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
College Rovers (KZN)
Despatch (EP Kings)
Worcester Villagers (Boland)
SK Walmers (WP) Wildcard
Pretoria Police (Blue Bulls)
Bloemfontein Police (Free State)
Welkom Rovers (Griffons)
African Bombers (EP Kings) Wildcard
Roodepoort (Golden Lions)
Noordelikes (Blue Bulls Limpopo)
Raiders (Golden Lions) Wildcard
Bloemfontein Crusaders (Free State) Wildcard
Old Selbornians (Border)
Roses United Wellington (Boland) Wildcard