail of the SRA Way of Play and Life - to ultimately assist you in becoming a professional rugby player and a man of value.

This modules are unique, because:
- It gives our students a holistic understanding as the learning (theory) and practical (training) compliments each other all the time.
- Students start their internship from day 1, and in this way start writing their on CV.

Modules
RugbyConditioning SRA Way, History of the Game, SRA Culture and Philosophy, SRA Principles of Play, Game analyses
Short coursesWe offer a variety of great short courses with practical experience. It gives students chances to be head and shoulders above the rest in the industry.
Coaching (World Rugby level 1); Laws of the Game (World Rugby); SARU Club Management; Concussion / Keep Rugby Clean; SARU Boksmart Safety; Chaperone / Teamwork; Scouting; Social media; Rugby Performance Analysis; Sport Psychology; PT in schools; Work / Play rugby Overseas; Sport Chaplin
ManhoodSomewhere along the way, our culture lost its definition of manhood, leaving men in “no-man’s-island” - confused about their roles, responsibilities, relationships and the reason God made them men.
We focus on identity and leadership (fatherhood).
Mental ToughnessSportlife: This unique course combines sport psychology and life skills. It offers practical help with critical issues players are dealing with, to help them succeed in their sport or personal life.

Students can do the following courses extra (own cost): Coaching level 2; Sevens, Referee level 1 (World Rugby), Rugby medic, Tag-Rugby (SARU); Sport massage extra.

Team training and Matches

Modules
1. Defence
2. Attack
3. Scrums
4. Line outs
5. Kick offs
6. Kicking game
7. Analyses
8. Matches
WP probably have one of the the strongest club leagues in South Africa. We play at the famous Maties Rugby Club and in their Hostel League, and players are therefore eligible for WP u / 19 and u / 21 trials, where they have excellent exposure. The SRA (Knights) play with 2 teams/squads – as a Matie 3 and Matie Hostel team. So far, we had more than 40 national and international players.

The programme consists of team training (including jersey ceremony). We record games weekly – players assist with their own team / player analyses (Stratus). Info are also available to parents There is a weekly one-on-one meeting about the game. It includes performance analyses, feedback on the performance, exc.

The programme includes:

  • Individual:Time played, points scored, attack, breakdown, attack, discipline.
  • Team: Tries, penalties, free kicks, tackles, handling, defense, attack, yellow and red cards

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7's Academy

Modules
Attack
Defence
Positional responsibilities
Game knowledge
Planning
Management
Sport Science
Matches / Tournaments
Sevens: World Rugby Level 1, 2
We want to develop talented 7’s players for local and international tournaments. Our strategies are largely based on the same professional culture of die SA Sevens here in Stellenbosch. Students will have the opportunity to train with them and play in different matches and tournaments. Join us on the quest to play this exciting game around the globe – and make great lifelong memories with some new brothers.

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Summary

The Rugby program includes:

  • Boot Camp in Janiary.
  • Annual rugby tour during June.
  • Weekly meetings with players, to discuss the program.
  • Ongoing 1-on-1’s with players after matches; and communication with parents if students under achieve (eg. attendance <80%).
  • Full range of Puma clothing and kit(can buy extras at a big dicount too), club and gymnasium fees, outings and transport (training). This excludes medical costs - so players must make sure that they are on a medical plan.
  • Parents receive a continuous and complete report of students' academic and rugby progress each term. (Attendance stats are available on our website weekly)
  • Portfolio with every player's stats, physical information and video is available.
Students get the opportunity to play or coach rugby overseas , as part of our Exchange program. Our partner, Discovery, also offers their smart series for students to our students - the most affordable quality health care. Students have access to the widest and best health care coverage available.

Players who are under-performing may be required to immediately leave the Rugby Academy, but will still be responsible for all fees.