Jun 1, 2020

2020 VARSITY CUP & SHIELD FIXTURES


VARSITY CUP FIXTURES


ROUND 1
3rd FEBRUARY
17:15 FNB UP-TuksvsFNB NWU Tuks Stadium
19:00 FNB UJvsFNB Ikeys UJ Stadium
19:00 FNB UWCvsFNB Wits UWC Stadium
19:15FNB MatiesvsFNB Shimlas Danie Craven Stadium
ROUND 2
10th FEBRUARY
19:00 FNB WitsvsFNB UJWits Rugby Stadium
19:00 FNB IkeysvsFNB NWUUCT Rugby Fields
19:00FNB CUTvsFNB UP-TuksCUT Rugby Stadium
19:00FNB ShimlasvsFNB UWCShimla Park
ROUND 3
17th FEBRUARY
19:00 FNB UWCvsFNB IkeysUWC Stadium
19:00 FNB UP-TuksvsFNB UJTuks Stadium
19:00FNB MatiesvsFNB CUTDanie Craven Stadium
19:00FNB NWUvsFNB ShimlasFanie du Toit Sports Ground
ROUND 4
24th FEBRUARY
19:00FNB UP-TuksvsFNB ShimlasTuks Stadium
19:00FNB WitsvsFNB NWUWits Rugby Stadium
19:00FNB UWCvs FNB MatiesUWC Stadium
19:00FNB CUTvsFNB IkeysCUT Rugby Stadium
ROUND 5
2nd MARCH
19:00FNB ShimlasvsFNB CUTShimla Park
19:00FNB MatiesvsFNB UP-TuksDanie Craven Stadium
19:00FNB NWUvsFNB UJFanie du Toit Sports Ground
19:00FNB IkeysvsFNB WitsUCT Rugby Fields
ROUND 6
9th MARCH
19:00FNB MatiesvsFNB IkeysDanie Craven Stadium
19:00FNB CUTvsFNB UWCCUT Rugby Stadium
19:00FNB WitsvsFNB UP-TuksWits Rugby Stadium
19:00FNB ShimlasvsFNB UJShimla Park
ROUND 7
16th MARCH
19:00FNB NWUvsFNB MatiesFanie du Toit Sports Ground
19:00FNB CUTvsFNB WitsCUT Rugby Stadium
19:00FNB IkeysvsFNB ShimlasUCT Rugby Fields
19:00FNB UJvsFNB UWCUJ Stadium
ROUND 8
23rd MARCH
19:00FNB IkeysFNB UP-TuksUCT Rugby Fields
19:00FNB WitsFNB MatiesWits Rugby Stadium
19:00FNB UWCFNB NWUUWC Stadium
19:00FNB UJFNB CUTUJ Stadium
ROUND 9
30th MARCH
19:00FNB UP-TuksvsFNB UWCTuks Stadium
19:00FNB UJvsFNB MatiesUJ Stadium
19:00FNB NWUvsFNB CUTFanie du Toit Sports Ground
19:00FNB ShimlasvsFNB WitsShimla Park
ROUND 10
6th APRIL
17:15TBCvsTBC
19:15TBCvsTBC
ROUND 11
13th APRIL
19:15 TBC vs TBC
ROUND 12
21st APRIL
17:00 TBC v TBC
19:15 TBCvsTBC

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VARSITY SHIELD FIXTURES


ROUND 1
14th FEBRUARY
19:00 FNB Rhodes vsFNB TUT Rhodes Great Field
19:00 FNB MadibazvsFNB UKZNMadibaz Stadium
19:00 FNB CPUT vsFNB WSUCPUT Sports Stadium
ROUND 2
21st FEBRUARY
19:00 FNB TUT vsFNB CPUT TUT Stadium
17:15 FNB UFH vsFNB Rhodes
Madibaz Stadium
19:15 FNB Madibaz vsFNB WSU Madibaz Stadium
ROUND 3
28th FEBRUARY
19:00 FNB UKZNvs FNB CPUT Peter Booysen Stadium
19:00 FNB RhodesvsFNB Madibaz Rhodes Great Field
19:00FNB WSU vsFNB UFH BCM Stadium
ROUND 4
6th MARCH
19:00FNB CPUTvsFNB MadibazCPUT Sports Stadium
19:00FNB WSU vsFNB TUT BCM Stadium
19:00FNB UFHvsFNB UKZN Davidson Stadium
ROUND 5
13th MARCH
19:00FNB UKZNvsFNB WSUHoward College Rugby Stadium
19:00FNB CPUTvsFNB Rhodes CPUT Sports Stadium
19:00FNB TUTvsFNB UFH TUT Stadium
ROUND 6
23rd MARCH
19:00FNB TUTvsFNB MadibazTUT Stadium
19:00FNB UFHvs FNB CPUT Davidson Stadium
19:00FNB RhodesvsFNB UKZNRhodes Great Field
ROUND 7
27th MARCH
19:00FNB UKZNvsFNB TUT Howard College Rugby Stadium
19:00FNB WSUvsFNB Rhodes BCM Stadium
17:00FNB MadibazvsFNB UFH Madibaz Stadium
ROUND 8
3rd APRIL
17:15TBCvsTBC
19:15TBCvsTBC
ROUND 9
10th APRIL
19:00TBC vsTBC
PHOTO CREDIT: FNB UKZN IMPI

VARSITY SHIELD TAKES OVER FRIDAY NIGHTS

Varsity Shield fixtures will take place on Friday evenings with one fixture broadcast per round as the tournament heads into its tenth season.

The Varsity Shield has proven to be one of South Africa’s rugby treasures, producing four Springboks, namely Trevor Nyakane, Curwin Bosch, S’bu Nkosi and Herschel Jantjies. In its tenth year, the tournament will get a weekly 7pm fixture on SuperSport.

Varsity Cup Manager, Xhanti-Lomzi Nesi believes the innovation will be massive for South African rugby development, as well as the popularity of Varsity Shield fixtures.

The Varsity Shield getting a weekly fixture on SuperSport will be hugely beneficial for community and university rugby in the KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape, as well as driving interest in the tournament in these areas. The Varsity Shield will now own Friday nights and will build on the momentum Varsity Shield has been creating during its 10 years of existence.;

‘Varsity Shield is our biggest growth market as the seven Varsity Shield universities collectively represent around 215 000 students – a third of the entire public university student population,’ explained Nesi, ‘We have heard the pleas of the fans and decided to act upon it and televise one Varsity Shield fixture per week.’

Rugby World Cup winner Jantjies paid tribute the tournament for giving him a platform to build on.

‘The Varsity Shield grants young players, who didn’t make it straight out of school into a provincial or professional setup, the opportunity to showcase their talent and to also further their studies in aid for life after rugby.

‘Varsity Shield and my former coach Chester Williams definitely gave my career a kick-start.’

In 2019, the inaugural Eastern Cape Double-Derby took the BCM Stadium in East London by storm, and 2020 will be no different. On 21 February, Madibaz Rugby Stadium will host two Eastern Cape derbies with UFH taking on Rhodes and Madibaz hosting their old rival WSU.

Varsity Shield teams will have the chance to be promoted in 2020 with it being a promotion/relegation year. The team who top of the Varsity Shield log, over the combined log of 2019 and 2020, will automatically go up to the Varsity Cup for 2021. The team at the bottom of the Varsity Cup log, over the combined log of 2019 and 2020, will automatically go down to the Varsity Shield for 2021

SA Rugby Magazine

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