The Beast Foundation Annual Rugby Bootcamp 2021

Are you South Africa’s next rugby champion? The Beast Foundation Annual Rugby Bootcamp is finally here!

The Bootcamp is an integrated rugby and life skills 10-day learning camp for aspiring South African rugby players between the ages of 16 and 20 years old (female and male) hosted by Rugby Legend, Tendai ‘Beast’ Mtawarira.

Selected individuals will be flown to Durban and accommodated at the camp for 10 days for intense rugby training and life skills development from professionals and experts across various fields – all expenses paid. Sessions will include the theory of rugby, coaching and life skills. You will meet and engage with top rugby professionals and have the opportunity to be scouted to play professionally. At the end of the bootcamp you will receive an accredited certificate and presented with opportunities to apply for scholarships.

Looking for your next big break? Apply below and change your life.



*Dates of the tests and Bootcamp will be communicated to applicants pending government COVID-19 safety measures in place

March 2021 – Launch


April 2021 – Applications Open

National recruitment – application open to all who fit the criteria (please see T’s & C’s for further info). Applications online only here.


To Be Confirmed – Testing

Physical testing – if you are shortlisted, you will receive an invitation to try out at a field near you on a predetermined time and date. We will be visiting all 9 provinces. Dates will be confirmed with applicants via email or whatsapp.


To Be Confirmed – Bootcamp

If you are amongst the selected 50 up and coming rugby players, you will be transported to Durban for a 10-day bootcamp during the school holidays. During these 10 days you will train, network and participate in workshops.


Frequently Asked Questions:

How do I join the Bootcamp?

Start by filling out your details in our application form here.

This will determine whether or not you qualify for the tryouts. You will receive an automated response via email confirming your application has been accepted for review. At the current moment, all applications are being fielded through this website. Any applications via email, letter, whatsapp or telephone will not be considered.

Can I join the Bootcamp if I am not South African?

The Bootcamp is currently only open to South African nationals. You will be required to provide your ID number and a valid identification document.

Can I join the Bootcamp if I don’t play in a club?

Applicants will need to have some form of club or academy experience. You will be asked to provide a reference. This can be your coach or your someone in the position to confirm you have experience in playing rugby. We will be checking your references once your application is submitted.

What will I learn at the Bootcamp?

Aside from receiving intensive physical training, you will participate in an accredited learning program designed specifically for the rugby Boootcamp. This program will help you develop your skills in rugby as well as and prepare you for your future in professional rugby. During the bootcamp, you will also be lucky enough to not only meet Beast himself, but also other rugby professionals. You might even have the opportunity to be scouted during the Bootcamp.

Where will the Bootcamp take place?

The Bootcamp will take place at JONSSON KINGS PARK in Durban.

Our partners, the Sharks, will give us their facilities for the 10-day period. Should you be selected, you will be contacted by a local person in your province that will help you to organise the trip. Your transport from your home to the Bootcamp will be fully paid and you will be given accommodation and meals for the whole period. If you are underage, you will require permission from a parent or guardian to travel.

Can I bring anyone with me to the Bootcamp?

No. You will not be permitted to bring any guests to the Bootcamp.

What about COVID-19 safety measures?

COVID-19 safety measures will be applied at all times during the Bootcamp process. If you are selected as one of the 50 bootcampers, you will have to do a COVID-19 RNA or PCR test 24 hours before your departure to the Bootcamp. We will arrange and pay everything for you. Then you will have a second test upon arrival in Durban. If you test positive to either of these, you will no longer be allowed to attend the Bootcamp. Your application will however be re-considered for the next Bootcamp.

What if I am under 18?

In the case of underage applicants (16 or 17), you will need to provide written consent from a parent or legal guardian to take part in the Bootcamp. A form will be provided.

What if I can’t afford to go to the Bootcamp?

All travel, accommodation and meals will be covered by the Beast Foundation and its partners. Any costs not pertaining to the Bootcamp and its necessities will not be covered.

If I get accepted to the Bootcamp, will I be sharing a room for its duration?

The room-sharing will be split according to gender and age groups. Bootcampers will be monitored by moderators at all times by chaperones. Should you have any special needs, discomfort or complaints, you are welcome to raise them beforehand with your chaperone, who will be happy to help if possible. 

What if my application gets rejected? May I try again?

If your application does not pass the qualification phase, this means your current experience is not sufficient to qualify. You are welcome to re-apply next year.

What if I have not told the truth in my application?

All applications will be verified. References will be contacted. If we are not able to reach any reference person, we will contact you. If any information is not verifiable or false, your application will be rejected.

Have we not answered your question?

Please feel free to use our whatsapp line at +27 (0)64 933 3818 You will receive an answer within 24 hours.


Questions or Queries:


+27 (0)64 933 3818

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