2023 Ruggas.co.za Awards – Voting Is Done, Who Will The Panel Vote For?


The response to the Ruggas.co.za nomination process was, to say the least, overwhelming. The number of talented players in schools in South Africa is astonishing.

The following candidates were forwarded to a panel of judges who will in a blind vote, vote. Judges have a right to add a candidate to the final list. Winners will be announced soon.

Player of the Year
Batho Hlekani (Graeme College)
Divan Fuller (Paarl Boishaai)
JJ Theron (Grey College)

Female Player of the Year
Anja Le Roux (DHL Western Province Girls)
Bronisa Hess (DHL Western Province Girls)
Sinoxolo Soga (Eastern Province Girls)

LSEN Player of the Year
Believe Mwabi (Westcliff school, Belville)
Jamain Steyn (NuweHoopskool, Worcester)
Orabile Tlhatlhedi (Pro Practicum School, Krugersdorp)

Backline Player Of The Year
Dominic Malgas (Nico Malan)
JC Mars (Paarl Boishaai)
Kyle Smith (Paarl Gim)
Pieter van der Merwe (Grey College) – Panel Nomination

Forward of the Year
Batho Hlekani (Graeme College)
De Wet Fourie (Daniel Pienaar)
JJ Theron (Grey College)

Most Valuable Player Of The Year
Batho Hlekani (Graeme College)
Gino Cupido (Strand)
Jason Hugo (Garsfontein) – Panel Nomination
Leejay Petersen (Paul Roos)
Divan Fuller (Paarl Boishaai) – Panel Nomination

Team of the Year (1stXV)
Boland Landbou 1stXV
Garsfontein 1stXV
Grey College 1stXV

School of the Year
Grey College
Paul Roos

School of the Year (most Improved)
Helpmekaar Kollege
Nico Malan
Secunda – Panel Nomination

Coach of the Year
Jannie Geldenhuys (Grey College)
Johan du Plessis (Garsfontein)
Philip Molnar (Boland Landbou)

Administrator Of The Year
Bobbie Joubert (Grey College)
Corne Uys (Paul Roos)
Eugene Marais (Helpmekaar)
Gustav Theunissen (Garsfontein) – Panel Nomination