Speaker | Physiotherapist | Consultant
Meet Rene

Rene has almost 130 caps as part of the Springbok rugby medical team. This culminated in World Cup success in 2019. Her professional contribution to the Springbok campaign demonstrated to girls and boys from all walks of South African life that they too could aspire to be on that world stage and achieve that dream.
Rene Naylor has shown the power of perseverance and purpose many times over and carries that same dedication for the proverbial “full 80 minutes” of her motherhood, physiotherapy, consulting and public speaking.

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My Services

I consider myself an holistic professional and offer the following services:

Advisory & Consultancy Physiotherapy
Academic Programming & Lecturing
Motivational Speaking
Advocacy of Women in Sport
Online Fitness Video Productions
Corporate Engagements

Experience & Qualifications

Rene qualified with a B.Sc in Physiotherapy from the University of Western Cape, and an MPhil in Sports Physiotherapy from the University of Cape Town. She also has a post graduate certificate in Orthopaedic ManipulativeTherapy. She has practiced as a physiotherapist for 27 years and has worked almost exclusively with rugby players from amateur to elite level.

For all physiotherapy related inquiries, contact rene@naylorandcroy.com


Owing to her humble beginnings from Belhar, Cape Town, the notion of “challenging the norm” is one that has never been foreign to Rene. Her vision to bridge the gap of injury management and prevention between professional and amateur rugby teams, has seen her as being regarded as one of the foremost global practitioners in sports physiotherapy. In a career that has seen Rene take position as part of Springbok management team boasting the highest staff compliment made up of women seen at a Rugby World Cup tournament. Her dedication to women empowerment and advancing sports injury prevention remains her primary focus.


  • Ministerial Recognition Award for outstanding women in their field at the Momentum Gsport Awards (2020)

  • SASMA Honorary Award for outstanding contribution in Sport Medicine (2018)

For all commercially related inquiries, contact info@27sports.tv

Injury Prevention Programme


The Springboks’ winning the 2019 Rugby World Cup staged in Japan can be attributed to a number of factors. One of those factors is the role played by the physiotherapy team in keeping the players off the medical table through injury prevention. She has spent many years developing an injury risk profiling system for SA rugby players which includes an intervention component. The musculoskeletal tests used to develop an injury risk profile of a player is available globally on the BOKSMART programme.


TV Interviews

Radio Interviews



Corporate Engagements

  • Heineken Employees Conference

  • EO Cape Town

  • Investec Asset Management Global Leaders Conference

  • Astron Energy

  • Nampak Finance Conference

  • GCI Webinar

  • UWC & UCT Faculty Orientation Motivational Talks

  • Virgin Active Webinar

  • Wits Sport Webinar

Contact rene

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