Wildebeest charge ahead

2014-08-07 00:00

HILLCREST Villagers Rugby Club chairman Rene Missen is a proud man and rightly so. Five of his 1st team players have been named in the KZN Wildebeest squad. Also, the assistant coach, team manager and physio are from Villagers.

Players Stephan Bothma (outside centre), Tommy Bezuidenhout (inside centre), Patrick McLaughlin (hooker), Kyle Spowart (No 8) and Gerhard Botha (scrumhalf) are joined by Villagers head coach Jeremy McLaren, physio Russ Booth and club president Keith Dent, the latter managing the team.

“This is a proud moment for the people involved and for us as a club. Besides their achievements, it’s a move forward for the club and is an indication of how we approach our rugby and the talent within our ranks,” said Missen.

The Wildebeest players are selected from clubs playing in the First Division at club level and join Western Province, Boland, Border, Eastern Province, Griquas, Free State and South Western Districts at a tournament in Kimberley from September 1 to 5.

KZN are the defending champions, having broken Western Province’s dominance in previous years.

But, prior to this, there is more serious business for Villagers to take care of. This Saturday, August 9, they scrum down against Premier Division outfit PMB Collegians at the Durban Shongweni Club at 5 pm, in a Murray Cup qualifying clash.

Villagers are the only Highway-based club to qualify for the knockout tournament.

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