Ralepelle gets school kids to scrum down
SPRINGBOK rugby star Chiliboy Ralepelle is going back to his roots in Limpopo to offer a helping hand in the development of the game.
The Bulls hooker has been invited to conduct coaching clinics at Ebenezer High School in Mahwelereng today by Selaki Sports Leisure in Mokopane.
"Development is very close to his heart, which is why he has decided to bring Chiliboy Ralepelle's Rugby Development Day to Mahwelereng," said Selaki's Leshole Maraba.
"Ebenezer High is one of the popular schools in Mahwelereng, a township which is renowned to have produced some of the best players in South Africa.
"The school has a rugby club that is struggling. Chiliboy will teach them the basics of rugby and also offer a motivational talk to inspire the youngsters.
"With the support of Chiliboy, we are confident the development of rugby will move in the right direction in Mahwelereng and surrounding villages.
"There is talent in abundance in this area. We went for Chiliboy because he is from this province and the youngsters identify with him," Maraba said.
Ralepelle, who is from Tzaneen, was the first black and the youngest player to captain Amabhokobhoko. He also captained the Baby Boks at the 2006 Under-21 Rugby World Championship in France where they lost to the hosts in the final.
The timing of the rugby development day was important, with the Bulls about to go Down Under for the away leg of the Super 15, said Maraba.
Mahwelereng is renowned for producing sports greats like Andries Sebola and Steve Pila (soccer), as well as Ntate Pila and Mphiri Kgosana (softball).