SAS Rugby Management

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Sas Rugby 2023 Jacques Hanekom

Jacques Hanekom

Head of SAS Rugby

  • Launched SAS Rugby in 2016
  • BA Higher Education
  • Former provincial player and coach: Western Province Vodacom Cup, Western Province Currie Cup, Buccaneers Ireland
  • Specialises in rugby player recruitment and development of pathways
  • SAS Rugby
Sas Rugby 2023 Ernst Joubert

Ernst Joubert

Head of SASRII

  • Joined SAS Rugby in January 2017
  • B Com Management Accounting
  • Former professional rugby player for the Lions, Saracens and Emerging Springboks.
  • SAS Rugby
  • SASRII
Sas Rugby 2023 Hein Kriek

Hein Kriek

Head Coach SASRII

  • Joined SAS Rugby in January 2023
  • MSc Sporting Director (Salford University)
  • BSc Honours in Sport Science
  • World Rugby Level 3
  • Former SA Schools Head Coach, Pumas Currie Cup Assistant Coach and Technical Director for Rugby Netherlands.
  • SASRII
Sas Rugby 2023 Neil De Kock

Neil de Kock

Kicking & Scrumhalf Specialist Coach

  • Joined SAS in January 2018
  • BCom Industrial Psychology
  • Former professional rugby player for Western Province, Saracens and the Springboks.
  • SASRII
Sas Rugby 2023 Johann Zeier

Johann Zeier

Scrum Coach and Analysis SASRII

  • Joined SAS Rugby in January 2019
  • MSc Honours in High Performance Sport
  • Currently Head coach for Maties Women’s Rugby and former performance analyst for SX10 in the World Tens Series and Germany 7’s World Cup team.
  • SASRII
Sas Rugby 2023 Ian Cambell Mcgeachy

Ian Campbell McGeachy

Backline, Skills & Attack Coach SASRII

  • Joined SAS Rugby in January 2023
  • World Rugby Level 2
  • Currently Paul Roos Gymnasium Assistant Coach and former Maties 7’s Coach
  • SASRII
Sas Rugby 2023 Andrea Damon

Andrea Damon

Physiotherapist SASRII

  • Joined SAS Rugby in September 2019
  • BSc Physiotherapy, MSc Exercise and Sport Physiotherapy
  • Specialises in musculoskeletal, orthopaedic and sports physiotherapy and rehabilitation. Injury prevention, management, and rehabilitation.
  • SASRII
Sas Rugby 2023 Armand Venter

Armand Venter

S&C Coach, Biokineticist & Sport Scientist SASRII

  • Joined SAS Rugby in September 2019
  • BA Honours in Sport Science and BA Honours in Biokinetics
  • Specialises in Orthopaedic rehabilitation and High-Performance training
  • SASRII
Sas Rugby 2023 Chris Dry

Chris Dry

Head of SAS 7s

  • Joined SAS Rugby in 2023 following his retirement after 12 seasons with SA Sevens.
  • Former Springbok 7s player who earned 373 caps in 74 tournaments between 2010 - 2021. Won 21 tournaments and 2 World Series titles. Participated in the 2020 Olympic Games and was part of the SA Sevens team who won gold at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
  • Former professional player for the Free State Cheetahs between 2009 - 2011 and 2017.
  • SAS Rugby 7s
Sas Rugby 2023 Nic Ferreria

Nic Ferreira

Assistant Coach SAS 7s

  • Joined SAS Rugby in 2019 as a skills and kicking coach having previously coached at St Andrew’s College.
  • After a couple seasons with the SASRII programme, he moved over to the SAS Sevens programme as Assistant coach in 2022.
  • Coaches Paul Roos Gymnasium U16A Team and 1 st 7s Team.
  • SAS Rugby 7s
Sas Rugby 2023 Werner Botha

Werner Botha

Sport Scientist SAS 7s

  • Joined SAS Rugby in 2018
  • National Diploma in Sport Science
  • Works with a variety of athletes focusing on return to play integration after injury, focusing on Sport/ Orthopaedic rehabilitation, Rehabilitation Pre- or Post-Operation, and High Performance Training.
  • SAS Rugby 7s
Sas Rugby 2023 Nadia Booyens

Nadia Booyens

Physiotherapist SAS 7s

  • Joined SAS Rugby in 2021. Previously worked at Villagers Rugby Club and with Rhinos Rugby 10s.
  • BSc Physiotherapy
  • Injury prevention, management and rehabilitation.
  • Specialist in the treatment of orthopedic and musculoskeletal injuries.
  • SAS Rugby 7s
Sas Rugby 2023 Georgie Trodd

Georgie Trodd

Strength and Conditioning SAS 7s

  • Joined SAS Rugby in 2023
  • BSc (Hons) Performance Sport
  • Rugby conditioning, data analysis, sports recovery.
  • Previously involved with SA Sevens Academy and SA U18 Rugby.
  • SAS Rugby 7s
Sas Rugby 2023 Franklin Van Wyk

Franklin van Wyk

Logistical Manager SAS

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    Follow the Action

    SASRII 2024 Hanekom Cup 🏆Get ready for an epic showdown! Next Friday, May 31st, at 10:00, the SASRII 2024 squad will battle it out on our home turf at Markötter.Yesterday, our team draft draw took place. Head coaches @juandejongh and @nic.ferreira selected their players, setting the stage for an intense face-off.Stay tuned to our socials all week for behind-the-scenes rivalry and excitement leading up to the big match!#sasrii #sasrugby #sasrii2024 #rugby #internationalrugbyprogramme #southafrica #rugbymatch #rivalry #competition #intense #teamspirit #grootgees
    Yesterday, the SASRII 2024 squad faced off against the Western Province International Rugby Institute 🏉Both SASRII teams emerged victorious after a hard-fought battle on the field. A big thank you to the UXi boys for challenging us and bringing their best to the pitch!#sasrii #sasrugby #sasrii2024 #rugby #internationalrugbyprogramme #southafrica
    Yesterday, the SASRII 2024 squad faced off against the Western Province International Rugby Institute 🏉Both SASRII teams emerged victorious after a hard-fought battle on the field. A big thank you to the UXi boys for challenging us and bringing their best to the pitch!#sasrii #sasrugby #sasrii2024 #rugby #internationalrugbyprogramme #southafrica
    Watch as SASRII lineout coach @ernstjoubert works with the boys in our indoor field facility.Ernst continues to elevate the team to new heights, blending his extensive experience with an unwavering commitment to excellence on and off the field.#sasrii #sasrugby #sasrii2024 #rugby #internationalrugbyprogramme #southafrica #lineout #rugbylineout #skills #rugbyskills #conditioningtraining
    Wrapping up Week 16 of the SASRII 2024 programme with focus and intensity.The boys are still going hard, showing incredible discipline and power on the field. Keep pushing, team! 💪#sasrii #sasrugby #sasrii2024 #rugby #internationalrugbyprogramme #southafrica
    The SASRII 2024 boys still bringing intensity and grit to the sessions in Week 16 of their programme 😤#sasrii #sasrugby #sasrii2024 #rugby #internationalrugbyprogramme #southafrica #mentality #sport #highintensity
    Happy days!Good energy and smiles all around this morning, a great ending to a solid week of hard work from the boys! 👏#sasrii #sasrugby #sasrii2024 #rugby #internationalrugbyprogramme #southafrica #happydays #goodenergy #fridayfeeling
    Destined to dominate.#sasrii #sasrugby #sasrii2024 #rugby #internationalrugbyprogramme #southafrica
    Tharquinn Manuel, proud player of our SASRII programme from 2020, showcased his skills as a centre for @tuksrugby in the @varsityshield tournament 🏉Not only did Tuks secure the championship, but Tharquinn also walked away with the “FNB Overall Player that Rocks” and “FNB Back that Rocks” awards for his outstanding performance. Keep making big moves, Tharquinn!#sasrii #sasrugby #rugby #sasalumni #internationalrugbyprogramme #southafrica
    The boys brought serious energy and power to the pitch this morning, putting in a massive shift during Week 16 of the SASRII programme.Keep up the hard work, lads!⚡️#sasrii #sasrugby #sasrii2024 #rugby #internationalrugbyprogramme #southafrica
    Pool recovery with the SASRII 2024 boys 💦After a tough game, our players hit the top-class recovery pool at the @sas_training_ facility. It’s not quite as chilly as an ice bath, but it’s pretty close to the waters of Clifton Beach. Each player has their own way of coping with the cold, leading to plenty of splashes and laughs. Recovery has never been so entertaining!#sasrii #sasrugby #sasrii2024 #rugby #internationalrugbyprogramme #southafrica #poolrecovery #postmatchrecovery #funny #laugh #rugbyboys
    Doing what we do best 😤Last night’s game against Helderberg RFC was a game of physicality and power! Our SASRII 2024 squad dominated the field, scoring a solid win. Props to Helderberg for bringing the heat!#sasrii #sasrugby #sasrii2024 #rugby #internationalrugbyprogramme #southafrica #rugbysouthafrica
    Today’s captain’s run was all about focus and preparation for tomorrow’s clash against Helderberg RFC ⚔️Despite the cold and gloomy weather, the SASRII 2024 squad is ready to bring the heat on the field tomorrow evening!#sasrii #sasrugby #sasrii2024 #rugby #internationalrugbyprogramme #southafrica #rugbysouthafrica
    Yesterday’s showdown with @durbell_rfc was a display of stellar rugby! Despite Durbell’s fierce challenge, the SASRII 2024 squad emerged victorious 💪A big thank you to @durbell_rfc for hosting us and providing an afternoon of top-notch rugby!#sasrii #sasrugby #sasrii2024 #rugby #internationalrugbyprogramme #southafrica
    Yesterday’s showdown with @durbell_rfc was a display of stellar rugby! Despite Durbell’s fierce challenge, the SASRII 2024 squad emerged victorious 💪A big thank you to @durbell_rfc for hosting us and providing an afternoon of top-notch rugby!#sasrii #sasrugby #sasrii2024 #rugby #internationalrugbyprogramme #southafrica
    Yesterday’s showdown with @durbell_rfc was a display of stellar rugby! Despite Durbell’s fierce challenge, the SASRII 2024 squad emerged victorious 💪A big thank you to @durbell_rfc for hosting us and providing an afternoon of top-notch rugby!#sasrii #sasrugby #sasrii2024 #rugby #internationalrugbyprogramme #southafrica
    “Keep Ball” Warm Up Drill🏉 Divide players into two teams within a square area on the field🏉 Players have to move the ball into space by passing or kicking the ball either forward or backward🏉 Once caught, the player must dot it on the ground and they have a maximum of three seconds to make the next pass or kickThis warm up gets players communicating, moving, works on their passing elements and ultimately connects their hands, minds and bodies. Building energy for the session ahead!#sasrii #sasrugby #sasrii2024 #rugby #internationalrugbyprogramme #southafrica #warmupdrill #skillsdrill #rugbyskills
    Back in action!💥The SASRII team is hitting the ground running after their tour, gearing up for tomorrow’s match against DHL WP U21. The energy is high and the gees is groot!Tomorrow’s match against DHL WP U21 will take place at Hamilton RFC @ 13h00.#sasrii #sasrugby #sasrii2024 #rugby #internationalrugbyprogramme #southafrica
    Working With The Ball Under Pressure🧨The game speeds up, defenses tighten, and players face increased pressure to find space and create opportunities. Receivers must be able to get into position, evade defenders and create openings to maintain possession of the ball.1. Warm-up: Have one player holding the ball with both hands in front of his chest while the other player throws some cones at him from about 2 or 3 meters away.2. Warm-up Progression: Building on the warm-up drill, add in a handoff. Get the player familiar with tucking the ball under one arm, handing off with the other and being explosive in their movements.3. Drill 1: Have one player hold both the ball and the tackle shield with the receiver about 1 meter away. The player receiving the ball has to move laterally before straightening and going forward.4. Drill 1 Progression: The receiver starts with his back turned and receives the ball as he turns around to face the other player and repeats the same Drill 1 sequence.5. Final Progression: The player starts with the ball balancing on the back of their neck, on the “Go” he spins around, picks up the ball and evades out of trouble, repeating the sequence of Drill 1. This drill sharpens and works on the following: 
- Reaction Skills
- Hand-eye coordination
- Explosive movementsThis drill is especially valuable for the forwards, including tight five loosies running as a pod of nine.#sasrugby #sasrii2024 #rugby #internationalrugbyprogramme #southafrica #rugbyskills #coachingtips #rugbytips
    SASRII 2024 Bloemfontein Tour ✔️#sasrii #sasrugby #sasrii2024 #rugby #internationalrugbyprogramme #southafrica #rugbytour
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