SAS Rugby Management

& Coaching Staff

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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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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

Join Matt Johnston as he breaks down the 15s game at the SAS Rugby Coaching Seminar 2023! 

Explore key insights from the 2023 Rugby World Cup, understand game differences across unions, and explore the stats behind South African success. Discover how to measure what matters for your game plan. 

Get ready to decode the game’s intricacies and elevate your coaching strategy! 

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We are delighted to announce that the SASRII 2024 programme is now at full capacity. As we look forward to the exciting programme ahead, keep an eye out for the opening of applications for SASRII 2025 next year.

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At the SAS Rugby Coaching Seminar, @desryan75 will share practical examples from Irish Rugby and the Arsenal Academy. Discover evidence-based Youth Athletic Development programs and the physical development frameworks that have powered these prestigious institutions.

Learn the essential processes for nurturing players to be their best, guided by the best available evidence for physical development across different age groups. Don’t miss this expert’s deep insights into player development!

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An incredible weekend of rugby at the News24 Forward Faster 7s Tournament!🔥

Our SAS 7s squad emerged as the runners-up after two days of exciting rugby. Their dedication over the past few months was evident on the field. A remarkable achievement and a testament to their hard work. Congratulations, boys!

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Excitement is building for the upcoming News24 tournament in Stellenbosch this weekend!

As the SAS 7s programme nears its end in November, our squad is fired up and ready to hit the field🏉

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Proud moments as two of our SAS 7s players took the field alongside the @blitzboks over the weekend in a few friendly games with SAS 7s & @aussie7s 👏🏼

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Focused and Prepared✔️

Yesterday’s captain’s run was all about preparation for today’s game against the @aussie7s team, who are here at @sas_training_ for their training camp. 

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To register or for more information about the SAS Rugby Coaching Seminar 2023, please contact Alexa on ✔️

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Well deserved, boys🔥

Our SAS 7s team enjoyed a well-deserved team-building braai on Friday, a reward for the dedication they’ve shown over the past months as they gear up for the game weeks ahead. 

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The program for our upcoming annual SAS Rugby Coaching Seminar, scheduled from December 6th to 8th 2023. 

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We look forward to welcoming you!🏉

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Big ups to the boys from down under!🇦🇺 

Today, our SAS 7s squad had the opportunity to experience a solid scrags session with the @aussie7s team.

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Join us for the prestigious annual SAS Rugby Coaching Seminar. We are honored to announce our esteemed lineup of speakers, which includes renowned figures such as Joe Shaw, Matt Proudfoot, Vlok Cilliers and Mike Friday, with more announcements to follow. 

DATE: 6-8 December 2023
LOCATION: Stellenbosch Academy of Sport

Secure your place by reaching out to Alexa via the provided email address above. 

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SAS 7s Game Day vs @forwardfoundationsa 

“The games went very well. It was a good reflection of where we are as a team. Performance wise, there were good aspects and some things we’re going to continue to work on. But again, that’s the idea behind this. Most importantly, the guys had a good opportunity, and now we’ve got a good way of measuring where they are.” - @chrisdry7 

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SAS 7s - Block 3 

The hustle continues as we continue into Block 3 of the SAS 7s programme this week. 

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SAS 7s x @sweat_1000 

As the boys prepare to head into their upcoming game block, we brought them out to SWEAT1000 for their game-changer. SWEAT, which stands for Specialized Weight Endurance Athletic Training, is about pushing limits. The ‘1000’ represents the calories burned in the 1-hour workout, integrating the best components of interval training, functional training, core stability work, athletic training, and agility training. 

Big thank you to the SWEAT1000 team and @andrewsweat1000 and @paulsweat1000 for the incredible experience!

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Mid-session cool down. 

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The SAS 7s players are back in action this week with Block 2 in full swing! Here’s what Head Coach @chrisdry7 had to share after today’s dynamic session with the Blitzboks:

“Programme is going very well. Intensity is picking up. We are at a stage where we are combining training as well as conditioning. We had a good run-in with the @blitzboks this morning and we’re heavily focused to get some good structures and execution for the next block.”

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