Hudson Park Rugby Development Program

We invite you to read about our Rugby program and to familiarize yourself with our Rugby Mission Statement. This will give you an insight into our approach to the sport at Hudson Park, since our aim is to align our activities and our decision making to the pathways defined in our Mission Statement.

Hudson Park has taken the initiative of investing substantial resources into the development of a winning Rugby culture. The recent appointment of James Winstanley as Director of Rugby has invigorated Rugby at the school, bringing new ideas, a strong philosophy, and a lively competitive spirit to our Rugby Department. Mr Winstanley is himself a former player, having been a member of teams that include Northampton Saints, Blackheath Rugby Club, Old Selbornians, and Border Bulldogs. He arrives with multiple qualifications, and importantly, a knowledge of the game that is set to sharpen our competitiveness for many years to come.

Our Mission Statement

To achieve a consistent Top-20 South African Rugby school status and enhance our position as the leading co-educational Rugby school of the Eastern Cape, through the systematic development of 4 strategic pathways which aim to create, underpin, measure, and sustain an optimal playing and coaching environment for all the stakeholders of Hudson Park Rugby.


Player Specialization

To develop a panel of players, every year, who are core-skill proficient and capable of recognising, selecting, and executing the appropriate skill set for any given playing environment.

Coach Development

To identify, recruit and develop a panel of coaches who are willing to become champions of a learning culture, and who are also motivated to create the learning opportunities that are needed for enhanced player decision making.

Conditioning Program

To develop a facility that will enable a conditioning program, and ultimately a conditioning culture, to develop. An environment that rewards effort and commitment towards a balanced and informed approach to conditioning for Rugby.

Rugby Syllabus

To facilitate the development of a whole-school Rugby syllabus which defines the schools’ playing philosophy, technical and tactical skill sets, and a common language, so as to achieve collective alignment.

A Full Schedule, Each Season

Rugby is the most popular boys’ team sport at Hudson Park, and we have 10 teams competing regularly in domestic fixtures and festivals across the country. Our First Team turns out, every season, for an impressive list of 20 fixtures, whilst the remaining teams each participate in a total of 17 fixtures. By this means, we ensure our ability and willingness to compete at every opportunity.

Please click this link to view our 2017 Fixture List.

Successes At National Level

Past pupils who have represented South Africa, at adult level in both 15-man 7’s teams, include Odwa and Akhona Ndungane, Dale Heidtmann, and Vuyo Zangqa. At the underage level, Scott Kemp, Andisa Gqobo, and Zamikhaya Bushula have played for the SA Schools teams.

Dedicated Coaches and Excellent Facilities

Hudson Park Rugby continues to grow, as our pupils benefit from cutting edge training techniques, under the guidance of a dynamic team of specialist coaches. Underpinning their activities is a fine infrastructure that includes:

  • A first-class gymnasium located in the High Performance Centre
  • Our new video analysis suite employing the very best in performance analysis software
  • A marvelous hospitality and function room overlooking the A Field
  • A modern, well-appointed First Team change room

Our Conditioning Specialist in the Gymnasium is able to tailor exercise routines to the specific needs of individual team members and to ensure that best use is made of the equipment.

Our Coaching Line-Up

1st Team Mr L Zangq, Mr J Winstanley
2nd Team Mr K Jonkers, Mr A Gqobo
3rd Team Mr K Steyn
4th Team Mr R van Onselen
Under 16 A Team Mr C Howe, Mr K Kumm
Under 16 B Team Mr A Knight
Under 15 A Team Mr T Sisusa, Mr D Hawkes
Under 15 B Team Mr W Jola
Under 14 A Team Mr G Everts, Mr C Mgijima
Under 14 B Team Mr N Soyibisi, Ms T Gravett