RDJ Sports Development in the Media

Richard De Jager’s visit to Lithuania from 27 Oct to 3 November has been covered in their local media:

Rugby in South Africa - like basketball Lithuania

South African rugby specialist Richard de Jager at Siauliai introduced his country to the world rankings behind only New Zealand rugby teams. South Africa rugby is so loved that school rugby competition brings together tens of thousands of viewers, said R. de Jager. every school has at least eight rugby teams. Playing both boys and girls. In addition to the larger schools equipped with six rugby stadiums...




Richard De Jager attended a media conference held for the National Team on Thursday 31 October in Vilnius:



Norway programme covered in Cape Town Newspapers:




United World Games Road Show to South Africa 

The South African.com a South African Newspaper distributed in London 

By Promotions on 23 July, 2013 


London-based South African company, RDJ Sports Development Ltd, are organising the United World Games Road Show to South Africa in less than a month. The United World Games (UWG) is one of Europe’s biggest youth sport events under the patronage of UNESCO and is held annually in Klagenfurt, Austria.


“We are excited about the new relationship formed and delighted to extend the UWG to South Africa and the United Kingdom to witness sport development as a whole amongst our youth. Our new developments kick off by organising the road show of the games through South Africa in August 2013,” comments Richard De Jager, director of RDJ Sports Development Ltd.


The Games offer international tournaments in soccer, basketball, volleyball, handball, rugby, field hockey and tennis from the age group U10 to U21 teams. “We are excited to expand the United World Games to South Africa through our partners, RDJ Sport Development Ltd, meeting with schools and sport clubs during our visit. South Africa has a strong culture of Field Hockey, Rugby, Tennis and Soccer. Hopefully we can welcome a few teams from this nation at the games in 2014,” comments United World Games Founder and Director, Mr Franziskus Bertl.


The aim of the Games is not just to have young athletes from all over the world compete against each other but to make sure these very athletes really get to know each other. So, the focus of the Games is on real cultural exchange and interaction between the young participants through their common passion in sports.


“RDJ Sports Development strongly believes in youth sport development. The United World Games is therefore such a natural fit for us providing youth with healthy competition, cultural exchange and international exposure,” comments Richard De Jager, director of RDJ Sports Development... → Read more...

Sharks come to Essex




Two international rugby coaches from South Africa gave a coaching session for sixth form students from four Essex AET academies.


Deon Kayser and Etienne Fynn, both ex South African rugby coaches, who now coach with the renowned Natal Sharks Academy in Durban, put 19 students through their paces from Clacton Coastal Academy, Greensward Academy, Maltings Academy and hosts New Rickstones Academy. 

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UK Sport South African Rugby Exchange programme thrives




UK Sport 21 September 2011


This autumn the eyes of the world are on the events unfolding at the Rugby Football World Cup in New Zealand and already there is high drama in the Group Stage matches, with some mouth-watering contests yet to come. Whilst the world’s best compete it is therefore encouraging to know that behind the scenes the seeds of Rugby’s future global development are taking root through an initiative supported by UK Sport.

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26 August 2008 


The MEC for Sport and Recreation, Mr. Amichand Rajbansi was one of the many people who attended the launch of this year's KZN Rugby Union's Talent Identification Tournament together with other sponsors. The MEC is flanked by KZNRU President, Mr. Peter Hassard, and the HOD for Sport and Recreation, Mrs. Sumayya Khan, and Netcare's, Ms. Jessica Schwartzman, on the extreme right of the photo. The other sponsors from left to right: Mr. Bryan Adam of Taiaha Sports, Mr. Omeshnie Naidoo of Clover Dairies and Mr. Yusuf Vanker of Gem School and Sports Wear.
The KZN Department of Sport and Recreation has invested R3 million in the development and upliftment of rugby in the province this year alone.


The figure only relates to monies invested through the programmes of the KwaZulu-Natal Rugby Union (KZNRU). It goes even higher when taking into account other allocations in other initiatives such as community Mass Participation Programme (MPP) and the School Sport Mass Participation Programme (SSMPP) where rugby in also part of the sporting codes.


This Departments huge commitment to the development of sport amongst the formerly disadvantaged communities has been confirmed by the rugby union at the launch of their Talent Identification Tournament for 2008.


The Department of Sport and Recreation provides most of the funds for the intense programmes leading to the major contest.The tournament to he held at Voortrekker High School from 29 August to 31 August is one of the country's top talent identification programmes. More than 300 of the province's best players compete in the Under12, Under 15 and Under 17 age groups.


At this event, talent scouts from all the top rugby playing schools attend to identify players for scholarships. At the end of the games on Sunday, a squad of 30 will be selected. These will then go to an enrichment programme starting in October to February next year. These players are also given preference for participation in other major talent identification tournaments such as the Craven Week, and a number of them have made it through to the big league.


The KZN Rugby Union has attributed the success of their development programme to the good assistance given by the Department of Sport and Recreation.The Union's Business Development Manager, Richard de Jager, said financial assistance by the Department has enabled the Union to employ and train more development officers that work in the townships.


The MEC for Sport and Recreation, Mr. Amichand Rajbansi, re-iterated that talent identification, youth development and setting of targets would be the key for future sport development in general.


"To the KZN Rugby Union, we are pound of you. I know it is money well spent," he said.


The National Minister for Sport and Recreation, Rev. Dr. Makhenkesi Stofile, is still full of praise of what he saw when he attended last year's talent identification tournament in Durban.



The MEC for Sport and Recreation, Mr. Amichand Rajbansi, and the Head of Department, Mrs. Sumayya Khan, are being congratulated by the President of the KZN Rugby Union, Mr. Peter Hassard, at the launch of the this year's Talent Identification Tournament targeting players from historically disadvantaged schools and communities.

Chester Mbekela – SARU Exchange

Coleraine Times 2011 Below that First 5 Exchange Players to Australia and New Zealand 1999.





PMB youngster sponsored to join Welsh premier league club


11 Nov 2011 - Jonathan Cook




EDENDALE-born-and-bred Maritzburg Varsity first XV lock forward Chris Ndlovu is set to embark on a journey that many rugby players can only dream about.


South African Rugby Union (Saru) exchange programme co-ordinator Richard de Jager told The Witness yesterday that Ndlovu has been given an opportunity to play rugby in Wales as part of Saru’s exchange programme. It creates an opportunity for a promising player like Chris to play in an environment where he can grow as a player and an individual, said De Jager. Said Ndlovu while readying himself for the trip yesterday, It is a wonderful chance for me to experience rugby and life in another part of the world and I am grateful for the support and faith shown in me by so many people. The programme will see Ndlovu playing for Welsh Premier League club Tonmawr from now until March, alongside another SA recipient, Vincent Gwavu. The club will pay all Ndlovu’s living and medical expenses. Chris will receive significant exposure as many of the games are televised as well as being on BBC Radio, said Tonmawr director of rugby Chris O’Callaghan. It is also an opportunity for Chris to play in a different climate and culture and in different conditions, De Jager said.

De Jager, originally from Pietermaritzburg himself, said Sport and Recreation South Africa and UK Sport, in partnership with Saru, are involved in an intergovernmental programme set up by the respective sports departments to foster the bilateral relationship. The two governments have funded the programme. Chris came through the Midlands Development Programme and was a student at the Midlands Rugby Academy [MRA], so we are very excited and proud of his achievement, said Midlands Rugby Sub-Union president Piet Herbst. Pietermaritzburg businessman Paul Trimborn of Trimborn Agencies has been sponsoring Ndlovu since his development days at the MRA a substantial amount over the years.

Steve Botha [former MRA manager and head coach] asked me to get involved and it’s a case of helping a sportsman just as people helped me in my playing days, said Trimborn, a former Natal cricket and hockey player. It also proves that Maritzburg has got the talent and hopefully more business people will get involved so that we can produce more players like Chris Ndlovu. Botha, now heading Maritzburg College’s rugby programme, coached Ndlovu during the two years the lanky lock forward spent at the MRA. If anyone deserves this opportunity, it’s Chris, he said. He puts in huge effort and his progress and talent as a player is even more remarkable when one considers he only started playing rugby in Grade 10 while at school in Edendale and doesn’t come from a rugby culture.


Ndlovu reached the final trials with the Blue Bulls in recent seasons.Chris was also awarded a bursary at the Investec Rugby Academy, which developed him further, and he’s done so well for Maritzburg Varsity in the Varsity Shield this year, Botha added. An outstanding lineout jumper, it would not be unreasonable to surmise that not even the sky is the limit for this likeable, humble product of Edendale and Pietermaritzburg.