Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus and former All Black scrumhalf Justin Marshall will be the biggest attractions at the Blue Bulls and TuksRugby’s international Coaching Summit to be held on 3 and 4 October at the Hillcrest Sports Campus of the University of Pretoria.

This summit takes place a few days before the Springboks’ last test in the 2019 Rugby Championships – against the All Blacks at a packed Loftus Versfeld and with the Boks’ remarkable 36-34 win in Wellington still fresh in the mind.

The fact that New Zealand has long been the undisputed pacemakers in world rugby will make Marshall’s input on the “All Black approach” very insightful and interesting. The 45-year-old Marshall, nowadays a commentator for the Sky Sports TV channel, can talk with authority because he knows New Zealand test rugby inside out.

Amongst other things, Marshall holds the All Black record for most tests as scrumhalf (80), most consecutive tests as scrumhalf (23), most tries in the no 9 jersey (28), most Tri-Nations tests as scrumhalf (35), most tests against the Springboks (22) and most test victories over South Africa (16).

Fresh from the win on All Black soil, Erasmus’ contribution will also be very interesting. He will share the secret on how the Boks beat all the odds to pull off a most very memorable win after losing to Argentina and Australia.

Erasmus share will share his time-slot with three members of his coaching team: Matthew Proudfoot, Swys de Bruin and Jacques Nienaber. They should give valued feedback on the way forward for Springbok rugby, with particular emphasis on the 2019 World Cup blueprint.

The presence and participation of the Springboks’ coaching team and an icon like Marshall is not the only reason why local coaches should flock to the summit.

Among the other contributors are:

Wednesday, 3 October

  • The sports psychologist, strategist and motivational speaker Henning Gericke, who was a member of the victorious Springboks management team at the World Cup in France in 2007 (“Coaching: a process and not a result”);
  • Hilton Adonis, Saru’s director of coaching (“Coaching Roadmap for SA Coaches”);
  • The former hooker of the Blue Bulls and Emerging Springboks and nowadays a leading strength and fitness specialist, Jannie Brooks (“Power and Fitness: Functional Methods”).

Thursday, October 4th

  • The national 7’s head coach, Neil Powell, under whom the BlitsBokke have become the international pace setters (“Modern Tendencies in Coaching of Sevens Rugby”);
  • The current Currie Cup coach of the Blue Bulls, Pote Human (“Modern Lineouts: Structure, Driving and Mauling”);
  • World-renowned sprint coach Hennie Kriel (“Coaching High Performance athletes In comparison with their peers In rugby”);
  • Nico le Roux, previous head of analytics for Waikato Chiefs and New Zealand A.
  • The world renowned skills specialist Blikkies Groenewald, until recently the head coach of Poland’s national team (“Competition at Breakdowns”).

The summit is opened by Mark Alexander, President of Saru, and costs R2 300 per person. Chris Buitendach can be called for more details at 0827393654.


  1. Justin Marshall is a great announcer.
    Anything ZeeBulls-related he should avoid for karmic reasons

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