School players get few opportunities to improve their rugby game outside of their school environment. Ensuring that you reach your rugby goals is a two-fold process – learning from as many sources as possible and making plenty of time for practice. During the school year, there is no time to seek external opportunities but in the school holidays players and coaches can participate in a rugby experience they will never forget.

Thinking of Christmas gifts for your rugby-mad relative? Our 5-Day Players’ and Coaches’ courses will provide them with an experience of a lifetime!  Taking place at St Charles College in Pietermaritzburg from 9 to 13 December, our Academy is the ideal activity for your son/ nephew to start his holiday by having fun, meeting new friends with similar interests and working with iconic players and coaches in the game.


Our Players’ Courses, welcoming boys aged 7 to 17, teach the skills and theory needed for each players’ level of the game; from the fundamental aspects to specific elements for their position. The sessions deal with a number of diverse aspects of the game, including:

  • skills,
  • mental toughness,
  • position-specific coaching and analysis,
  • rugby intelligence and
  • rugby specific conditioning.

Players are exposed to technical aspects of the game, while being mentored by former professionals to achieve their individual rugby goals and be directed on how to fulfil their highest potential.



School coaches work alongside the age-group of their interest as they go through latest skills drills and practice techniques with current coaches in the game. The key aspect to our Coaches’ Courses is to create a forum for coaches to share their experiences, seek advice from others and learn from each other in a community that has a shared passion for coaching.



Our coaches are varied in skill and experience, creating a knowledgeable team of professionals who provide the best insight to players and coaches alike. Some of the coaches in our line-up for this course include:

  • Dick Muir – Former Springbok Assistant Coach

Role at academy: Philosophy and Back Attack


  • Ian Mcintosch – Former Springbok Coach

Role at academy: Selection and Continuity


  • Braam van Straaten – Former Wallabies, Lions and current Sharks Kicking Coach

Role at academy: Tackle Techniques and Kicking


  • Greg Miller – Managing Director of the Investec International Rugby Academy,

Role at academy: Facilitator and Skills


  • Ryno Combrinck – Director of Rugby at Michaelhouse
    Role at academy
    : 5-Day Players’ Coach


  • Ian Mcdonald – Former Springbok and Lions Coach
    Role at academy: The Breakdown


  • Mark Steele – Springboks and Sharks Conditioning Coach
    Role at academy: Rugby Specific Training


  • Ruan Fourie – Former Sharks Physiotherapist
    Role at academy: Recovery and Rehydration


  • Paul Anthony – Former Coach for Bulls and current Coach Sharks Super Rugby
    Role at academy: Phase Play
  • Marius Hurter – Former Springbok Player
    Role at academy: Scrumming and Position-Specific Prop Coach


  • Hentie Maartens – Former Springbok Player

Role at academy: Position-Specific Scrumhalf Coach


  • Michael Horak – Former England and Cheetahs Player, EP Kings Coach, and current Sharks Super Rugby Coach
    Role at academy: Structure and Patterns


  • Murray Mexted – Former All Blacks Player
    Role at academy: Mental Toughness


  • Grant Bashford – Former Sharks Super Rugby Coach
    Role at academy: Defense


  • Nico Le Roux – Former All Blacks, Blues and Chiefs Technical Advisor
    Role at academy: Ball in Contact
  • John Smit – Springbok Coach

Role at academy: Position-Specific Hooker Coach

  • Jacques Botes – Most Capped Rugby Player in SA
    Role at academy: Position-Specific Loose Forward Coach


With all these rugby legends attending this December, the only thing that is missing is you! To join us from 9 to 13 December at St Charles College, register here