Paarl Gymnasium vs Paul Roos Gymnasium– Background Info

On Saturday 10th May 2014 the Battle of two Gyms will commence once again when Paarl Gymnasium and Paul Roos Gymnasium take to the field in their annual interschool’s derby matches. These two schools share a long and rich history in rugby and the first recorded time old boys of the two schools played together for SA was as long ago as in 24 Nov 1906 when the Springboks played Ireland in Belfast. That day Steve Joubert was the first of many Gimmies to represent his country and his Bok captain was Paul Roos himself!



In the reverse role in 2014 we find that the current Springbok captain Jean de Villiers is an old Gimmie and that Paul Roos’s latest Springbok Willie le Roux plays in the same springbok team!. The two schools rugby history is indeed interlocked when it comes to players.


The last 5 years games are slightly in favor of the Paarl team with them having won in 2010, 2012 and 2013 and Paul Roos in 2009 and 2011. So Paul Roos would like to even up matters come the 2014 version. 

 2014 Season


Paarl Gimnasium started the season on a very quiet note and under the radar. Their 18-22 loss early in the season to new up-and-coming Menlopark is not an indication of loss in form and one should not read too much onto that result as they did play most of their reserve squad players.  Their comfortable 31-10 win over a powerful Waterkloof side is much more of an indication of what we can expect from Christof Lotters boys for this season. Two weeks later they travelled to Riversdale and in a game every one expected Oakdale to win, they handed the Riversdale Farmers their first loss of the season coming up winners 27-13. The scary part is that they accomplished this without their 2013 SA Schools fullback Grant Hermanus and two other key players in centers Wayno Visagie and Andri Cooper who are all unavailable due to injury. Hermanus and Visagie should be back after the June holidays while the prospects for Cooper looks bleak and he might not play again this season.  To top off a very good period Paarl Gim won against Afrikaans Hoër Seunskool (Affies) 40-7 at the Wildeklawer festival in Kimberley.


Key players for Gim to watch out for is lock Jaco Willemse, 8th Man Luandre Luus, No 10 Walter Smit and captain and No 9 Zandré de Koker,

Jaco Willemse                  Luandre Luus                  Walter Smit


  The 2014 Paarl Gim Squad



Gavin vd Berg


Marco Mostert


Adriaan Geldenhuys


Jaco Willemse


Ernst van Rhyn


Dieter Leicher


Waldo Macdonald


HJ Luus


Zandré de Koker


Walter Smit


Grant Williams


Willie Smal


Taigh Schoor


Leaviel Gouws


Paul Human


Willie Moolman



Paul Roos’s season started at a leisurely pace with three relatively easy wins over visiting San Isidro from Argentina, Swartland of Malmesbury and Die Brandwag of Uitenhage. Then came their first big test in Grey High from Port Elizabeth. They somehow managed to lose a match they should have won comfortably after being 26-0 up with 20 minutes to play. They ended up losing the match 27-26 due a miraculous comeback from Grey. Lessons were learned that day as this is a very good team and will yet have a good season in 2014. They had a slight hiccup over the Easter festival at St Johns losing to an inform Waterkloof 13-19 after smashing St John of Harare 80-7 two days earlier. They recovered well to beat a difficult Nelspruit team 15-10 on the final day of the festival.  Some of what they are capable off was displayed at Wildeklawer festival when they blew King Edward VII (KES) off the park in a very commanding 67-0 win. Two days later they also gave a convincing performance in winning against a strong EG Jansen 30-10. This Paul Roos team should not be underestimated and by doing so Paarl Gim will do it at their own peril.


Key players for Paul Roos is No 9 Herchelle Jantjies, Captain and 8th man Michael Meyer and winger Nico Leonard.


Herchelle Jantjies



Paul Roos 2014 Squad



Carl Prinsloo


Jacques van Zyl


Jerome Korf


Louis Conradie


Emile Cloete


Jacques Oosthuizen


Mitchell Carstens


Michael Meyer


Herschel Jantjes


Aidynn Cupido


Edwill van der Merwe


Edrich Venter


Matthew Gallow


Nico Leonard


Morne Taljaard


Muammir Salie


Robert Matthee


Christian Hamman


Dean van Tonder


Joa Swart


Calvin Nell


Reinhardt Fortuin


Joshua Vermeulen



Paarl Gimnasium Profile


 Paarl Gimnasium is a school in Paarl, Western Cape, South Africa. Rev. van Lingen founded the school in the centre of town in 1858. The primary school section of Gimnasium was founded in 1858 as a Dutch Christian school for boys, with the High School being founded much later. In the mid 30’s the school’s language of education shifted to Afrikaans. After the high school section was completed the school allowed the first female student to enroll in 1964.

The original old building of Paarl Gimnasium

Rugby at Gim

Paarl Gim is without doubt one of the Big Five of rugby schools in South Africa. They have to date produced 28 Springboks of which 18 have been capped in tests for South Africa. The current incumbent Springbok captain Jean De Villiers is an old Gimmie.


Gimnasiums 18 Test Springboks



Steve Joubert


Pierie de Villiers


JC van der Westhuizen


Jan Pickard


Hugo van Zyl


Wynand Mans


Schalk Burger Snr


Kobus Burger


Kobus Wiese


Balie Swart


Mornay Visser


Pieter Rossouw


De Wet Barry


Louis Koen


Marius Joubert


Jean de Villiers


Schalk Burger


Ashley Johnson


They have also produced 147 Cravenweek players and 36 SA Schools players. The latest being the 2013 SA Schools Captain Wikus Bothma together with Flanker Jacques Vermeulen and lock JD Schickerling.

Their biggest rivals is Paarl Boys High situated in the Southern Paarl. Their annual Interschools have the unofficial title of “Biggest Interschools” in South Africa.

In 2012, while still at school, their captain and pivot Handre Pollard represented South Africa at the u/20 World Cup tournament with aplomb. Called up for the injured Johan Goosen, Pollard played a vital role in SA winning the final against New Zealand. The young man is currently plying his trade with the Blue Bulls Super 15 team.

Handre Pollard in the colours of Gim.




Paul Roos Gymnasium profile

On 29 January 1864 the Rev. J.H. Neethling of the Stellenbosch Dutch Reformed Church writes to Dr. Langham Dale, Superintendent General of Education of the Cape:

“As a piece of news that will interest you, I may state that yesterday (28 January 1864) 30 inhabitants of this district have decided to erect a gymnasium or Latin School. They have guaranteed 465 pounds (R930) per annum, chosen a Board of Directors of five persons to carry out the resolutions with all possible speed and decided that as soon as possible a preparatory school or infant department shall be established.”

In 1879 the Gymnasium and College had separate functionally. The College acquired the name “Stellenbosch College”. In 1885 the separation also became physical when the school and College moved to new but separate premises between Andringa and Van Ryneveld Streets. The name Stellenbosch College changed to Victoria College in 1887 and this institution became the University of Stellenbosch in 1918.

In 1887, “The Young Men’s Home” or “Het Tehuis”, the first hostel for boys, opened its doors under the supervision of Mr J.D. Krige – later affectionately known as Oom Japie “Home”. The present school hall is named after him. He was vice-rector at the time of his retirement in 1948, and ever since, a painting of him takes the place of honour next to the stage.

The school was renamed three times, Stellenbosch Boys High and Victoria College after the Queen. In 1940, it was renamed after Paul Roos, a former captain of the Springbokrugby union team. Roos was a former pupil and teacher at Paul Roos Gymnasium, and was the school’s rector from 1910 to 1940.

The Rhodes Scholarship was instituted in 1903, and Paul Roos is one of four schools in South Africa that may award a Rhodes Scholarship every year to an ex-pupil to study at the University of Oxford.

Rugby at Paul Roos

The words Paul Roos and rugby are synonymous as the great man was the originator of the now famous Springbok emblem and name for the South African national team. He is seen by many as the “father” of South African rugby and it is fitting that the school that carries his name is such a powerhouse in South African schools rugby.

Paul Roos has to date produced the most South African players to represent their country on a rugby field, with Juandre Kruger becoming their 50th player when he played against England at Kingspark on June 9th 2012. Their latest Springbok is fullback Willie Le Roux who got his test cap against Italy in June 2013.

The following players from Paul Roos represented South Africa on the rugby field.

Arthur Nicholas de Kock (1891), Jacob Stephanus (Japie) Louw (1891), James Alexander (Jim) McKendrick (1891), Robert (Bob) Shand, Paul Johannes de Waal (1896), Japie Krige (1896), Bob Loubser (1896), Pieter Albertus Ryno Otto (PO) Nel (1903), Paul Johannes Roos (1903), Koei Brink (1906), Henry John (Pinkie) Daneel (1906), Boy de Villiers (1906), Freddie Luyt (1910), Dick Luyt (1910), Koot Reynecke (1910), Gideon Daniël Roos (1910), Wakkie Krige (1912), John Douglas Luyt (1912), Tom van Vuuren (1912), Nic du Plessis (1921), Theuns Kruger (1921), Charlé Meyer (1921), Mannetjies Michau (1921), Phil Mostert (1921), Tokkie Scholtz (1921), Jackie Tindall(1921), Attie van Heerder (1921), PK Albertyn (1924), Nico Bosman (1924), Daunce Devine (1924), Kenny Starke (1924), George Murray Daneel (1928), Manus de Jongh (1928), AF du Toit (1928), PK Morkel (1928), Boet Prinsloo (1928), Ferdie Bergh (1931), George Lionell van Reenen (1937), Ballie Wahl (1949), Tjol Lategan (1949), Jannie Engelbrecht (1960), Gertjie Brynard (1965), Hempies du Toit (1980), Cabous van der Westhuizen (1994), Justin Swart (1996), Cobus Visagie (1999), Andries Bekker (2008), Schalk Brits (2008), Francois Hougaard (2009), Juandre Kruger (2012),Willie Le Roux (2013)

With the current crop of excellent youngster coming through the ranks, one can be assured that Paul Roos will keep on producing rugby players that will go on to represent their country one day.


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