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News24.com | SA Rugby announces virtual coaching roll-out plan for schools rugby

SA Rugby
on Monday announced that coaches, parents and players from schools across the
country will be invited to a series of webinars as preparations step up a gear
for a return to action later in the year.

An
announcement was made recently on the return to non-contact training for
all amateur rugby – schools, clubs and associations – within specific safety
conditions required by the current Covid-19 pandemic, in light of the recent
easing of adjusted lockdown regulations.

To
further assist and educate players from the various Under-18 age groups, SA
Rugby’s Rugby Department will
share their expertise online and in real time with players, coaches and parents
at school level.

The programme – which will run
from 4 March until 1 April 2021 – was compiled by Hilton Adonis (Manager:
Training and Education), Louis Koen (Manager: High Performance Programmes), as
well as Herman Masimla and Nico Serfontein, who spearhead the Elite Player
Development (EPD) programmes.

“Our online coaching webinar
series last year was a massive success and we decided to do something similar,
specifically to assist players at school with the best way to get back into
action again after a very long time away from the game,” SA Rugby’s director of rugby Rassie Erasmus said via a statement.

“Hilton, Louis, Herman and
Nico have put in a lot of effort and done great work in this regard, and the
series of webinars will be of great value for any player, coach or parent from
Under-15 level upwards.

“While the focus will be on
the better players, who have been identified as part of our EPD programmes, any
players who are keen to lace up their boots again will find benefit from the
information we’re planning to share.”

Four webinars are planned, as
well as a final interactive session where parents, players and coaches will
have the opportunity to interact with staff from the Rugby Department.

The first session, which will
be conducted by Springbok head coach Jacques Nienaber and his Junior Springbok
counterpart Bafana Nhleko, will discuss the national coaching blueprint (4
March).

This will be followed by a
session on strength and conditioning (11 March), hosted by SA Rugby’s head strength and conditioning (S&C) coach, Tim Qumbu.

SA Rugby Nutritionists Zeenat
Simjee and Robyn Moore will talk about diet and tovid-19, will be
hosted by Springbok Women’s head coach Stanley Raubenheimer (25 March).

The series will conclude with
a live feedback and information session on 1 April.

Schools will be informed via
their provinces on the details of the webinars, and those looking for more
information are urged to get in touch with their provincial unions.

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