Five ex Ikey players, who played a key part of the Ikeys making the final of the 2021 Varsity Cup, have moved on to study at St Andrews in Scotland. They took part in the Scottish Intervarsity game against Edinburgh University.
Ex Ikey captain and loose forward Liam Greenhalgh started at no 8, Devon Arendse at prop, Josh Van Vuuren at hooker, Byron Bowes at lock and Gerhard Pieterse at centre all ran on in the starting 15.
After a few years of dominance by Edinburgh, St Andrews won a hard-fought game by 18 points to 5 to take the trophy.
The game was played behind closed doors with a small number of friends and families of the players, other members of the Rugby Clubs and a small number of university students and staff.
The two clubs are some of the oldest in the world, with Edinburgh’s rugby club being formed in 1857, and St. Andrews in 1858. The tradition is believed to be one of the oldest varsities in the world, with matches starting between the two universities in the 1860s, laying claim to the title of the “world’s oldest varsity match.
Interestingly, ex Ikey Suwi Chibale played for the University of Edinburgh in the 2019 Scottish Varsity Match against St Andrews.