Grooming the next generation of top class kickers.

As many business consultants will tell you, a contingency plan is imperative to ensure a smooth transition to the next generation of key players without compromising performance or values.

I’ve spent legions of hours on the practice field coaching youngsters from a very young age just to do that… identifying the mystery “it”, locked up inside young aspiring players’ DNA.

There are so many willing athletes today hoping to be the next kicking sensation and I must admit – the reality is; competition is very tough. The bar has shifted to a new height and expectations are set accordingly.

If you refer back to one of my previous articles you will remember that a kicking average 0f 70% percent in a Super15 season is just not good enough anymore! In a very short space of time kickers like Morné Steyn has set the Super15 season’s kicking standards to a phenomenal average of 85%!

Bearing the above in mind I must admit that I have all the confidence in the world that we will see some amazing new talent emerging in the years to come. One such player has trained with me since the age of ten and already shows the necessary tenacity, confidence, consistency and discipline to break through as one of South Africa’s next Top 10 Elite.

Ruan Swart(16) started his training with me at the very young age of ten. He has since developed into a noteworthy kicker baring noticeable trademarks of a promising athlete. I decided to introduce you to one of my Top 10 kickers, Ruan Swart from Afrikaans Hoër Seunskool, Pretoria. I have included footage from our training sessions.


Kicker:                        Ruan Swart

Age:                              16

School:                         Afrikaans Hoër Seunskool

Years in training:       6 years

Ruan Swart (Fly Half) Performing a 55m kick!




About VlokSkop

Vlok Cilliers is highly regarded as one of the finest kicking coaches in South Africa. Both Morne Steyn and Derek Hougaard credit much of their success to Cilliers, who has helped them immeasurably over the years. Vlok spent most of his rugby career with Western Province and on 17 August 1996, he earned a Springbok test cap against New Zealand in Durban. In 2004, Vlok became the kicking coach for the Blue Bulls. Since then, he has done tremendous work with the likes of Derek Hougaard, Morne Steyn, Francois Brummer and Louis Fouche, and is widely regarded as one of South Africa's top kicking coaches. Vlok recently joined Supersport as a technical commentator during live rugby games
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