Villager Schools Sevens

Rondebosch High School

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Rondebosch Boys’ High School, founded in 1897, is committed to maintaining a stimulating and balanced curriculum, as well as outstanding academic, sporting and cultural standards. With such educational ideals, we believe we are eminently equipped to guide and prepare our young men to become leaders of the future.


Rondebosch started off as a soccer playing school. By 1904, rugby was being played on an unofficial basis. In 1906 soccer was dropped and the bold step was taken to enter a rugby team in the U16 competition where it had to compete, among others, with those schools with colleges attached to them, namely Diocesan College, SACS and Stellenbosch.


By 1913, the school won the under 15 and under 13 competitions. From this time onwards Rondebosch became a force in WP schools’ rugby, though it was 1922 before the School could win the under 17 Shield for the first time as well as the U15 and U13 competitions. The golden years of Rondebosch rugby were undoubtedly the 1960s. Three teams went through unbeaten in the years 1960, 1964 and 1967. Highly respected Rondebosch coaches include CJ ‘Tickey’ de Jager, Prof Tinkie Heyns, Evan Martin and Gus Enderstein.


There is a fine tradition of rugby at the school steeped in tradition, pride and passion and many Old Boys’ have gone on to represent their country or province.




  • 1912 Gerald “Tommy” Thompson
  • 1924 Jackie Tindall
  • 1928 Willie Rousseau
  • 1928 “Jock” van Niekerk
  • 1931 Alf van der Merwe
  • 1933 John Apsey
  • 1956 James Starke
  • 1964 Mike Lawless
  • 1979 Ian McCallum
  • 1974 Chris Pope*
  • 1974 Roy McCallum
  • 1975 Derek van den Berg*
  • 1997 Dallen Stanford (USA)
  • 1999 Dion O’Cuinneagain (Ireland)
  • 2003 Gcobani Bobo
  • 2004 Hanyani Shimange
  • 2014 Justin Melck (Germany)



  • Marcelle Brache
  • Francois Bonthuys
  • “Butch” Deuchar*
  • Nicholas Groom
  • Steve Hillock
  • Kobus Immelman*
  • Doug Mather*
  • Rayn Smid
  • Dawid “Tank” van der Merwe (Boland)
  • Anton van Zyl (Stormers, Lions, the Barbarians and Stade Français)

*Deuchar, Immelman, Mather, van den Berg and Pope played for Western Province in the famous victory over the All Blacks in 1976.

Microsoft Word - RUGBY HISTORY.docx