03/11/2019 - ZA Schools - Ryno vd Merwe Reveals His "Plans" With Affies Rugby - Ruggas.co.za visited Affies during this week and spoke to Ryno vd Merwe, the newly appointed Head of Rugby and thereafter turned our attention to the upcoming World Schools Festival with 1stXV backline coach Jan-Hendrik Hattingh.
03/11/2019 - ZA Schools - Fijian Stars Set To Invade World Schools Festival - The first three foreign schools to participate at the 2020 World Schools Festival being hosted at Affies has been released. The tournament will start on Tuesday 23 March and end on Saturday 28 March 2020. After a lot of criticism regarding the invited schools, the organiser changed their approach
02/11/2019 - ZA Schools - Francois Swart Week - Schools Announced - The 2020 Francois Swart u/15 Festival will be hosted during the same period as the World School Festival at Affies. The first day of action will be on 23 March 2019 at Affies with Tuesday's games moving to Loftus as the first day of the World School Festival will
31/10/2019 - ZA Schools - Tony Stoops Festival Dates And Teams Announced For 2020 - The 2020 Tony Stoops Festival will once again be hosted at Brackenfell High School. It will be played over three days, beginning on Saturday 21 March 2020, 23 March and the final day on Wednesday 25 March 2020. The schools that confirmed the
31/10/2019 - ZA Schools - Oakdale Festival Dates And Teams Announced - The 39th Oakdale festival will start on 21 March 2020. The fixtures will only be released at a later stage with the last two days, 23 and 25 March 2020 which will only be announced after the final game was played on the previous game day, thereby ensuring strength vs strength.
28/10/2019 - ZA Schools - Graeme College Rugby Day 2020 Fixtures Announced - The Graeme Rugby Day will be hosted at Graeme College on 14 March 2020. A rugby day that is known for its perfect matchups ensuring a fun day full of competitive rugby and certainly one of the favourites of Ruggas.co.za. Big performances are expected from Grey High and Selborne with Nico Malan replacing SACS in the lineup.
24/10/2019 - ZA Schools - We Visit Garsfontein And Asked Some Uncomfortable Questions - Our first stop was Hoërskool Garsfontein in Pretoria. They were in the news the past few weeks as Ryno vd Merwe, Director of Rugby, resigned to take up the post at Affies as Head of Rugby. Garsfontein did not waste any time in appointing Hendre
21/10/2019 - ZA Schools - Wildeklawer 2020 Fixtures Announced - The 2020 Wildeklawer Rugby Tournament will again be hosted at Diamantveld Hoërskool from 24 Apr - 27 April 2020 Paul Roos will make a welcome return at the Festival after conquering the SANIX Youth Tournament in 2019, replacing Transvalia in the star-studded lineup.
21/10/2019 - ZA Schools - Another u/18 Craven Week Shock - In yet another cost-cutting exercise SARU has just announced that the 2020 u/18 Craven Week will no longer host a "B" team from The Golden Lions and Blue Bulls. One can only smile at the logic behind this decision as it is common knowledge that the parents foot the bill for their kids to
21/10/2019 - ZA Schools - Grey College Wins Twizza's Champion Of Champions - Grey College defended its 2018 u/17 Champions of Champions title after beating an able Westville Boys High 26-17 in the Bloemfontein on Saturday. Grey College secured the win with a last-second try by Regan Izaks. Boland Landbou had an easier game in the u/15 final
19/10/2019 - ZA Schools - Twizza 7's - All The Results Of Day 1 And Fixtures Day 2 - After an exciting Day 1 in Bloemfontein Day 2 awaits. Maritzburg College, Waterkloof, Grey PE and Helpmekaar won their respective pools in the u/15 competition and will be joined by Boland Landbou, Grey College, Middelburg HTS and DHS in the quarter finals.
17/10/2019 - Coach's Corner - Jan v Rooyen - Gym Work - How To Start The Off-Season - It if off-season again, and I have been inundated with questions regarding off-season strength training and more specifically where to start when entering the gym. My philosophy regarding early-stage gym work has changed and developed a lot since I first started
04/10/2019 - ZA Schools - A Brilliant Evening At Monnas - At the 2019 Ruggas.co.za Awards ceremony which was hosted at Monument Hoërskool yesterday evening, some of the top schoolboy rugby stars were acknowledged for their brilliant performances during the 2019 season. Ruggas.co.za would like to thank all involved in schoolboy rugby for
28/09/2019 - ZA Schools - Iqhawe Week 2019 – A Win For Rugby’s Future - Iqhawe Week is part of SARLA’s broader mandate to achieve true transformation and social upliftment in rugby, by creating development opportunities at grassroots level. And Iqhawe Week is specifically aimed at developing talented Under-15 players.
26/09/2019 - Youth Weeks - Boland Brilliant In Final @ Iqhawe Week - It was a rewarding day for Boland on the final day of the Iqhawe Week at Paarl Gymnasium on Thursday, as they delivered a scintillating performance against Griquas in the final match of the tournament for a 29-10 victory and top honours in front of their home fans. The Bolanders got
25/09/2019 - ZA Youth Weeks - Boland And Griquas To Battle It Out For Iqhawe Week Crown - Boland and Griquas will battle it for top honours in the Iqhawe Week at Paarl Gymnasium on Thursday after finishing the second round of matches on Tuesday among four unbeaten teams. The other two undefeated sides in the development tournament for
24/09/2019 - ZA Youth Weeks - Exciting Start To Iqhawe Week In Paarl - An exciting mix of big wins and tight results characterised the opening day of the Iqhawe Week for Under-15 boys at Paarl Gymnasium on Monday, with the Pumas, Sharks, Leopards, Griquas, Boland, Western Province and Eastern Province kicking off their campaigns with victories.
19/09/2019 - ZA Schools - Garsfontein Announce New Director of Rugby - It was confirmed by the principal of Hoërskool Garsfontein that Hendré Marnitz was appointed as the Director of Rugby at the School. Hendré replaces Ryno vd Merwe who recently was appointed as the new head of rugby at Affies. Hendré started his coaching career at the
17/09/2019 - ZA Festivals - It Is Iqhawe Week Time Again - The 2019 edition of the Iqhawe Week – South Africa’s premier development rugby tournament for Under-15 boys – begins in Paarl on Monday, 23 September, where a whole new pool of young rugby talent will explode onto the field. The annual tournament was jointly put together by the SA Rugby Legends
17/09/2019 - ZA Schools - EPD Camps Form A Vital Cog In Player Development - “These camps offer us the opportunity to expose the players to our structures and work with them from a young age, and to guide them in terms of what takes to achieve national honours in future. “It is the culmination of a lot of hard work behind the scenes as our talent identification
13/09/2019 - Coaches Corner - Katleho Lynch - Defence At The World Cup - The World Cup is fast approaching and the world is very excited to see who will lift the trophy in October. I want to speak about defence and how it will affect the World Cup and what the best teams will do to stop attack. We speak of modern attack and modern
10/09/2019 - ZA Schools - World Schools Festival - South African Schools For 2020 Announced - The organisers of the World Schools Festival has announced the South African schools that will participate in the 2020 event being hosted at Affies. Attending Schools: Affies, Grey College, Hilton College, King Edward VII, Maritzburg College, Monnas,
04/09/2019 - ZA Schools - Golden Lions Appoint Monnas' Tjaart vd Walt - It was confirmed that Tjaart van der Walt was appointed as the head coach as the Lions Craven Week coach for 2020. Van der Walt coached the Lions Academy Week team at the Craven Week this year and is also Monnas' Director Of Rugby.
09/04/2019 - ZA Schools - Grey PE Win Lentefees Elite 7's - As morning broke on Saturday 31 August there were a lot of worried faces at Nico Malan High School. It had been raining all night and the wind was predicted to gust up to 80km/h. Fortunately, there was no more rain and the wind moderated a bit and the crowd enjoyed a fine day’s 7’s rugby.
02/09/2019 - ZA Schools - Phiwe Nomlomo Greet Selborne College As Well As Schoolboy Rugby - It was confirmed that Phiwe Nomlomo was appointed at the Sharks and will start on 01 October 2019 in Durban. Phiwe was a brilliant centre at Selborne College whereafter he was contracted at the Sharks as a junior player.
02/09/2019 - ZA Schools - Affies Appoint Director Of Rugby - It has been confirmed that Ryno van der Merwe was appointed as Affies' new Director of Rugby. He will start at Affies officially on 01 October 2019. Ryno was Director of Rugby at Garsfontein for the past four years with the successes of Garsfontein well known and documented.
30/08/2019 - ZA Schools - Exciting Elite 7's At Nico Malan - This year is the second staging of the KougaLentefees Elite 7’s rugby tournament. Once again it forms part of a bigger festival held at Nico Malan High School that include stalls, exhibitions, a lovely beer tent and shows by artists such as Refentse and Leah. There is a once-off
29/08/2019 - ZA Schools - Waterkloof Appoint Director Of Rugby - Waterkloof Hoërskool has announced the appointment of mr Lukas Holtzhauzen (Oakdale) as their new Director of Rugby. Lukas will join Waterkloof at the end of September this year with his main purpose for 2020 to fix what needs to be fixed to reestablish Waterkloof as a rugby powerhouse.
27/08/2019 - ZA Schools - 2019: The Here, The There And The, Um, Somewhere - The reason for conflating the customary three or four articles analysing the success stories and the failures at the end of each season into one is simply that this procedure has, over the course of several years, become rather boring.
27/08/2019 - ZA Schools - Fixtures For 2020 Noord/Suid Festival Announced - The organisers of the Noord/Suid announced the fixtures for the 2020 festival to be hosted at Waterkloof. Affies and Paul Roos who will be attending the World Schools Festival during the same period will only play on day one.
23/08/2019 - ZA Schools - Noord/Suid Announce Teams For 2020 - The organisers of the Noord/Suid tournament to be hosted at Waterkloof Hoërskool (21/03 - 25/03) has announced the schools to participate in the 2020 tournament.