Podcast by SA Rugby
Episode 15 - Junior coaching with Bafana Nhleko and Chean Roux
Coaching plays an integral role in the development of younger rugby players, and the guests in this episode are Junior Springbok head coach Bafana Nhlelo and his predecessor Chean Roux, now involved with the SA Rugby Academy for U20s.
Episode 14 - Elite Player Development with Herman Masimla, Barry McDonald and Nico Serfontein
SA Rugby’s Elite Player Development programme started many years ago with the aim of creating a talent identification and development pathway for players from U16 level, up to U18, the Junior Springboks and ultimately the Springboks. Discussing how the EPD programme works are Herman Masimla, Nico Serfontein and Barry McDonald from the Rugby Department.
Episode 13 - Nutrition with Robyn Moore and Zeenat Simjee
Zeenat Simjee and Robyn Moore, who work as dieticians for SA Rugby, talk about the importance of nutrition, give some ideas on meals during training and on game day, and warn against pitfalls as the season kicks back into gear.
Episode 12 - Tim Qumbu on Strength and Conditioning
Tim Qumbu, who heads up S&C at SA Rugby, discusses training programmes and more, specifically aimed at players who are still at school as they prepare to return to competitive action after a year on the sidelines.
Episode 11 - Victor Matfield
When it comes to modern day Springboks, a few good men stand out as legends of the game. One of these is Victor Matfield, a towering lock in the literal and figurative sense of the word. Having cut his teeth on the hard fields of Polokwane and later Kimberley, Matfield made Pretoria his home and from there, dominated his opposition at hallowed grounds across the world. He’s gone on to earn 127 Test caps and captained the Springboks on 23 occasions, tasting success at every level of the game, culminating in Rugby World Cup success in 2007, where he was named Man of the Match in the final.
Episode 10 - Jacques Nienaber
Jacques Nienaber made a name for himself as arguably one of the best defence coaches in the world. In a move that created continuity from last year's Rugby World Cup victory in Japan, he was promoted to the Springbok head coach role early in 2020. In this podcast, we get to know the passionate Nienaber a bit better.