A Tribute to Gary Grant

Ikeys are mourning the sad and untimely death of Gary Grant, ex Ikey player and administrator, and one of our staunchest supporters. He will be sadly missed by everyone who knew him. Our hearts and sincere condolences go out to his wife Debbie, daughter Jamie and son Dean.

Max Baise – Memories of reffing Ikeys games

Max Baise (now 88), a former Springbok referee from Riversdale, has given some of his notes of key games he refereed involving the Ikeys.

Catching up with Suwi Chibale in Cambridge

The last time we caught up with Suwi Chibale was when he was at Edinburgh University, but we were recently intrigued to see a photo of him on the Mathematical Bridge* at Queen’s College, Cambridge, as well as a photo of his father with his older brother many years ago.

Q&A with Jono Field – Our Talent Acquisition, Academic Support Go-to Guy & “Cool Uncle”

Jono Field sits down with Jamie Kawalsky to give his nuggets of wisdom. Find out what makes an Ikey Tiger different to anyone else!

An extract from “Hooked on Varsity”

An extract from “Hooked on Varsity” by the late Ivan Nurick, which was published in December 2009. Ivan was the unofficial historian of UCT Rugby, and he was asked to select a few fantasy teams, including a “Best Medical XV”, which includes a number of Ikey players and legends.

Chris Pope: Ikey, Western Province and Springbok rugby legend

Chris is famously remembered for scoring the winning try for Western Province against the All Blacks at Newlands in 1976. To the Ikeys he is also remembered for captaining the Ikeys in 1976 to a 10 – 3 Intervarsity win over the Matie’s, for the first time in 15 years!

A Tribute to Greg Swiel

Of all the marvellous players who have worn the blue-and-white Ikeys stripes in the nearly 140 years of club history, not all that many would match Greg Swiel for the maverick nature of his ball-playing creativity, daring attacking initiative, or sheer audacity, allied with skill, in launching counter-attacks from seemingly impossibly deep positions on the field.

Ikey Legend, Allan Danker

Anyone interested in rugby in the Western cape in the sixties, seventies and eighties would remember the name Allan Danker well. Allan was a respected referee and coach in the Western Cape from 1959 to 1990. Allan has a strong bond with Ikeys rugby and coached at UCT from 1966 to 1980.

Ikeys in the News January 2020

A look at some of our ex Ikey players playing professional or representative rugby all around the world.

Lessons from All Black Rugby Culture

In 1963 Tim Saunders formed part of the Ikeys Junior Touring Team who traveled to Northern Free State and shares what it was like to tour as an Ikey in the 1960s; especially after arriving at UCT after two years adventure in Rhodesia and the southern half of New Zealand.