Should Super Rugby contracted players play Varsity Cup?
February 12, 2013 in Uncategorized
So I watched the Varsity Cup on Monday night and could not help to notice how many contracted players are playing Varsity cup. Esp in the Bulls and Ikeys teams.
That got me thinking should players already contracted by the unions (like BBC or WPRU) be allowed to play Varsity Cup? These players are professional rugby players and not students. Some of them have been professionals from grade 10 already.
Varsity Cup have made a ruling that at least 18 out of the 23 players in the match day squads be full-time students that have passed at least 30% of the subjects they studied the previous year. And even the non-student players need to have passed Grade 12.
Now this is all idle but the BBC/WPRU can easily enroll a player in some make shift degree to get their players to play Varsity Cup. And to only have to pass 30% of your subjects is a disgrace to any university. One only have to achieve 50% in a subject to pass the subject which will mean that a player will only have to achieve 50% in 3 of his subjects. The universities should at least be asking a student to pass 70 – 80% of all his subjects. If this is to demanding then university is maybe not for you. At university studies should be 1st and sports an extra curricular activity.
The whole concept of the Varsity Cup was to catch talent that was missed at schoolboy level. Thus giving late developers a chance to shine and be seen by recruiters of the unions. Thus creating more depth in our country catching these players who would have been lost to SA Rugby. BUT at the moment all the Varsity cup is doing is giving more game time to the players already contracted by the unions. Thus the late developers again will be falling through the cracks.
Varsity Cup should be an amateur competition with amateur students getting time to shine. It was not intended for the already rich players with huge contracts at the unions to get some more game time.
I am not talking about players that play varsity cup and then gets called up to the unions in times of crises to help out on s short term contract game by game. But rather about the players who already have a 2 – 3 year contract with the unions.
At the moment the line between university and union are totally blurred and it looks like the unions are only using the universities to develop their contracted players. Rather than the universities developing new players.
Look if they want to go the way they are going then they should scrap all the academic B.S. and say the Varsity cup is a club comp that is funded by the unions for the enjoyment of the students. But do not try to then market it as a Varsity vs Varsity comp like in the old days.