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Rugby | Springboks

Braai with the Boks



Life insurance industry heavyweight, BrightRock, has teamed up with the Chris Burger Petro Jackson Players’ Fund to host The Play the Bounce Braai in Johannesburg on 20 June 2017, just ahead of the third and final Springbok vs France Test Match.

This fun event will be attended by the full Springbok team and management in an effort to raise much needed funds for the Players’ Fund and will be followed by a special rugby training day for young players selected from the Gauteng area on 21 June 2017.

Proceeds of the two events will go to the Chris Burger Petro Jackson Players’ Fund to support rugby players who have sustained catastrophic head, neck or spinal cord injuries while on the field.

Festivities will kick off on Tuesday 20 June at Café Cru at the Southern Sun Montecasino, where guests will have an opportunity to enjoy a typical South African braai in the company of the entire Springbok team and management, not to mention a number of former icons of the game.

Attendees will also have a chance to show off their sporting knowledge with a fun, rugby-themed quiz where they will be joined up with the players to bolster their competitive edge. Incredible prizes will also be up for grabs on the night, including a Springbok match-day, team photo opportunity, dinner for 20 people with two former Springboks prepared by a private chef, and signed sport memorabilia. You don’t want to miss this opportunity to rub shoulders with the boys in green and gold in the name of a good cause!

The braai will be followed by an once-in-a-lifetime training and development experience. The “My Training Day with the Springboks” on Wednesday, 21 June will see 50 u15 Vuka rugby players from all corners of Gauteng hone their game under guidance of SA Rugby Legends such as Stefan Terblanche, Pieter Muller and former Bok Coach, Ian McIntosh

The training day will be hosted at Fourways High School, with six current Springboks on the field to give the young players a real feel for what the top of the game looks like. It will include a 45-minute non-contact training session, as well as TAG games and a 10-minute BokSmart presentation to educate young players on the importance of injury prevention, encouraging them to play smarter and safer rugby.

This is the second year that provider of needs-matched life insurance, BrightRock, has supported the Players’ Fund. Suzanne Stevens, executive director, says that BrightRock’s involvement with the Players’ Fund is an extension of the company’s Play the Bounce philosophy, which embraces the ever-changing, unpredictable nature of life and of rugby.

“On and off the field, the ball sometimes bounces in unexpected ways. The Players’ Fund and its recipients are proof that, with the right support, even the most challenging and unexpected changes can be handled in a positive, life-affirming way,” said Stevens.

According to Stefan Terblanche, CEO of the South African Rugby Legends Association, “It is indeed an honour and great privilege for our VUKA boys to have the opportunity to meet some of the Boks and former greats of rugby. As ex-players we love giving back to the game of rugby that we love. By getting involved in initiatives like these we do so two-fold, both by coaching these future Boks and also by supporting the Chris Burger Petro Jackson Players’ Fund. We know that many players suffer serious injuries while playing rugby and it is indeed a humbling experience to see the support they receive from The Players’ Fund and how rugby can still bring a big smile to their faces.”

“We are really excited and thankful to both BrightRock & SARLA for this great opportunity in assisting us to raise much needed funds for rugby’s fallen heroes. We have always made it our mission to align with organisations and events that share the same ethos as the Players’ Fund and this is certainly the case with both the “The Play the Bounce Braai” and

“My Training Day with Springboks. It’s an amazing once in the lifetime opportunity for the young Vuka rugby players to not only meet some of their favorite Springbok players but gain invaluable training and coaching. We are certain that both events will be a massive success”, adds Morné du Plessis, Founder and Chairman of the Chris Burger Petro Jackson Players’ Fund.

The cost for the Bok Braai is R5 000 and includes two tickets to the evening event, and will also cover the cost of one of the young players to attend the training and development day. To purchase a ticket or to find out more about how to donate towards the Fund - contact events@playersfund.org.za or call (021) 658 5615.

Event Details: “The Play the Bounce Braai”
• Date: 20 June 2017
• Time: 18:30 to 22:30
• Venue: Café Cru at the Southern Sun Montecasino
• Price: R5 000

For more info on the Chris Burger Petro Jackson Players’ Fund, visit the following channels:
• Website: www.playersfund.org.za
• Telephone: (021) 659 5615
• Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/PlayersFund/
• Twitter: https://twitter.com/playersfundsa



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