After successful careers playing for the Springboks and provincially, players like John Smit, Braam van Straaten, Dick Muir, Marius Hurter, Jacques Botes and Hentie Maartens have returned their attention to the rugby field to offer up the knowledge, that took them years to build, to school players at coaches.

Together with their friends, teammates and contacts within the industry, they form The Investec International Rugby Academy, a high-performance training initiative that aims to grow the sport and to nurture young talent nationally.

Conveniently taking place in the school holidays, from 9 to 13 December, players and coaches attending will spend a week at St Charles College in Pietermaritzburg, closely paired with rugby professionals within their position.

The 5-Day Coaches Course runs alongside the 5-Day Players Course (boys aged 14 to 17) allowing coaches to gain practical insight into the drills, skills-work and exercises that the Academy’s coaches put players through.

For more information about The Investec International Rugby Academy’s Courses, taking place from 9 to 13 December at St Charles College in Pietermaritzburg, visit the Investec Academy website or contact Greg or Bernadine Miller on (031) 940 5565.