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Muir’s brainchild moves to Michaelhouse


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :In the news on 9 Jul 2009 at 09:45
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The second phase of the Investec International Rugby Academy South Africa (IRASA) kicked off with an advanced course at Michaelhouse in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands on Sunday.

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And Springbok assistant coach Dick Muir, who heads up IRASA, said he was thrilled to bring the academy to his home province and is delighted with the progress shown so far.

“Following the success of the first high performance course in Pretoria, we were naturally a little apprehensive about the second,” Muir said fromMichaelhouse, where he is facilitating the week-long course along with a collection of the game’s top coaches and former players.

“But we have enjoyed the same levels of commitment and accomplishment. Not only is the course at full capacity with 15 coaches and 30 players, but we’ve also managed to attract an Englishman and two Scotsman.”

The coaches and players have been put through their paces from sunrise to sunset since Sunday. The seven-day Advanced Coaches’ Course, which will run throughout the week before ending on Saturday, is aimed at ambitious club, age-grade representative and school coaches. It runs alongside an Advanced Players’ Course for promising rugby players aged 16 to 18 years.

“It’s been a busy couple of days, packed with activities, but it’s going great. I don’t want to single anyone out, but I’ve already identified some impressive youngsters, especially from Westville High and Afrikaanse Hoër Seunskool.”

The Investec International Rugby Academy South Africa is based on the original International Rugby Academy which was started in New Zealand in 2001 by former All Black Murray Mexted. The courses are aimed at providing intensive, high-level rugby tuition to players and coaches seeking a career in the game, or those already involved.

“Rugby has grown rapidly over the last few years. It’s become a truly global sport. We believe the Investec International Rugby Academy South Africa in filling the real demand for quality rugby education,” said Muir.

“This course allows coaches and players to interact with top coaches and ex-players such as Hugh Reece-Edwards, Johan Ackermann, Gary Teichmann, Naas Botha, Ian MacDonald, Albert van den Berg, Dougie Heymans, John Allan, Garth Wright, Ray Mordt and Breyton Paulse.

“They work with and learn from these leading figures in the game, and without the academy, such an opportunity would never otherwise have been there.”



20 Comments

  • so Albert van den Berg is a former player now? :)

  • Comment 1, posted at 09.07.09 09:49:18 by robdylan Reply
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  • Ruan is also with teh academy, not?

  • Comment 2, posted at 09.07.09 09:55:06 by Prof. Ice Reply
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  • @Prof. Ice (Comment 2) : si

  • Comment 3, posted at 09.07.09 10:09:24 by robdylan Reply
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  • Methinks the really talented 16 – 18 year olds will be preparing for or playing in Craven Weeks at the moment.

  • Comment 4, posted at 09.07.09 10:47:36 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 4) : True that. When is it? Next week?

  • Comment 5, posted at 09.07.09 10:56:26 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 5) :
    The under 16 week is on at the moment in Riversdal.
    The big boys start next week in East Londen.

    Despite them not being present for this course it seems as if there is more than enough talent that has slipped through the official selections for DM to get excited about.

  • Comment 6, posted at 09.07.09 11:45:59 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 6) : and glad that some of it is at Westville :)

  • Comment 7, posted at 09.07.09 12:06:19 by robdylan Reply
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  • So is DM not with the Boks at the moment?…..does this mean the Boks are not training this week?

  • Comment 8, posted at 09.07.09 12:07:57 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 7) :
    If I remember correctly Westville has had some good results so far this season and, again if memory is working, there are very few of their boys in the Natal Craven week teams so I suppose they are a strong bunch at the course. Glenwood seems to dominate most teams. John Allen will be smilling.

  • Comment 9, posted at 09.07.09 12:14:45 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 7) : are you a westville boy?

  • Comment 10, posted at 09.07.09 12:27:13 by try time (superrugby's kryptonite is SANZAR) Reply

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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 9) : only lost to glenwood in their last game. otherwise unbeaten against the big boys.

  • Comment 11, posted at 09.07.09 12:27:58 by try time (superrugby's kryptonite is SANZAR) Reply

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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 9) : also have a lot of grade 11′s in the 1st team, so it bodes well for next year.

  • Comment 12, posted at 09.07.09 12:28:54 by try time (superrugby's kryptonite is SANZAR) Reply

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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 9) :

    While on the subject of schools.

    While watching the Springbok Legends v the Lions Legends at Old boys RC in Dbn while on vac i bumped into a mate of mine who used to ref with me in SA. He is now the Sporting director for Northwood. :cool:

  • Comment 13, posted at 09.07.09 12:32:47 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @try time (superrugby’s kryptonite is SANZAR) (Comment 10) : I’m from the school that had two old-boys in the Bok front row against the Lions on Saturday.

  • Comment 14, posted at 09.07.09 12:44:11 by robdylan Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 13) :
    Is that the job once held by Campo?
    BTW did you have a good vac in the homeland?

  • Comment 15, posted at 09.07.09 12:44:29 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 13) : did you chat about Campese?

  • Comment 16, posted at 09.07.09 12:44:36 by robdylan Reply
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  • @try time (superrugby’s kryptonite is SANZAR) (Comment 12) :
    Seems as if Westville will be the one to watch next year.
    What was the score against Glenwood?

  • Comment 17, posted at 09.07.09 12:46:49 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 15) :

    Yip.

    He took over from Campo and some other guy whose name I didn’t catch.

    Holiday was a blast. some picks on FB.

  • Comment 18, posted at 09.07.09 12:52:46 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 16) :

    Nope we were watching Rugby and talking about reffing.

  • Comment 19, posted at 09.07.09 12:53:20 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 17) : can’t remember exactly, but it was close to the bok lions score in the last game. sounds like wbhs just didn’t have enough in the tank to make it through to the end of the season. like the sharks.

  • Comment 20, posted at 09.07.09 13:52:43 by try time (superrugby's kryptonite is SANZAR) Reply

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