Rugby at Northwood is a major sporting code which also instills values such as integrity, sportsmanship, loyalty, discipline and hard work. Northwood’s policy of participation in extra mural activities, as well as the passion shown by the boys gives players the opportunity of experiencing the ultimate team sport .
Northwood fields 16 teams and is a work in progress. Northwood has appointed Mr. Jonathan Scruby as Head of Rugby to handle all “off-the-field” matters via the newly established Northwood Rugby Board. (NRB). Mr Grant Bashford has been appointed as the First Team Rugby Coach.
Northwood Rugby will be relying on three pillars for its success going forward:
- The improvement of coaching abilities throughout the school.
- Improving of skills and fitness of all its rugby playing boys
- Recruitment of key players in the first two years to kick-start the winning culture on the sports field
- To always ensure the boys are having FUN, which is a vital part of school sport.
A Message From Our Rugby MIC
Rugby at Northwood has been under the supervision of Mr Grant Bashford and Mr Jonathan Scruby since the beginning of 2014. In the first year Northwood 1st XV had some great victories over the Gauteng powerhouse Jeppe Boys High, followed by special moments such as the first win over Hilton College in 25 years. In 2014 we had 3 Natal representatives as well as Northwood’s first ever South African Schools rugby player. 4 pupils from 2014 were included in the Sharks u19 team in the Currie Cup in 2015 – Duncan MacDonald, Kabelo Motloung, Ngonie Chidoma an Durran Krummeck. A further 2 boys, David Weersma and Kusiva Kazembe are with the Western Province junior squad. David Weersma also captained the Dutch u19 side during their campaign at the European Championships in Spain in 2015, while Kussiva Kazembe represented Zimbabwe men’s team in a world cup qualifier versus Russia recently.
In 2015, thanks to a big effort in building rugby from the ground up, Northwood’s u14A team were placed in the top 10 in the country for most of their season. Northwood are leaders in using sport science to get the most out of their young men while monitoring their gym programmes daily, as well as their field sessions, match intensities and distances – this is thanks to a leading programme developed by ex Springbok and Sharks Conditioning coach Mr Mark Steele. Northwood’s internal conditioning coach Mr Simon Vickers is in charge of physically getting the most out of each boy and developing him to his full potential.
Rugby, for us, is the game of life and is used here at Northwood to build character and encourage team work, as well as teaching the valuable lesson of getting up after being knocked down. We look forward to a successful 2016 season.