Tythan Adams testimonial:
Firstly, thank you again to you and your company for all the assistance given to both myself and Rebekah, it is greatly appreciated and my experience wouldn't have been possible without you.
My experience in Selkirk, Scotland was something that I will cherish for the rest of my life. Not only was the rugby more challenging because of the difference in climate compared to South Africa, but made me push myself physically and mentally as well. Without the hospitality of the Selkirk people my stay there wouldn't have been the same. Having the opportunity to travel to Scotland was an eye opening experience and one goal accomplished off my list. Being able to travel and see a new place while doing what I love is what I've always wanted to do and now I am finally living in that reality.
Overall the experience helped to groom me, and I grew as a player as well as it allowed other doors to open for me. Since this experience such opportunities include, playing for the South African Sevens Academy team in France, as well as making my Currie Cup debut for the Cell C Sharks. This is the oldest competition in World Rugby and I feel honoured as it has been a lifelong dream of mine to play in the Currie Cup.
Once again thank you to you and RDJ Sports Development for all of your assistance in making my trip possible.
United World Games 2016 Update
The United World Games (UWG) has just ended its first leg of the South African Roadshow in Durban as well as the Pietermaritzburg region and what an excellent way to start off 2016 leg of the roadshow.
The UWG road show started on the 1st of February and ended on the 5th of February, each day brought more South African schools eager to join in on the fun and games at United World Games. Some of the schools visited are Pelham, Merchiston, Clarendon Primary, St Anne’s Diocesan, Treverton College, Cowan House, Westville Boys High School and Glenwood High School. Our South African Ambassador Richard De Jager headed the Roadshow in Durban with the assistance of Gareth De Jager who presented to the schools. There has been excellent feedback with a few more teams to add to our games. Richard De Jager and Gareth De Jager will be continuing the Roadshow in a few more beautiful parts of South Africa. They will be heading to Cape Town in April the mother city of South Africa, which is sure to be even more successful.
International Exchange Programe
“Leon, Dashton and Lwando have been an absolute pleasure to have been involved with. All seemed to go well and hope that you are satisfied with what Selkirk is doing for these young men. We have given them some total different life experiences that we hope they will cherish for ever”
Lithuanian & SARU Exchange
Latest update from Lithuania is the appointment of Vuyo Zangqa as the Director of 7’s Rugby for Lithuanian RFU. Vuyo Zangqa is the ex - Springbok 7’s and ex Kenya 7’s Assistant Coach. This placement has been partially funded by Gavin Varejes, of SA Rugby Legends. He will travel again to Lithuania in March and then remain in Lithuania for 3 months.
Player Spotlight: Sabelo Sam
"My Experience and my rugby in the UK has been such an amasing journey that I will treasure for the rest of my life. Im staying in Alloa greenfield street in 2 bedroom apartment, we are currently unbeaten in the league. The people of Alloa have been so so amazing to me showing me so much love and the support each and everytime, the club management and the players has been great to me an I really appreciate that I grabbed this opportunity with my both hands when Mr Richard provided it for me and made use of it by hard work and determination. I've been coaching at Schools including Alloa Academy and Lornshill Academy. Special thanks to Everyone much love God bless."
United World Games 2016
RDJ Sports Development Ltd has started discussions with several clubs and schools in the UK and South Africa to attend next year's UWG.
Exciting news is that Richard De Jager, as MD of RDJ Sports Development Ltd, has been appointed as official Ambassador for the United World Games, which takes place in Klagenfurt from 16-19 June 2016. Richard also runs coaching clinics for all teams that require assistance and will be joined by Ntando Majokweni, the Director of Rugby of Lithuania RFU, of the event.
More information and how to apply for next year to come.
Cardiff Arms watching SA vs Wales with my Saracens Colleagues
At Twickenham Stadium to watch the SA vs England game with Hans Schriba
Mount St Mary's Headmaster Nick Cuddihy visiting SA and friends in February. Enjoyed a fantastic dinner with Peter Armstrong from Australia, O'Reagan Hoskins the former president of SARU, Len Anderson from KZN Rugby Union and former Sharks Technical Coach Clinton Isaacs.