South Africa will be looking to build towards their 2019 RLWC qualifiers when a heritage based squad mixed in with players from the local South African competition take on Malta in Western Sydney this Sunday.
South African Rugby League has been awarded a youth development grant through the Australian government’s Direct Aid Programme. The $10,000 award will be matched dollar-for-dollar by South Africa Rugby League and will see the sport played in the schools of Pretoria.
South Africa Rugby League has named what chief operating officer Fanie Bredenhann describes as, “a strong, healthy and balanced train-on squad” ahead of the sport’s inaugural Middle East Africa World Cup Qualifiers later this month.
The Rhinos face Lebanon in a two-game series at the Bosman Stadium outside of Pretoria on 25 and 31 October, the first time that South Africa has hosted World Cup related games.
South Africa rugby league national head coach Brian Greige has begun selecting his squad for the forthcoming 2017 Rugby League World Cup Qualifiers – MEA, which will see his Rhinos face Lebanon in a two-game series, scheduled for 25th and 31st October at the Brakpan Stadium in Gauteng.
South African Rugby League is using the tour to Australia, the first one since 1963, not just to play two key international matches, but also to start with the program to expand the “league intelligence” of their players. As such, head coach Brian Greige used his extensive connection in Sydney to compile a very thorough training camp with some of the best coaches in the NRL at the moment.
The South African Rugby League Rhinos are set to embark on a tour to Australia to play two international matches in Sydney and take part in development training with NRL sides Manly Sea Eagles, Canterbury Bulldogs and Penrith Panthers.
It will be the first time since 1963 that South Africa’s national rugby league side has toured the Antipodes, the then Springboks playing two Tests against Australia, in Brisbane and Sydney, and one facing New Zealand at Carlaw Park, which they won 4-3.
It is with great pleasure that the Board of the South African Rugby League announces that Brian Griege of Australia has been selected as National Coach of the Rhinos for 2015.
He has just returned to Australia after a three month visit to South Africa where he was involved in the training of the Rhinos with great success.
Game 1: SARL Rhinos (10) vs British Community Lions (30) 3 December 2014 Groenkloof Stadium
Tuks Rugby League played hosts at Groenkloof Stadium on the 3rd of December 2014 to the first match between the Rhino’s and the Lions and it promised to be a tough one. The Lions had a warm up game against the Western Cape Combined Clubs, but they knew the Rhino’s is a totally different prospect.
Denzil Watson and Gamiet Waggie from the Western Cape Rugby Rugby League Association did a development camp in previous disadvantaged area Khayelitsha.
The day went of with great success and several youngsters were introduced to the game for the first time.
South African Rugby League has been hard at work in the past few weeks, embarking on an ambitious project to start qualifying all club coaches up to international standards. Working with the NRL and the AsiaPacific Rugby League Association, a long term project was initiated and Brian Greige, an international coaching moderator, has been sent to South Africa for 3 months to run various clinics and development programs.