The Western Province Rugby Football Union is fortunate to have a big pool of schoolboy rugby players, but it is crucial for these aspiring players to have a pathway to success – even from a young age.
Not only do these players represent Western Province at schoolboy level, from U12 through to U18, but these players will also hopefully form the nucleus of future DHL Stormers and DHL Western Province senior teams.
The best young talent is identified at Under-12 level already for the Elite Squads of the Bestmed School of Excellence, where they undergo training and are prepared for selection to the DHL WP U13 team that competes in the Coca-Cola U13 Craven Week.
The best of that talent is retained, nurtured, grown and added to at an U15 level with Elite Squads identified and prepared for selection to the DHL WP U16 teams for the Coca-Cola U16 Grant Khomo Week.
The same process is followed at the U17 age group level for the DHL WP U18 teams that participate in the Coca-Cola U18 Craven Week and Coca-Cola U18 Academy Week.
Players are invited to trials in September of every year where training squads for the Bestmed School of Excellence are finalised. These squads receive gym programmes and are also exposed to on-field sessions until October under the guidance of the High Performance Department.
At U16 level the players currently in the programme, together with other players at this age group, are invited to trials in March to select final squads for the Coca-Cola U16 Grant Khomo Week. A management team is appointed to coach and manage the team prior to and during the tournaments. After the tournament, mentors are assigned to the players and they are retained within the programme.
At U17 level the High Performance Department receive nominations from school coaches of players that could be included in the Bestmed School of Excellence squad. These nominations are then verified against current players in the Coca-Cola U16 Grant Khomo Week squad of the previous year to ensure that no players are left out. In September every year the final squads are selected and the players are then issued with gym programmes and also attend on-field sessions until October. Schools coaches are appointed to mentor the players and further advise the players with respect to continued personal development.
At U18 level, players from the programme together with additional players nominated by schools, are invited for trials between March and May every year, to select final training squads for the Coca-Cola U18 Craven Week. A management team to coach and manage the team prior to and during the tournament is appointed.
Structures and expert staff are in place to ensure that the top schoolboy players are identified at an early age and placed in a mentorship programme which pairs them with a senior DHL Stormers player, who oversees their development and is able to provide guidance both on and off the field, schooling them in the Western Province way and showing them what it takes to be a professional Western Province athlete.
The on-field results of this structured programme of identification, development and retention over the last five years speak for themselves:
At the end of their time with the Bestmed School of Excellence players are selected for inclusion at at the Western Province Rugby Institute and Western Province Rugby Academy to continue their development towards becoming a professional rugby player.
Current and former DHL Western Province and DHL Stormers stars that have passed through DHL Western Province U16 Grant Khomo selection, include Dewaldt Duvenage, Frans Malherbe, Nizaam Carr and Sikhumbuzo Notshe.
Current and former DHL Western Province and DHL Stormers stars that have also passed through DHL Western Province Craven Week selection include Jean de Villiers, Cheslin Kolbe, Dillyn Leyds, Frans Malherbe, Steven Kitshoff, Eben Etzebeth, Louis Schreuder, Kobus van Wyk and Justin Geduld.
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DHL Western Province U18 Coca-Cola Craven Week squad: Reece Bezuidenhout (Paarl Boys), Andre Booysen (Paarl Gim), Deon Carstens (Boland Landbou), Ben-Jason Dixon (Paul Roos), Muller Du Plessis (Paarl Gim), Quan Eymaan (Brackenfell), Jesse Johnson (Paul Roos), Liam Larkan (SACS), Tristan Leitch (Paul Roos), Gianni Lombard (Paarl Boys), Athi Magwala (Boland Landbou), Mike Mavonana (Rondebosch Boys), Salmaan Moerat (Captain, Paarl Boys), Khanya Ncusane (Paarl Boys), Manuel Rass (Paarl Boys), Lubelo Scott (Bishops), Charl Serdyn (Paarl Boys), Muller Uys (Paarl Gim), Damian Willemse (Paul Roos).
Head Coach: Elmo Wolfaardt (Paarl Boys)
Assistant Coach: Faizel Adam (Florida High)
Team Manager: Frikkie Coetzer (Parow High)
DHL Western Province U18 Academy Week squad: Thaakir Abrahams (Paarl Boys), Keegan Adams (Western Cape Sports School), Heinrich Brendel (Captain, Boland Landbou), Zac Burger (Paarl Gim), Angelo Davids (Stellenberg), Brendan De Kock (Brackenfell), Vian Fourie (Paarl Boys), Matthew Grobler (Rondebosch Boys), Francke Horn (Paarl Boys), Urgene Johannes (Paarl Boys), Labeeb Kannemeyer (Wynberg Boys), Ian Ketwanga (Parklands), Kenan Adams (Western Cape Sports School), Aydon Topley (Paul Roos),
Head Coach: Clinton Van Rensburg (Rondebosch Boys)
Assistant Coach: Ebrahim Moerat (Groote Schuur High)
Team Manager: Pieter Janse Van Rensburg (Gardens Commercial)
DHL Western Province U16 Grant Khomo Week squad: Adrian Alberts (Captain, Paarl Boys), Roubert Bester (Paarl Boys), Juan Beukes (Paarl Gim), Justin Cupido (Stellenberg), JG De Bruyn (Paarl Boys), Thoubaan Gabriels (Cape Sport Academy), Mogamat Noegh Hayward (Paarl Boys), Jessie Herbron (Stellenberg), Louwan Horne (Paarl Boys), Hanro Jacobs (Paul Roos), Jason Jansen (Stellenberg), Renier Janse Van Rensburg (Paarl Boys), Jean Jacque Kotze (Paul Roos), Mihlali Mgolodela (Rondebosch Boys), Juan Mostert (Paul Roos), Lindokuhle Ncusana (Stellenberg), Nivan Pietersen (Stellenberg), Justin Reynolds (Rondebosch Boys), William Rose (Bishops), Raven Smith (Wynberg Boys), Damian Swartz (Paul Roos), Marcqiewn Titus (Brackenfell), Brendan Venter (Paul Roos).
Head Coach: Sean Erasmus (Paarl Boys)
Assistant Coach: Thembani Ngubelanga (Iqhayiya High)
Team Manager: Peter Brockman (Strandfontein High)
DHL Western Province U16 Grant Khomo XV squad: Souley Binkas (Milnerton High), Simon Carstens (Paarl Boys), David Coerie (Paarl Boys), Mathew Cordy (Paul Roos), Remy Engelbrecht (Paul Roos), Darren Hedricks (Boland Landbou), Nahum Johannes (Stellenberg), Anathi Kalipa (SACS), Dawid Kellerman (Paul Roos), Darren Lewis (Paarl Boys), Fabrice Nahimana (SACS), Breyton Poole (Paul Roos), Arminn Posthumus (Paarl Boys), Jean Jacques Rossouw (Paarl Gim), Johannes Strauss (Rondebosch Boys), Carlo Uys (Paarl Boys), Mickyle Vraagom (Milnerton High), Luthando Woji (Wynberg Boys),
Head Coach: Heinrich Martin (Milnerton High)
Assistant Coach: Therlow Pietersen (HTS Bellville)
Team Manager: Phillip Van Rooyen (Excelsior)
DHL Western Province U13 Coca Cola Craven Week squad: Ewan Arendse (Paarl Boys), Leon Best (Welgemoed), Kian Carstens (Panorama), Carlos Da Costa (Sun Valley), Jacobus De Villiers (Paarl Boys), Dante Driesen (Lochnerhof), Jade Filane (Parow Oos), Jaid Jacobs (Stellenbosch), Adin Januarie (Paarl Boys), Daniel Kalel (Reddam House), Michael Koch (Gene Louw), Hakeem Kunene (Paarl Boys), Corne Lavagna (De Tyger), Mark Lewis (De Kuilen), Reece Montsumi (Excelsior), Saihaan Mukaddam (Paarl Boys), Jan Slabbert (Eikestad), Keagan Smith (Lochnerhof), Aaiden Snyman (Paarl Boys), Corne Swart (Paarl Gim), Reinhard Van der Westhuizen (Kenridge), Albert Van Heerden (Lochnerhof), Compion Von Ludwig (Durbanville).
Head Coach: SW Verster
Assistant Coach: Ruben Abels
Manager: Abraham Douries
DHL Western Province U13 XV squad: Hudhaifa August (Primrose), Corbin Benjamin (Monte Vista), Charles Booysen (Beaumont), Reece Burger (Van Riebeekstrand), Connor Davis (Kenridge), Cayno February (Gordon’s Bay), Curtley February (Wynberg Boys), Fanie Fourie (Durbanville), C Groenewald (Brackenfell), Jan Pagel Hanekom (Paarl Gim), Keanu Julies (Van Riebeekstrand), Conrad Kruger (Lochnerhof), Liam Le Roux (Paarl Boys), Willie Liebenberg (Lochnerhof), Abraham Louw (Paarl Boys), Wayde Luke (Somerset-West), Hendrik Malherbe (Stellenbosch), Yolisa Mbombela (Liwa Primary), Luca Ribbens (Durbanville), Damon Schalkwyk (Northway), Hendrik Siebenhagen (Paarl Gim), Bevan Simmons (Brackenfell), Hanno Wessels (Durbanville).
Head Coach: Chris Zondagh
Assistant Coach: Jaco van Schalkwyk
Manager: Melchior Pietersen
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