In 2019, the Ikey Tigers were invited to defend our World University Rugby Cup title in Japan. Of course, we accepted the invitation, with the full intention of bringing the trophy back to South Africa for another four years.

In order to make a tour like this financially possible the players and management put in a place an ambitious fundraising plan to raise the almost R1m required (approximately R28k pp for each of the 35 travelling players and management).

The Club was overwhelmed with the outpouring of support that we received from our supporters, colleagues, old boys, friends and family of the Club, with many generously dipping into their own pockets to buy a raffle ticket, bid on an auction prize, and/or offer sponsorship in support of the tour.

As a result of these generous donations, we were delighted to announce to those who joined us at the Ikeys Raffle and Auction Night on Saturday 17 Aug that we successfully hit our fundraising target for the tour.

Final Touring Squad Announced! Click here to view the squad!


Several fundraising events and activities took place between May and September 2019 – see below for details.


On Saturday, 17th August, the Ikey Tigers hosted a Raffle and Auction night at the Jack Black Brewery to raise funds for the upcoming tour to Japan. A massive congratulations to Neil Macdonald, the winner of the four-nights stay in the Okavango Delta for two!


Former Club President, Dugald Macdonald, is wrapping up the final post-production touches on his latest film, Blindside, which explores the Club’s history. A private screening will be held in Cape Town in late July/August. Date to be confirmed (watch this space).


On Thursday 30 May 2019, Michael Charton shared his acclaimed story about the 1937 Springboks to a packed room of Ikey players, old boys, supporters and friends of the Club – with all proceeds being donated towards the upcoming tour to Japan for the World University Rugby Cup.


On 19 July 2019, we pulled out the golf clubs and had a fantastic afternoon in Westlake, all in support of the Japan Tour.


In true Ikey style we took our fundraising efforts to Tin Roof in Claremont on Friday 19 July. Clearly it did the boys some good, going on to defeat Tygerberg RFC the next day.