Three new universities join the FNB Varsity Shield presented by Steinhoff International.
They are FNB Rhodes, FNB CPUT (Cape Peninsula University of Technology), and FNB WSU (Walter Sisulu University). The FNB Varsity Shield presented by Steinhoff International season kicks off on 9 February. The tournament has grown from five to seven teams. A daunting task awaits the new trio as all of their opening matches are away games.
It’s an all-Cape affair, in the season opener, as FNB UWC host neighbours FNB CPUT while FNB Rhodes travel to Tshwane to face FNB TUT. The final new kid on the block, FNB WSU, will be hosted at the Davidson Stadium by FNB UFH which will be one of the two televised Varsity Shield matches on SuperSport; the other being the Cape Town derby.
“Varsity Cup has become a highlight on the rugby-mad South African’s sporting calendar as fans look forward to a unique and entertaining sporting display every Monday night,” said Varsity Cup Manager, Xhanti-Lomzi Nesi.
“There is great excitement around the eagerly anticipated try-scoring rule this season, which will see a try counting seven points when originating from anywhere in a team’s own half, and five points if in the opposition half. This rule will reward teams that score tries without surrendering possession, running it in from their own half. The amended mauling law and scrumming law also added an exciting dimension to the playing conditions in 2016, decreasing the amount of time spent resetting these two aspects of play.”