Johannesburg – Junior Springbok assistant coach Bafana Nhleko and his SA Schools counterparts wrapped up a series of Elite Player Development (EDP) webinars with school coaches from across the country on Friday.
The webinars were aimed at aligning SA Rugby’s structures with the schools, which seeks to ensure an effective pathway to the SA schools and junior Springbok teams in future.
Nhleko was joined by SA Schools coach Lance Sendin and SA Schools ‘A’ coach Wessle du Plessis, as well as their respective assistant coaches, Cobus van Dyk and Katleho Lynch.
They participated in webinars with the Under-16 and Under-18 SA Rugby Youth Week coaches and schools coaches to outline the fundamental skills required at age-group international level.
Erasmus said: “The international game is different to inter-schools rugby, and with that the players require a different skill-set, so by sharing our SA Schools blueprint with the schools coaches we may be able to close that gap
“This is particularly important from a preparation point of view when the players reach the SA Schools teams, as they play physically demanding matches at school on the Saturday and assemble in camp on Sunday only to play their first international on the Friday, so there is very little time to work on their skills.
“By aligning these structures and positional requirements, the SA Schools coaches will be able to spend more time working on their system, which is vital if one considers that the teams face the likes of England, France and Ireland, who enter the Under-18 International Series after a Six Nations campaign.”