Becoming An Ikey Tiger for the Rest of Your Life

‘Strive not to be a success, but rather of value’ – Albert Einstein

Rugby reveals you. It also builds you up, and empowers you to become successful in multiple facets of life. Whether you are an outstanding schoolboy rugby player, an enthusiastic thirsty thirds prospect, or simply a passionate rugby follower; I have no doubt in my mind that UCT Rugby Club is the best University in the country, the continent, and possibly even the world, to help you forge a successful future.

That being said, becoming an Ikey Tiger is not an easy process. Make no mistake, UCT Rugby Club is not just a platform to catapult yourself into the lucrative world of professional rugby. In fact, if you want to become an immediate rugby mercenary, rather go to another university.

Instead, UCT Rugby Club is a tough and demanding finishing school for those who want to combine achievement both on and off the field. It focuses on equipping those who put in the effort and passion to go out into the world and face any challenge with grit, determination, integrity. We produce rugby men and women who are useful and well-rounded in business and in play.

So successful has been the outcome of the Ikey philosophy and implementation over the years that even in the professional era of rugby, the success of numerous Ikeys in the professional game has been the result of a combination of academic application and the maximization of talent and determination, on and off the rugby field.

Even for die-hard, lifelong Ikeys like myself, it is eye-opening to reflect on the achievements of numerous Ikeys of the new millennium and the 90s. There are so many who have gone overseas or remained in South Africa who exemplify what being an Ikey is and how an Ikey can compete and excel anywhere in the world, on and off the rugby field. In fact, since the start of the new millennium, we have fielded over 30 international players, including:

Dion O’Cuinnegain (Ireland)
Bodo Sieber (Germany)
Philip Baier (Germany)
Simon Lukell (Sweden)
Brent Russell (Springbok)
Anthony Roberts (Zimbabwe)
Dan Vickerman (Australia)
Hanyani Shimange (Springbok)
Matt Stevens (England)
Mattias Bjorkenback (Sweden)
Dallen Stanford (USA/Sevens)
Matthew Turner (England/Sevens)
Kyle Brown (Springbok/Sevens)
JJ Gagiano (USA)
Eben Etzebeth (Springbok)
Marcel Brache (USA)
Damian de Allende (Springbok)
Siya Kolisi (Springbok)
Dylan Sage (Springbok/Sevens)
Don Armand (England)
Huw Jones (Scotland)
Dillyn Leyds (Springbok)
Sikhumbuzo Notshe (Springbok)
Nyasha Tarusenga (Zimbabwe)
Dayne Jans (Hong Kong)
Grant Kemp (Hong Kong)
Dylan Rogers (Hong Kong)
Liam Slatem (Hong Kong)
Matthew Rosslee (Hong Kong)

As I said at the beginning, rugby reveals you; and why I urge you to become an Ikey is very simple. UCT Rugby Club reveals the very best of you, as a player, as a teammate and as a human being graduating into the professional world.

Here’s a sneak preview of what awaits you should you choose to become an Ikey Tiger:

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Gavin Fernie
UCTRFC 1963-1965

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