The second year of the SAS Rugby International Institute helped grow the reputation of the institute and offered players an even better insight in what to expect from professional rugby players.
The Institute is based at the Stellenbosch Academy of Sport. The 2018 programme started in January and came to an end in May. SASRII is spearheaded up by former professional player Ernst Joubert and assisted by the head coach Chris Rossouw also a former player.
“I think we got our target market now. Those off or under the radar players that have the potential to be professional rugby players,” said Joubert.
“It was a really good year for SASRII. The players worked hard. It was exciting to see players gaining weight and getting stronger thanks to our conditioning programme. We are very proud of our facilities and already looking forward to 2019. In our second year we worked hard on building relationships with various rugby unions all over the world.”
The five months at SASRII was a big learning curve for the players.
“SASRII was great to me. The programme is challenging. It taught me so much, not only about rugby, but about life as well,” said Marius Kearney.
Andy Jardine from Scotland added: “It was a brilliant five months. We got some great insights into the challenges of being a professional rugby player. But we also had a lot of fun and made some amazing memories.”
Another local player, Thembinkosi Mangwana, also talked about working hard on and off the field. “We had to work really hard and got a taste of what is required from players in a professional setup. Now we know what is expected and what the demands will be.”
Entries for SASRII 2019 are already open. For more information visit the SAS Rugby website www.sasrugby.com.View on Facebook