In preparation for the 2024 rugby season, Paul Roos Gimnasium sets off for Ireland on Tuesday with a large squad of 43 players. It’s an opportunity for the renowned rugby school to measure itself against international opposition.
The squad departs on the 5th of December and flies into Dublin on the 6th. The very next day they’ll have to try to shake off any jet lag because they’ll be in action against Terenure College.
During their time in Ireland, the touring party will get to experience European club rugby at its finest when they attend the Connacht vs Bordeaux game on the 8th of December, and Munster vs Bayonne the next day.
They will return to Thomond Park Stadium on the 11th for a special guided tour of the home of Munster Rugby, which will make their final match even more special when they face the Irish juggernauts at the Shannon Rugby Club.
The touring group includes familiar names like Sam Badenhorst, Oliver Reid, Keenan Stoffels and Reuben Kruger, who have contributed to the 1st XV this year. Talented youngsters, like Gert Kemp and Altus Rabe, who stood out at the 2023 u16 Grant Khomo Week, are also included in the squad.
The Stellenbosch boys will be split into two playing squads, which will help the coaches extract as much as they can from the trip.
Apart from playing four exciting matches, and taking in the two European Rugby Champions Cup matches, the boys will also have the opportunity to experience the foreign cultures and landscapes as they make time for the Gaelic Games and explore the Cliffs of Moher in between their busy playing and training schedule.
“What I’m looking forward to personally is just the camaraderie on a trip like this”, said Corné Uys, Head of Rugby at Paul Roos. “I’m sure there are many of the boys who have never travelled as far in their lives, so it will be an experience for them.”
Thursday, 07 December: vs Terenure College
Saturday, 09 December: vs Methody & Wallace High
Monday, 11 December: vs UCC Freshmen
Wednesday, 13 December: vs Munster Rugby
Paul Roos Gimnasium touring group: Jordan Africa, Sam Badenhorst, Adeeb Boraine, Hugo Coetzee, Joshua Dampies, Marquin de Klerk, Robert Doubell, Henry du Plessis, Malan Erasmus, Reece Heaton, Brent Heyens, Zac Hickman, Kaleb Holmes, Charl Holwill, Gert Kemp, Matthew Kleyn, Conrad Koegelenberg, Christian Kolbe, Luan Krige, Reuben Kruger, Derek Kuhn, Pierre Labuschagne, Divan Lambrecht, Jacques Loubser, Christiano Luizinho, Luchwayito Baliswana, Christiaan Moolman, Reinhardt Nel, Michael Potgieter, Altus Rabé, Oliver Reid, Truspe Schoeman, Ian Smith, Jordan Steenkamp, Jesse Stegehuis, Keenan Stoffels, Alec Toll, Dylan van Wyk, Dawid van Niekerk, Luke van Schoor, Gerrit van Vuuren, Luke Wilmot.