The UCT Ikey Tigers are gearing up to defend their title at the prestigious World Universities Rugby International Tournament (WURIT) in Bordeaux this September. As two-time defending champions, the team is eager to showcase their skills and talent on the international stage once again.
The WURIT competition brings together the leading university rugby teams from across the globe, providing a platform for student-athletes to excel and fostering camaraderie among participants from diverse backgrounds.
In the round-robin stage, the Ikey Tigers will face tough competition from New Zealand Combined Universities, the University of British Columbia, USA All-Stars, the University of Bordeaux, and Sydney University before entering the knockout phase. All games will be live-streamed by the hosts, with details shared on our social platforms closer to the time.
A group of 34 players and management, lead by tour head coach Robbie Fleck, departs for Paris on 17th September. This will be a first trip overseas for a third of the squad, many of whom have been looking forward to this tour for 4 years.
Beyond the competitive aspect, the WURIT promotes a spirit of global friendship and cultural exchange. Players will have the opportunity to network with like-minded individuals, engage in local outreach initiatives and immerse themselves in French culture.
This is a wonderful opportunity but also an expensive one and is entirely funded by the Club with players contributing where they are able to. The primary fundraising initiative for the tour is a raffle which the players themselves will be driving.
The prize is a luxury Botswana travel package for 2, courtesy of Natural Selection Safaris, valued at over R200 000. Please consider buying a raffle ticket (or 3!) and supporting our students for this once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Once an Ikey, always a Tiger!