History of NNK Rugby Club

The Club Noordelikes (in English Northerns) was established in 1951, and was a strength in the Western Province, South Africa, club rugby. The club produced many provincial players as well as Springboks including captains Hennie Muller and Corne Krige.

In 1988, when rugby already was an unofficial professional game, Northerns went through a very bad stage; at the start of the season they lost 13 of their 1st team to Boland Provincial Rugby to form the core of the 1st provincial team coached by Nick Mallet (current Director of Rugby at WP) and had to face the real possibility of relegation. At this time the students from the college played in a lower league but were in fact more powerful than the remaining first team. With their assistance they ensured that Northerns stay in the first league by ending fifth from the bottom of the first league. They then decided to amalgamate, changing the name to Parow Noordelikes Tygerberg Kollege (in EnglishParowNorthernsTygerbergCollege) or Parow NTK. This was then changed to NTK Rugby Club.

Apart from the Northerns Colours (red jersey and white shorts) the tradition of singing the Northerns song after every game still lives on.

As NTK the club won the Grand Challenge (First League) competition in the Western Province from 1992 till 1996.

The club went thru another renaming when the college changed from Tygerberg College to Northlink College.  The club is now know as Northens Northlink Rugby Club (NNK)

The average age group of the players at NNK are 24.

In 2003 the appointment of a Club Manager was done. His tasks include the socialization of players, obtaining sponsors, keeping and signing players and ensuring that management do their job as spelled out in their job description. 

NNK enters 5 senior and 3 U/20 teams for every season. Each team performed exceptionally well in their leagues during the 2006 season.  The first team ended third on the Super A League behind Stellenbosch University & UCT with the 2nd team was joint league winners with UCT 2nd team.

Here follow the names of our –
Hennie Muller, Henning van Aswegen, Tommy Laubsher, Charlie Cockrell, Gert Kotze, Robert Cockrell, Colin Greenwood, Wynand Mans, Toks van der Linde, Danie Gerber, Tiaan Strauss, Heinrich Fuhls, Werner Greeff and Corné Krige.
Famous coaches:
Hennie Muller, Gert Small (now Springbok assistant coach) and Francois Bonthuys (ex WP player & Vodacom coach)

NNK is situated in the northen suburb of Parow in Cape Town South Africa. We have 3 rugby fields with flood lights and a pavilion that can seat up to 1 500 people. In addition we have a full-time sports doctor and physiotherapists for each of the first 3 teams.

Our mission for 2007 is to involve our local primary and high schools and to make the young players part of the club.

Ronnie Taylor

(Complete Club Profile: Club Profile )