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The 2015 club rugby season continues to roll on and there were some great results over the weekend. Several teams will go into a break over the long weekend before action resumes next week.

By: Danny Jones
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Forum meetings have been scheduled and will take place next week. On April 28 there will be a meeting for Super League A, B, and C clubs whilst on the 29th the rest of the regional clubs will meet. The clubs will be discussing the competition format and rules for 2016 and beyond. These meetings are important platforms for clubs to debate future competitions for WPRFU. The forum meetings will take place at DHL Newlands Stadium Boardroom.

The roll-out of laptops for all clubs are gaining momentum. Clubs were sponsored laptops courtesy of Custom-Cut and the gazebos will be delivered in due course. The Zone Fitness sponsorship to clubs will also be rolled out shortly.

The World Rugby Boksmart Courses are back this weekend. These courses will be held twice a month and are a requirement if one wants to pursue a career in refereeing or coaching. This weekend the course will be held at HTS Bellville and will run from 08h00 to 15h00. There is a World Rugby Level 1 Coaches course this Friday at Brookside. The cost of the course is R250.00 and it runs from 13h30 to 20h00. For more information contact gcrowster@wprugby.co.za.

The action at Brookside continues this weekend as the highly-anticipated Varsity Sevens tournament begins on Saturday at 09h00. The event runs the entire weekend and will be exciting to watch!

In youth rugby news, the Under-13 rugby day held at Parklands High School was a great success as kids and fans in attendance enjoyed a great day out at a superb venue.

The Under-16 and Under-18 Western Province trials begin this Saturday at Bellville High. The trials will run from 08h00 to 16h00. The Under-16 team will be coached by Belhar’s Norman Jordaan, whilst the Under-18 Academy team will be coached by Clinton van Rensburg. Elmo Wolfaardt will coach the Under-18 Craven Week side. Next Monday the Under-15 trials begin whilst the Under-19 trials commence on May 18.

In Women’s rugby news, the Western Province Under-16 and Under-18 trials will also begin this weekend. The club rugby season has kicked off and clubs are raring to go. Rodger Smith has settled into his role as the SARU-appointed coach and is working closely with the WPRFU to ensure that the growth of Women’s rugby remains on an upwards trajectory.

This Saturday the DHL Stormers are back at home playing in front of the DHL Newlands Faithful. They take on the Bulls looking to make it three wins on the spin after a successful end to their tour. Kick-off is at 19h10 – good luck to the team as they look to qualify for the Super Rugby play-offs this year.

Club-wise, there are some great games tonight in Super League A. False Bay host Maties in what is sure to be the first real test of their credentials. Community Cup champions Durb-Bell take on UCT in another mouth-watering encounter, whilst Vics host Belhar in other action.

This weekend there is a slightly diluted fixture list as some clubs take a break for the long weekend. For all the results, logs, and fixtures visit www.wpclubrugby.co.za

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