The Chris Burger Petro Jackson Players’ Fund will be hosting a breakfast on Wednesday 8 August 2018 to recognise and celebrate the women behind rugby. Those who never miss a game, who pick up the pieces after a win or a loss, who are alongside every celebration and those who play the role of Rugby’s Caring Hands during times of injury! 

We invite you to hear the first-hand stories from a group of strong and beautiful South African women who cherish the value of the sport that has been constantly entwined with the development & growth of South Africa as a country – as well as everyone who plays it. The discipline it teaches at school level, the sense of belonging it provides at club level and a way to represent and stand tall for your country and region at national and international levels.

In 2017 the Chris Burger Petro Jackson Players’ Fund introduced the slogan “Rugby’s Caring Hands” to clearly define the role played within the rugby community. For 38 years the Players’ Fund has supported over 500 fallen rugby heroes and their families as they face the challenging road of life after the game, brought on by serious injury. Being approachable, caring and stable has allowed the Players’ Fund a close look into the lives of the recipients and one can say with confidence, that in most of these unique stories – there is a woman who has given more than she has ever taken and would do so again in a heartbeat. This is our chance to thank and celebrate these women!

Dr Phatho Zondi

The head of the house and MC of the event will be Dr Phatho Zondi who is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the Sports Science Institute of SA. With a history closely weaved in with rugby and a Mom to two gorgeous little girls, she will not only keep you spell-bound by the way she speaks, but will make you want to stand up, speak out and push boundaries. The audience will have the

Joey Lugt

honour of hearing the first-hand story of a passion for life and adventure by Joey Lugt. A story which has unfolded alongside her husband JP who is also a recipient of the Players’ Fund who sustained a spinal cord injury on the field while he was playing rugby at Stellenbosch at the age of 20. With three kids and an exhausting diary, she still manages to calm every room she walks into and prove that anything is possible.


The panel discussion will give the audience a glimpse into the homes and lives of Willemein du Toit and Rachel Kolisi, both of whom are enormously caring women driven to make a difference in their own ways, while also being the wives of Springbok captains. We will hear from the ‘Mamma Bok’-Anne Lee Murray who has over 200 Springbok (management) caps and Rene Naylor who has been the Springbok team physiotherapist for over 10 years.

All attendees will be spoiled with good coffee, great food, bubbles sponsored by Kloovenburg Wines and a bottle of Cabernet Franc Rosé from Delaire Graff to take home. Irresistible raffle and auction items   will also be available on the day.

If you enjoy taking your foot off the pedal for a morning, being pampered, hearing uplifting and entertaining stories and supporting a worthy cause that makes a difference – book your table today!

The event will start at 09h00am in the picturesque bowls club house at Kelvin Grove in Newlands on Wednesday 8 August giving guests the perfect send-off to a long-weekend if you’ve played your cards right.

Tickets will cost R350 a head and can be reserved by emailing or by calling the Players’ Fund Office on (021) 659 5615.


Women’s Day Breakfast Invite