Rugby training back by popular demand

2015-12-02 06:00
                           PHOTO: supplied Some of the academy’s December coaches include (from left) former Springbok Gcobani Bobo, Sharks meta-coach Tim Goodenough and director of the Investec International Rugby Academy, Dick Muir.

PHOTO: supplied Some of the academy’s December coaches include (from left) former Springbok Gcobani Bobo, Sharks meta-coach Tim Goodenough and director of the Investec International Rugby Academy, Dick Muir.

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THE Investec International Rugby Academy will be providing SA’s young rugby players and coaches with another opportunity to learn from international and South African rugby icons in the December holidays at St Charles College.

Former Rugby World Cup players Marius Hurter (1995), Werner Swanepoel (1999), Louis Koen (2003) and Butch James (2007 and 2011) will be bringing their expertise to the academy along with former Springbok’s assistant coach Dick Muir, former British Lions coach Andy Keast, ex-Wallabies kicking coach Braam van Straaten, ex-Springbok assistant coach and current Sharks coach Gary Gold, former Sharks coach Grant Bashford, former Sharks assistant coach Brad Mcleod-Henderson, former Scottish player John Allan, and All Blacks, Chiefs and Blues technical advisor, Nico le Roux.

Boys can look forward to learning from former Springboks Gcobani Bobo, Ian MacDonald, Brent Russell and most capped South African rugby player, Jacques Botes, as well as local coaches Ryan Strudwick and Greg Miller.

Rugby stalwarts Peter de Villiers (2007 and 2011 Rugby World Cup coach), Nick Mallet (former Springbok coach) and Murray Mexted (former All Blacks player and director of the International Rugby Academy of New Zealand) are also part of the line-up.

Behind the scenes training is also a feature of the Investec International Rugby Academy and specialists such as Mark Steele (former Springbok conditioning coach), Dr Peet du Toit (neurological and physiological testing), and Tim Goodenough (meta-coach) will be teaching the physical and mental aspects of rugby.

According to Russell, the Investec International Rugby Academy is a great concept for former players.

“The core value of the academy is to ‘up your game’ whether its means getting into a better team or even just learning more about the game. The academy has a sense of comradery about it and unites those with a passion for rugby,” said the academy’s general manager, Greg Miller.

“Players and coaches are invited to partake in the Investec International Rugby Academy’s sought-after player and coach courses from 10 to 16 December.

Visit www.investecacademy.com or contact Bernadine at 031 940 5565 or bernadine@investecacademy.com for more information. - Supplied.

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