SAS Rugby International Institute


What does the Programme offer?

The SAS Rugby International Institute (SASRII) is an international, 5-month, high performance rugby preparation programme to develop talent from across the world.
  • Individual positional coaching and context development (playing for a team)
  • Rugby experience and networking in a different environment
  • Sustainable exchange programme whereby interaction between this programme and staff from clubs participating will develop into a long term relationships
  • Can help clubs with scouting and recruitment of South African players qualifying to play rugby in the UK
  • Use it as an incentive for players who are performing
  • Game time against quality teams of the same age group
  • The same high performance conditioning and medical team working with SA Rugby Sevens and Western Province U/19 players
  • Access to the top medical practitioners who are working with South African top athletes
  • Player progress reports to coaches as well as feedback on specific player focus areas (if requested)
  • All participants staying together in a very safe facility under supervision
  • A very generous exchange rate for visiting players.


Ages 18 – 20


Feb – Jun 2021

Guest Coaches

Previous guest coaches included Phil Davies & John Mitchell


UCT (University of Cape Town), SWD (South Western District), Eastern Province, WP Invitational, SA Academy, Maties (University of Stellenbosch)

Player Reports

Full detailed player feedback reports on the following: Individual Benchmarking, Medical, Conditioning Statistics, Player Performance Plan, Lifestyle & Professionalism.

All Inclusive

24H secured accommodation & high quality, nutritional meals included.

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SASRII Coaches

Jacques Hanekom

Head of Rugby

    Johan van Wyk

    Head of Performance

      Ernst Joubert

      Head of SASRII

        Corné Uys

        Head Coach

          Armand Venter

          SASRII – Strength & Conditioning Coach / Biokineticist / Sport Scientist

            Andrea Damon

            SASRII – Physiotherapy

              SASRII Highlights

              View the SASRII Player Database Player Archive

              Included in the Programme:

              • Accommodation (with 24 hours/7 days a week security)
              • 3x meals per day
              • Food Supplementation
              • Playing & Training Kit
              • Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation
              • Sports Strapping
              • Programme Entertainment
              • Access to a world class gymnasium
              • Access to outdoor and indoor training fields
              • Access to recovery facilities
              • Tour during the Match Block

              Application Form

              For more information about the SASRII programme, contact Ernst Joubert, the Head of SASRII:

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              Matt Marsh

              Exeter Chiefs, UK

              SAS Rugby has given me an insight into what a professional environment is like and made me realise how badly I want to pursue rugby as a career. The coaches are top class and individualise your programmes to try and enable you to be the best you can be which personally has helped me very much. Finally, the SASRII team is nothing like I've ever experienced before as a group of players from all over the world are put together. It's amazing how quickly we have all bonded, knowing I will have friends for life all over the world is pretty cool.