Whilst rugby continues to be the main focus in the four Varsity Rugby competitions – as one would expect – academics remain a close second priority for tournament organisers.
All Varsity Cup and Shield matchday squads have to boast an active student count of 78% (at least 18 out of the 23 players in the matchday squads), and these students’ results and attendances will be strictly monitored throughout the year.
The Young Guns and Steinhoff Koshuisrugby Championships tournaments continue to be students-only affairs, giving the eight Cup teams an opportunity to build more ‘student depth’ for years to come.
Academic results from 2012 will also matter, as full-time students must have passed at least 30% of last year’s subjects to be allowed to play this year (as a full-time student). Also, a player that has not passed Grade 12 cannot play in any Varsity Rugby tournaments – even as a non-student.
“We need students that are mentors on the field and off the field in the classrooms to play in our Varsity Rugby competitions,” said Varsity Cup Managing Director Duitser Bosman.
“There is a life after rugby,” he added. “We don’t want our players to be part of the lost generation of players that thought they could make a life out of rugby only to end up with nothing to fall back on.
“The aim of the Varsity Cup, and now the Shield and Young Guns tournaments too, has always been about developing better human beings and keeping the focus on academics will hopefully result in the development of more-rounded rugby players and young men.”
Varsity Rugby student regulations:
– At least 18 of the 23 players in the Varsity Cup and Shield matchday squads must be full-time students, with a minimum pass rate.
– All 23 players in the Young Guns and Koshuis matchday squads must be full-time students, also with a minimum pass rate.