Our Rugby

Ons Rugby

Paarl Boys' High Rugby

Rugby has been one of the main sports at PBHS since the school’s foundation.


The school has already produced twenty Springboks, of whom Frans Malherbe is the most recent member. These Springboks include legends such as Boy and Fanie Louw, Ryk van Schoor, Mannetjies Roux, Carel du Plessis, Corné Krige (also as captain) and Gurthrö Steenkamp.

  • General


    In 2015 WP Craven Week team put up a historic winning score line in the final against a strong EP U18 team of 95 0 and no less than seven Paarl Boys’ High players were in that team.

    In 2016 we had 13 players in the Grant Khomo A & B teams with Adrian Alberts as captain, 8 players in the Craven Week team with Salmaan Moerat as captain and 4 players in the Academic Week team.

    We also host a very successful PBHS U15 rugby tournament to which schools from all over the country are invited. Twenty-two schools participate in this prestigious tournament.

    In 2015 Paarl Boys’ High was recognized for not only being ranked the no 1 rugby school in South Africa, but also won the award for the school team of the year in the Western Cape.

  • Missie

    Ons missie is om ’n HJS-rugbyomgewing te skep waarin elke seun die beste geleentheid sal kry om sy eie rugbydrome te verwesenlik. Ons wil HJS as rugbykrag verder uitbou en die HJS-rugbyhandelsmerk in Suid-Afrika vestig deur die seuns die geleentheid te gee om teen die beste spanne te kompeteer. Ons wil toonaangewend wees t.o.v. die totale benadering tot rugby, wat die volgende insluit: afrigting, afrigtingsontwikkeling, kondisionering, sielkundige voorbereiding, mediese versorging en sterk morele waardes.

    It is important to win, but that should not be the primary objective. A sportsman may never be exploited to ensure the success of a team. The primary objective at Paarl Boys’ High must be one of enjoyment, for both player and coach. Whereas we agree with the legendary Vince Lombardi when he said: “Winning isn’t everything; it’s the only thing’’, we hold winning to be more than just points on the board. Winning relates to the values, commitment and the pursuit of developing the abilities of players as far as possible.

    Ons streef ook daarna om deur middel van rugby ons seuns se leierskapsvaardighede uit te bou.

  • Raadgewende Rugbykomitee

    Hierdie komitee verteenwoordig alle komponente van rugby in die HJS-gemeenskap. Ons is bevoorreg om die bystand van mense te hê op die onderskeie vlakke van afrigting, kondisionering en mediese sorg.

  • Coaching

    We try to have at least one teacher-coach for every two teams. Since there are not enough teachers for our 28 teams, we employ outside coaches.

    Presently we have two sports scientists in charge of all forms of conditioning for all the school sports. They are also in charge of the junior, senior and outside gymnasiums.

    In 2015 Boys’ High’s U19A Head Coach, Sean Erasmus, became our first SA Schools Coach. Elmo Wolfaardt was the WP Craven Week U18 Head Coach in the same year.

    All the coaches are encouraged to complete a World Rugby Level 2 course and all our coaches are Boksmart accredited. Upskilling of our coaches is very important. In 2016 Sean Erasmus and Elmo Wolfaardt attended the International Rugby Academy of New Zealand in Palmerston North under the guidance of Murray Mexted and other All Black Greats. The course runs over a two-week period and knowledge is shared and gained between coaches and facilitators from all corners of the world.

    Sean Erasmus, Mike Cron (All Blacks Forward Coach) and Elmo Wolfaardt at IRANZ.

  • Medical

    Under the leadership of top orthopaedic surgeon and Paarl Boys’ High Old Boy Dr Kobus Uys, the medical centre at Brug Street has grown in leaps and bounds. Making use of Big Box Containers he has developed a medical facility equipped to handle most medical emergencies. Based at the medical centre is very able physiotherapist Anzel Brink who assists with injuries on training and match days and also with rehabilitation. She is ably supported by a medical team made up of school staff and school boys volunteering to help each weekend. Ryno Rust as conditioning coach makes up the last piece of the puzzle by helping with rehabilitation after treatment.

    The ice bath in medical centre.

  • Sportdrag

    Ons is trots op ons tradisionele rugbyklere en verwag dat die seuns te alle tye korrek geklee sal wees.


    • Volle skooluniform by tuis- en wegwedstryde


    • Seuns woon alle oefeninge in hul amptelike oefendrag by, naamlik ’n skoolsweetpak of sweetpaktop, ’n rugbybroek en lang sokkies.
    • Hardloopskoene word by die skoolsweetpak gedra.
    • Geen sandale sal by die skoolsweetpak geduld word nie.
  • In which tournaments do we take part?

    In the first week after Interschools cricket in March the rugby season traditionally kicks off with trial matches and touring matches. After that we participate in various sports days in preparation of the long rugby season lying ahead.

    For the past 21 years the U19A team has participated in the St John’s Easter Festival.

    PBHS also takes part in the annual Wildeklawer Super Schools Rugby Tournament where we compete against the top schools in South Africa, both at senior and junior level.

    We have represented South Africa twice in the World Schools Rugby Tournament in Fukuoka, Japan (photo). In 2014 the U19A team achieved the silver medal.

    PBHS is privileged to compete against top schools such as Paul Roos Gymnasium, SACS, Wynberg BHS, Rondebosch BHS and Boland Agricultural School annually. We also have an annual match against Grey College from Bloemfontein, competing in various sporting codes and age groups. The alternately home and away fixtures against Grey College is one all the boys look forward to – especially the massive trek to Bloemfontein every second year, keenly anticipated by every Paarl Boys’ High youngster!

    Die Interskole teen Paarl Gimnasium word beskou as die grootste Interskole-kragmeting ter wêreld en vind tradisioneel die eerste naweek van Augustus plaas. Dit is die hoogtepunt op ons skool se rugbykalender en die hoofwedstryd word deur 25 000 toeskouers bygewoon.