Elite Rugby Academy
 

PERSONNEL

The coaching team

CURRICULUM VITAE - MICHAEL VOWLES

2007-2008 London South Africa Rugby Club - Esher, London UK

Shield Team Coach/Manager

  • In charge of coaching, running of the team as well as other organinsational duties.
2005-2007

STS Rugby Academy - Kwa-Zulu-Natal, SA

Co-founder and Director of Rugby and Coaching

  • Opened up a rugby academy focusing specifically on the development of school- going players. In the first year we had 40 members and currently the academy has grown to over 60.
  • Responsible for the development and delivering of a coaching program which included ball handling skills, ball retention, individual position and unit specific coaching as well as developing the mental and emotional side of a player focusing on mental toughness.
  • Involved various provincial/national players to assist me in the above. These people included Dave van Hoessilen, Waylon Murray, BJ Botha, Greg Rawlinson and other provincial coaches from the Sharks Rugby Union.
2006-2007

College Rovers Rugby Club - KwaZulu-Natal, SA

U20 Rugby Coach

  • Coached the team to division league win as well as the knock-out cup win.
  • Went undefeated for the season
2003-2007

Westville Boys High School - KwaZulu-Natal, SA

1st Team Rugby Coach

  • The team was consistently ranked among the top 10 rugby schools in the country for 4 years running. We were the only non-boarding school to achieve this.
  • Coached with Hugh Reece-Edwards (ex-assistant coach and player for the Springboks and ex-Natal Sharks coach and player) and Guy Coombe (South Africa Rugby League Player).
2005 - 2006             

KwaZulu-Natal U18 Academy Team - Kwa-Zulu-Natal, SA

Forwards Coach           

  • Reached the semi-finals of the annual provincial tournament and produced several junior provincial players.
  • My role was to coach the forward pack. My focus was on set pieces, rucking, mauling, ball retention and continuity.
Accreditations KwaZulu Natal Rugby Union level 1 and 2 coaching certificates

 

CURRICULUM VITAE - RYAN STRUDWICK

Age: 33   Position: Lock / Blindside Flank
Date of Birth: 3.8.73   Place of Birth: South Africa
Height:          1,95m   Weight: 112kg
Marital Status: Married   Passport: British Passport

Rugby History

 
1993-96:
1993-94:
1997-98:




1997/98:
1998/2006:
1999/2000:
2001/2002:
2002/2003:
2003/2004:
2006:
University of Natal (Captain)
South African Universities
Collegians Tech (Captain)
Natal Students (Captain)
Natal u21
Natal Presidents (Captain)
Natal Sharks
London Harlequins
London Irish (213 caps) (Captain)
London Irish – Player of the Season
PRA Unsung Hero Award – Zurich Premiership London Irish - Players Player
Nominated for the ‘PLAYER of THE YEAR’ for the Zurich Premiership Barbarians ( 6 Caps )
London Irish – Player of the Season
Valke

Coaching

Ryan has his IRB Level 2 coaching certificate and has played over 10 years of
Professional rugby under the coaching advice of numerous different local and
International coaches.
Ryan has coached teams both locally and in the U.K He is currently the rovers 1st team coach        


CURRICULUM VITAE - ANDRE BARNARD

Rugby History

 
1988 Ntvl Schools
1989-1990 SADF U/20
1990-1991 WITS U/20
1991-1992 Liverpool St Helens Rugby League
1990-1993 WITS 1st side
1993-1994 Roodepoort 1st side
1994-1996 Crusaders 1st side
1997 Life University 1st side Atlanta USA
1990 & 1991 Tvl U/20 Centre
1992-1994 Tvl Rooibokke/Qwagga’s Wing/Centre
1993 Tvl vs Namibia Wing
1994-1996 Natal B Centre
1994-1996 Natal Presidents side Centre
1995 Natal Duikers tour Ireland Centre
1995 Natal 7’s Dubai
1995 & 1996 Natal Currie Cup Centre
Natal Super 12  Centre
1997 Life University player coach. National Championship semi-finalists.
1997-1998 Pontypridd 1st side European Cup and Welsh Premier League Wing/Centre/Fullback/Fly-half
1997 British Barbarians vs Combined Services UK – Wing
1998-1999 Bristol 1st side English Premier League Centre
1999-2000 Swansea 1st side European Cup and Welsh Premier League Centre
2003  Wigan Rugby League reserve side.

Coaching
 
1989 Pretoria Boys High School U/15 A & B
1997 Life University player-coach
1998-2000 Development squad coaching Wales
1999 Strength and Conditioning coach
2005 Hong Kong U/19
2008 College Rovers Senior men 1st IV

The conditioning team

HEAD CO-ORDINATOR AND STRENGTH TRAINING DESIGNER - BRENDAN BLACKBURN
Age : 23
Qualifications : 3 year Sport Science Degree
1 Year Honours Exercise Science
Past  Experience : 2005-2008  - We are currently based the Westville Boys High School Performance Centre.
Field of Specialization : Core Specific Training , sport specific program design and Out door functional training with regards to strength and explosive exercises.