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Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Adding some more local flavour to the Springboks Rugby World Cup win, is Mandela University Sports Management Alumnus, Lindsay Weyer – the team’s Technical Assistant.

Weyer, who graduated with a National Diploma in Sport Management in 2012, fine-tuned his highly specialised skills at the Southern Kings before joining the Springboks.

He comes from a rugby-mad family in East London, where his father, Wayne, played more than 150 matches for Border

“My love for rugby started at school and my father always encouraged me. Like me, he also played flyhalf and fullback,” Weyer said.

“I attended Selborne College, a good rugby school, and played for the first team. Later I came to Port Elizabeth, where I played for Nelson Mandela University and also the EP U19 and U21 sides.

“So I was in the system in Port Elizabeth and when I needed to do an internship for my sport management course, I asked if I could come to EP Rugby and help wherever I was needed.

“One of the EP coaches, David Maidza (former Madibaz Rugby coach), knew my background from Border, so they said I could come and help and film [matches]. That is where it all started,” he added.

Asked about how he operates during a game, Lindsay says “I get the live television feed into the coaches’ box. If something has happened in the game, like when we miss a tackle or there was an opportunity to score a try, I can go back and have a look at it and offer some advice.

He says the difficult part of the job is that it is very time-consuming. “One frustrating thing is that we have to hit the rewind button a lot because my job is attention to detail. I am basically watching a game in slow motion over and over again to analyse us and the opposition to see where we can improve.

“One ambition is to become a head coach. I would like to be at the top and I have coached at U21 and school level and I would like to become a head coach.”

Information adapted from an article on Go! & Express Live – see:

Photo: From the Springboks Twitter feed

Contact information
Mr Vernon Oosthuizen
Senior Lecturer; Programme Director MANDELA/FIFA/CIES Executive Programme in Sport Management
Tel: 27 41 504 3713