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Saders CEO selling porky pies

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news on 24 May 2010 at 19:09
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Crusaders Chief Executive Hamish Riach might have been rather liberal with the truth last week when he denied allegations that his franchise was attempting to poach some of South Africa’s rising young rugby stars.

On Friday last week rugby365.com reported that the South African Rugby Union had moved swiftly to end the Crusaders’ poaching project. Johan Prinsloo, the SARU CEO, said they had been in contact with the New Zealand Rugby Union to put an end to the poaching scam.

But Riach has since denied there was anything sinister about the Crusaders’ involvement in what he has labelled a “private sporting academy” in Centurion, near Pretoria.

“This is wrong, they have completely got the wrong end of the stick. To say we are intending to pinch their players is completely untrue,” the Crusaders boss told The Press newspaper in Christchurch.

However, rugby365.com can now, exclusively, reveal the full contents of the letter sent to South African schools – in which the Crusaders’ true involvement in this supposed academy is revealed.

Speaking of a “nationwide programme of talent identification” in South Africa, the letter also makes it very obvious that participation in the programme offers as reward “post-matric opportunities in Christchurch”.

The letter – signed by Jacques van Heerden, the Project Manager, who is seemingly acting as an ‘agent’ for the Crusaders – also makes it clear that as part of the talent identification, the Crusaders are hosting an “all expenses paid training camp in Pretoria”.

In another eye-opening revelation, the letter offers free access to the camp for Sports Master that contributes “five or more players” to the July event and a chance for said Sports Masters to be invited to Christchurch next year.

While Riach insisted that the Crusaders had entered only into a “commercial licensing agreement” with the academy – which also involves sports such as golf, swimming and football – he acknowledged that the franchise would benefit financially from the licensing agreement.

It is also very clear that the Project Manager, Van Heerden, is acting as an agent for the Crusaders. What is not clear is what benefit the project has for South African rugby.

Here is the letter, in full, sent by Jacques van Heerden to leading South African schools:

“17 May 2010; Dear Sir

“Crusaders of New Zealand is planning a nationwide programme of talent identification in South Africa, with the goal of offering this country’s most exciting young prospects a variety of opportunities to experience the culture of New Zealand’s most successful Super Rugby franchise. A unique programme of elite performance coaching has been developed for young players in South Africa in addition to post-matric opportunities in Christchurch.

“As part of the talent identification Crusaders is hosting an all expenses paid training camp in Pretoria from 5-10 July. Hosted by coach Todd Blackadder and several former Crusaders test players, the camp will feature 18 sessions of world-class conditioning and coaching presented by recognised experts and coaches. Each player will undergo an intensive physiological assessment and receive a detailed report of his results. Career advice and information will be presented by a sport agent, and the entertainment programme will include access to the FIFA World Cup and other premier events.

“Entrance to the camp is by invitation only, and 60 U16 players will be chosen from across South Africa to attend – where they will compete for selection in 2011. In order to identify the group of 60, Crusaders will be hosting assessments according to the following schedule:
*Thursday, 27 May – Pretoria
*Friday, 28 May – Johannesburg
*Monday, 31 May – Bloemfontein
*Tuesday, 1 June – Cape Town
*Wednesday, 2 June – Port Elizabeth
*Thursday, 3 June – Durban

“The assessments will include full anthropometric, strength and fitness testing and physiological evaluation by Players Performance Management. Attendance of the assessments is free and also by invitation only. It is our request that you identify the two best U16 players in each position at your institution and submit them for assessment. The 60 best players from around the country will be selected on the basis of their performance and travel to Pretoria in July.

“Crusaders is offering a unique long-term opportunity for talented players, and I trust we will enjoy your full support in securing their future. The Sports Master from each school that contributes five or more players to the July training camp will be invited to attend and be hosted by Crusaders. Five of these masters will be selected at the end of the camp to travel to New Zealand in January with members of the management team.

“Please confirm your intention to submit your players for assessment before the end of Wednesday, 19 May. Application forms and confirmation of assessment venues will be supplied upon reply, for completion and return by no later than Monday, 24 May.

“Best Regards; Jacques van Heerden; Project Manager.”

Article Courtesy of Rugby 365 editor Jan De Koning.


  • LIAR LIAR pants on fire.

  • Comment 1, posted at 24.05.10 19:19:33 by KSA Stormer © Reply
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  • Firstly let me say that I love the title of this thread!! 😆
    Secondly, who are they trying to fool?? SARU must be commended for the way in which they handled this by contacting their counterparts in NZ!!

  • Comment 2, posted at 24.05.10 19:23:47 by wpw Reply
  • Who cares? Let them pinch. The more South Africans appearing in international teams a la the England cricket team the better the situation in this country will be highlighted.

  • Comment 3, posted at 24.05.10 19:28:27 by klempie Reply

  • @klempie (Comment 3) :

    you are busy ruining a friendship 😳

  • Comment 4, posted at 24.05.10 19:32:09 by KSA Stormer © Reply

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  • Well me don’t know everybody say this and that and at the old end of everything it happens 😥

    👿 and if and a very big if just leave our SA alone you got your youth let us be find your own
    and my no names but me and the rest will hunt you down to devils dealth eeaaaaa 😉 ❗ ❗ ❗

  • Comment 5, posted at 24.05.10 19:34:14 by stormy chaz Reply

  • @klempie (Comment 3) : 👿 👿 👿 👿 👿 👿 😈 😈 😉

  • Comment 6, posted at 24.05.10 19:34:50 by stormy chaz Reply

  • @KSA Stormer © (Comment 4) : Ours?

  • Comment 7, posted at 24.05.10 19:35:21 by klempie Reply

  • Now where’s HH when there’s an opportunity to throw mud at his closet team? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 8, posted at 24.05.10 19:36:10 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @klempie (Comment 7) :

    Yours with the site. Stay away from politics please.

  • Comment 9, posted at 24.05.10 19:36:59 by KSA Stormer © Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 3) : Aint much better elsewhere in the world, rather the devil you know than the one you don’t. 😉

  • Comment 10, posted at 24.05.10 19:37:13 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 8) : More importantly, this must mean a MASSIVE conflict of interest for MEGATRON! 😈 😈

  • Comment 11, posted at 24.05.10 19:37:25 by klempie Reply

  • @KSA Stormer © (Comment 9) : What politics? I didn’t mention any.

  • Comment 12, posted at 24.05.10 19:38:00 by klempie Reply

  • @klempie (Comment 11) : oh troll magatron 👿 😈

  • Comment 13, posted at 24.05.10 19:39:22 by stormy chaz Reply

  • @klempie (Comment 12) :

    removing the word from your comment doesn’t help THAT much. 😆

  • Comment 14, posted at 24.05.10 19:39:39 by KSA Stormer © Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 11) : hehehehehehehehehehe, grovel grovel, cringe-bow-stoop-fall, thank-you thank-you, blah blah blah blah (Joseph’s technicolor dream coat in case you were wondering, a musical).

    Funny how the MIGHTY NZ now tries sucking at the green and gold tit. 😆

  • Comment 15, posted at 24.05.10 19:40:30 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @KSA Stormer © (Comment 14) : Why? Cos everyone knows exactly what I mean without it?

  • Comment 16, posted at 24.05.10 19:40:54 by klempie Reply

  • Everyone knows we have the BEST schoolboy system in the world and the Crusaders want a bite at the apple, and they don’t care that it is hanging in someone elses garden.

  • Comment 17, posted at 24.05.10 19:41:27 by KSA Stormer © Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 11) :

    Where is Megatron this week? That social life of his picks up quite a bit everytime his team loses. 😛

  • Comment 18, posted at 24.05.10 19:42:56 by KSA Stormer © Reply

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  • @KSA Stormer © (Comment 17) : Just like the Poms know SA kids are far more mature and driven than their Pommie counterparts. 😎

  • Comment 19, posted at 24.05.10 19:43:00 by klempie Reply

  • @KSA Stormer © (Comment 18) : 😀 😆

  • Comment 20, posted at 24.05.10 19:43:26 by klempie Reply

  • @KSA Stormer © (Comment 17) : Bet they couldn’t have cared less 5 years ago.

    Oh how the mighty hath fallen.

    I know I’m getting way ahead of myself, but it’s fun to finally have pulled one over them. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 21, posted at 24.05.10 19:43:41 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @KSA Stormer © (Comment 18) : He actually congratulated the Nulle on their win :green-in-the-face-finger-down-my-throat-puking-my-lungs-out-emoticon:

    He must be really desperate, probably also becoming true to the dutch-blue. eeeeuuuuuwwwwwww

  • Comment 22, posted at 24.05.10 19:46:27 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • On the other hand – a lot of the schoolboys will never make it through the system here – why not give them the opportunity at Crusaders.

    Shouldn’t it rather motivate local unions to offer similar or better incentives.

  • Comment 23, posted at 24.05.10 19:46:42 by rekinek Reply
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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 21) :

    I’d be dead keen to see if this training camp goes ahead.

  • Comment 24, posted at 24.05.10 19:46:54 by KSA Stormer © Reply

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  • @rekinek (Comment 23) :

    Let the Saders take what we don’t use, not pick from what they want at 16 years old already.

  • Comment 25, posted at 24.05.10 19:47:42 by KSA Stormer © Reply

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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 22) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 26, posted at 24.05.10 19:47:56 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 23) : I think they know where most schoolboys will want to go, leaving the Nulle with nothing.

  • Comment 27, posted at 24.05.10 19:49:36 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @KSA Stormer © (Comment 25) : Why? It makes sense to take them at 16. By 20 they qualify to play for NZ. 😐

  • Comment 28, posted at 24.05.10 19:49:53 by klempie Reply

  • @KSA Stormer © (Comment 25) : this letter does not seem to contain a restraint … so nothing stops local uions from making offers to the boys – once they are uniquely trained in NZ 😆

  • Comment 29, posted at 24.05.10 19:50:02 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 29) :

    provided they haven’t signed any contracts that is.

    get my point? 😛

  • Comment 30, posted at 24.05.10 19:56:32 by KSA Stormer © Reply

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  • @rekinek (Comment 29) : So for the best team in the world you need SA boys, gone through a kiwi academy, coached by an ozzie backline coach and a local forwards coach, managed by a local coach who’s never played a day of professional rugby. 😆

    I think that might actually work, look at Frans Steyn (exception being Dick Muir having played pro rugby – I think it just went pro at the end of his career), Frans apparently went to Mexted’s academy and was coached at the Sharks by Campo.

    I think we’ve solved it, when will we be buying the Sharks team, we’ll get them right in an instant. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 31, posted at 24.05.10 19:56:54 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @klempie (Comment 28) :

    That’s one the clver moves by them IMO. they are not proposing to take them when they are 16, they are proposing to take them as post matrics, thus having had SA do most of the work for them and then just reaping the S14 rewards for themsleves by buying the players once they are almost ready for S14.

  • Comment 32, posted at 24.05.10 19:58:21 by KSA Stormer © Reply

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  • @KSA Stormer © (Comment 32) : Like I said, until selection policy changes, I haven’t got a problem with other countries pinching. 🙂

  • Comment 33, posted at 24.05.10 20:00:50 by klempie Reply

  • WI BELTING along at 3.5 an over.


    Oops wrong thread. 😳

  • Comment 34, posted at 24.05.10 20:08:53 by klempie Reply

  • @klempie (Comment 34) :

    do you have the move option or is it only admins? 😉

  • Comment 35, posted at 24.05.10 20:14:47 by KSA Stormer © Reply

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  • @KSA Stormer © (Comment 35) : 🙁

  • Comment 36, posted at 24.05.10 20:20:17 by klempie Reply

  • @KSA Stormer © (Comment 35) : i see that you get all these options move/blacklist etc for a post you post 😎

  • Comment 37, posted at 24.05.10 20:21:26 by rekinek Reply
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  • @KSA Stormer © (Comment 18) : he is gone in hiding and never to be seen until S15 mmmm 😆

  • Comment 38, posted at 24.05.10 20:53:16 by stormy chaz Reply

  • @rekinek (Comment 23) : 👿 👿 👿 what is wrong with SA if you get me drif 👿

  • Comment 39, posted at 24.05.10 20:55:11 by stormy chaz Reply

  • @KSA Stormer © (Comment 25) : well look at it this way they need SA to make it in the rugby we are fruit full etc 😳 😉
    and at that just leave us alone SADERS make your own youth or do yuou need help 😆

  • Comment 40, posted at 24.05.10 21:00:10 by stormy chaz Reply

  • @klempie (Comment 28) : that is just that what we don’t want 👿 😉

  • Comment 41, posted at 24.05.10 21:01:33 by stormy chaz Reply

  • @klempie (Comment 33) : with other countries pinching.
    oh my its like steeling with permission 🙄

  • Comment 42, posted at 24.05.10 21:07:29 by stormy chaz Reply

  • Klempie, wtf does the selection policy in SA have to do with kids rather abandoning SA for NZ?

    I haven’t seen any white players being discriminated against for selection here.

    I do see a coach with a penchant for some truly strange selections though…

  • Comment 43, posted at 24.05.10 22:38:02 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 43) : just leave it, dude. 🙂

  • Comment 44, posted at 24.05.10 23:35:16 by robdylan Reply
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  • Sorry havent lurk for a long time, so hello from a exciting Paarl.

    Just want to state something here, myself know for a fact that the current U18 Paarl Boishaai flyhalf, Anton Hauptfleisch have a Canterbury Academy contract since a 15 year old.

    Have no problem with this.

  • Comment 45, posted at 28.05.10 10:53:02 by PaarlBok Reply


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