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A Brief History of Rugby at Wynberg

Wynberg Boys’ High, one of the two oldest schools in South Africa, has been playing rugby for over a century. Wynberg was largely a soccer playing school in the early days, but sketchy records show that the school introduced rugby in 1867. This makes the Wynberg Rugby club one of the oldest schoolboy rugby clubs in the country.

The first recorded Wynberg Old Boy to play for the Springboks was Toksie Smith  in 1891 who played three tests for South Africa as number eight . He currently has a great grandson at the school in Grade 9.

When the Western Province Schools Rugby Union was established in 1905,  the first chairman was one Mr Hoogenhout, a teacher on the Wynberg staff.  Hoogenhout, an old Matie, revived rugby which had been superseded by soccer at the school.  Under his leadership,  Wynberg soon made its mark on the rugby scene at an administrative level.  Other teachers  from Wynberg who have held positions in Western Province Schools Rugby over the years were P de V Wahl, Eric Tasker and Ray Connellan. Ray Connellan is also widely credited with being the founder of the Cape Schools Rugby Week.

Wynberg has produced thirteen rugby Springboks over the years, famously providing four in the same team – Doug Hopwood, Dave Stewart, Lionel Wilson and Doug Holton in the 1960/61 side that toured Great Britain and Ireland. Rob Louw, who played in a Seventies and Eighties, and Robbie Fleck, who spent his formative years at Wynberg before finishing his schooling at Bishops from Grade 9, are the most recent Wynberg Old Boys to pull on the green and gold jersey.

Two Wynberg boys have been selected for SA Schools –  Mark Cawood in 1974  and Sikhumbuzo Notshe in 2010 and 2011.  Notshe is currently in the Stormers match 22.

Recent Achievements

WP Craven Week reps: Z Ndiki (2009); K Goss (WP Academy 2009);  Z Malunga (WP Academy 2010);  S Notshe (2010, Capt  2011),   D Kannemeyer (WP Academy 2011);  Siya Alam  ( 2013) ; Jarryd Sage (2013).

WP U20:  Josh Katzen (Captain 2013) ; Dylan Sage (2013);  Sikhumbuzo Notshe (2013).

Super 15:  Marcello Sampson and Grant Kemp (Southern Kings 2013); Sikhumbuzo Notshe (Stormers 2014).