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Community Cup 2013 – Changing the face of SA rugby

November 22, 2012 in Uncategorized

South African rugby takes another step forward when the inaugural Community Cup kick off in February. Following on the success of the Varsity Cup in recent years it was decided to revamp the limping National Club Championships and create a similar platform for non-Varsity clubs to display their talent.

This can only be a good thing for South African rugby. The Varsity Cup has become a great resource for the provincial unions and franchises to find new young talent but with the restrictions of the Varsity Cup regarding age and academic registration the Community Cup opens up the South African rugby player pool further. Not only do the club players get the opportunity to showcase their talent the Community Cup also provides the opportunity for university students to extend their career past the Varsity Cup.  A number of ex-Varsity Cup players, having reach the age limit, has already joined other clubs in order to continue their playing careers.

Unions not involved in Super Rugby normally struggle to attract good players as the franchise unions sign all the top young talent.  The Community Cup, like the Varsity Cup, will provide a launch pad for a whole new group of players, the amateurs and semi-professionals that currently ply their trade under the radar at clubs.

As the Community Cup is basically limited to the top team of each union other clubs will also be pushed to up their player recruitment if they wish to contest for that top spot in future years.

Current National Club Champions, College Rovers, will kick off the competition on 16 February 2013 and with the final being played on Easter Monday. The winner will then take on the Varsity Cup Champion to determine the overall national club champion

Pool A
College Rovers (KZN)
Despatch (EP Kings)
Worcester Villagers (Boland)
Sishen (Griquas)
SK Walmers (WP) Wildcard

Pool B
Pretoria Police (Blue Bulls)
Durbell (WP)
Bloemfontein Police (Free State)
Welkom Rovers (Griffons)
African Bombers (EP Kings) Wildcard

Pool C
Impala (Leopards)
Roodepoort (Golden Lions)
Noordelikes (Blue Bulls Limpopo)
Raiders (Golden Lions) Wildcard
Bloemfontein Crusaders (Free State) Wildcard

Pool D
Old Selbornians (Border)
Brakpan (Valke)
Witrivier (Pumas)
Evergreens (SWD)
Roses United Wellington (Boland) Wildcard

6 responses to Community Cup 2013 – Changing the face of SA rugby

  1. is die fixtures al beskikbaar?

  2. Four of the clubs compete in the Lions’ Predator League – Roodepoort (GLRU), Impala (North West), Brakpan (Valke) and Raiders (GLRU)

  3. I am very excited about this tournament for different reasons. This tournament will also provide a unique opportunity for developing referees to get some king of exposure as a reward for good performances on their local club scenes.

    Give me more reason to try and get on Griquas’ B panel next season and have a go at getting on the A panel in 2014.

    • Club rugby has been the forgotten step child of SA rugby and this can only be a good thing. And, as you say, for ref development as well with the TV exposure. Good luck with your goals

      As to the step up by clubs, one can already see the move to a more professional approach.

      Pirates have signed a number of ex-UJ players who are too old for Varsity Cup while Impala has Wikus van Heerden and Kennedy Tsimba on its coaching staff and has also signed some ex-Varsity Cup players.

      And with KZN not having a Varsity Cup side this can help them keep some of their youngsters

  4. love SA’s rugby passion. if only this could be possible in Aus but with soccer, league and AFL….not gonna happen

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