2014 Township primary school girls tag rugby launch

From left to right: Willem October (EP Schools Chairperson), Lucky Mange (PE Metro Ambassador), Nomathemba Gum (organisor and sponsor), Namhla Siyolo (Springbok women flanker)

From left to right: Willem October (EP Schools Chairperson), Lucky Mange (PE Metro Ambassador), Nomathemba Gum (organisor and sponsor), Namhla Siyolo (Springbok women flanker)

Local businessperson and rugby rugby supporter, Nomathemba Gum, has launched the 2nd edition of her famous primary school girls tag competition at Wolfson stadium yesterday.

Attended by the local and provincial department of education officials,  rugby legends, EPRU administrators, participating schools as well as general community members the event seek to introduce rugby to young school girls from communities around Port Elizabeth.

started in 2014, this program I started last year and focus mainly in primary schools from the Kwazakhele area which is where Nomathemba does her business.

“I once had a competition for high schools in 2013 and that program produced more than 10 players in different ep teams(u/18,u/16 &senior teams).Ep high schools Rugby has since taken over that program” said Gum.

Primary schools was always the main target of her involvement in the game because she believes in getting them from a young age. “Last year I decided to introduce 6 primary schools to tag rugby because I felt they were too small and young for contact rugby. I wanted to introduce them to rugby from an early age and also importantly to have fun & enjoy rugby without fear of being hurt as they are still small.I hope when they get to high school they will continue to play rugby and get introduced to full contact rugby.I also hope to get more players for my club” said Gum.

There’s 2 categories u/11 & u/14.It is going to start as a league then will have a knockout competition for the top 4 in both categories. Last year the u/11 & u/14 league was won by Ebongweni then the knock out comp in top 4 . Ebongweni won the u/11 & Ben Snuka won the u/14 section.They got the shorts as their prizes. This year am hoping to get more sponsors and some companies have promised but will see and am looking forward to an exciting season and will be around also this time.

Coaching Clinics                                                                                                                                                                             Venue                 :Wolfson stadium

Date                    : 22 July  2015

Time                     :13h00-14h00(LAUNCH)

14h00-15h00(coaching clinic)

Fixture starts on the 29 July 2015


Girls       – Under  11 years

Girls              – Under  14 years


Schools coaches assisted by Lucky Mange – Sport Ambassador P.E.

CO ORDINATOR-  Mava Luphondwana

MEDIA LIAISON-Sipiwo “Speech’ Boqwana


Watson disappointed at Spencer’s comments

EP Kings President, Cheeky Watson

EP Kings President, Cheeky Watson

It is with great disappointment that EP Rugby have read the comments made in media on behalf of former EP Rugby coach Carlos Spencer following his departure from the Kings.

Spencer, through his attorney David Jones, has attributed his departure from the Kings to their continued troubles in meeting their wage obligations, but this is simply not true.

“The initial problems we had with Carlos’ salary was due to his insistence of having his funds paid into an offshore account,” said EP Rugby President, Cheeky Watson.

Watson said this resulted in delays that arose out of the administrative compliance and paperwork issues.

“While we have experienced a cash delay for July’s salaries, due to a delay in the sponsorship administrative process, we have been working tirelessly to address this issue and have communicated this to all our staff and players, who have been very patient and supportive,” he said.

Watson also expressed his disappointment in the allegations by Spencer that he had been pushed out of the head coach role.

“Carlos was originally appointed as our backline skills coach, and on his request he was promoted to head coach for our debut Currie Cup season, where the Kings suffered nine successive losses in a ten match season,” he said.

Watson said when Mzwandile Stick was appointed Head Coach for Vodacom Cup, Spencer had distanced himself from the team and following the appointment of Brent Janse van Rensburg as the new Head Coach, Spencer had simply stopped attending any coaching meetings and even stopped attending training sessions.

“It is really sad that Carlos has made these statements as we had hoped to part on amicable terms. Despite the disappointing results, we had a lot of respect for Carlos and for his accomplishments,” he said.

Watson said rumours around Spencer’s departure being linked to the Kings not being prepared for their return to Super Rugby were laughable.

“Before Super Rugby in 2013, we were playing in the B Division and had less than 5 months to prepare, as the announcement of our participation was only made in August 2012. Yet the Southern Kings went on to perform and produced the best results to date of any debut team entering the competition. Not to mention the fact that they secured the third highest attendance of the year, across all franchises, due to their courage, character and commitment displayed on the field.”

“This time round, we have had two years to prepare, including participation at Currie Cup Premier Division Level, where our players have gone head to head against players from the other franchises. We are confident that the Southern Kings return to the expanded Super Rugby competition in 2016 will deliver even better results than their debut performance in 2013,” he said.


Carlos Spencer

Carlos Spencer

THE Eastern Province Kings and New Zealand coach Carlos Spencer have ended their association with immediate effect.

Spencer, who earned 35 caps for the All Blacks from 1995 to 2004, finished his playing career with the Lions in 2011 and then coached at the Lions and the Sharks, before linking up with the EP Kings in December 2013. He was appointed as the attack and specialist skills coach, and then took charge of the provincial team on their return to the Currie Cup Premier Division in 2014.

In 2015 he resumed his duties as the attack and specialist skills coach following the appointment of Brent Janse van Rensburg as the EP Kings head coach.

EP Rugby president Cheeky Watson paid tribute to Spencer for his contribution to the provincial team during his time with the union.

“We would like to thank Carlos for what he brought to the Kings during his time with us,” Watson said. “With his specialist attacking skills he was able to provide a new perspective for the players on the game and we will miss his input, but we wish him well for the future.

“In the interim, the coaching staff will be restructured accordingly and we have full confidence in their ability to manage the workload and to run a successful campaign. We are still in the process of finalising certain appointments within the coaching structure leading into Super Rugby.”