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WSU Debuts at Prestigious Varsity 7’s Rugby Tourney

By Supplied - Apr 23, 2015
WSU Debuts at Prestigious Varsity 7’s Rugby Tourney

Walter Sisulu University rugby is set to undergo a thorough examination at the hands of the country’s top teams at this year’s prestigious Varsity Sevens Rugby competition to be held in Cape Town from 25-27 April.

Debutants, WSU All Blacks, will hope to emerge unscathed from what promises to be a gruelling battle against nine competitors who’re dead-set on getting their hands on the ultimate prize- being crowned champions.

The road to the third instalment of Varsity 7’s has been an arduous one, with the WSU All Blacks having to qualify through the sevens rugby competition at the University Sports South Africa (USSA) games held in George last December.

“We’ve been through the wars to get here. We’ve had to tackle some of South Africa’s best to clinch a spot in this great event so we’re not here by luck,” says WSU All Blacks coach Sipho Metula. 

The men in black face a taxing schedule as they play nine matches in two days during the 45-match round-robin stage on the weekend.

Monday, the final day, will require the team to muster strength for one more assault as teams play for a position in the final standings.

“We’re under no illusions as to the task that lies ahead. We’re going up against the cream of the crop – teams with big reputations.”

“It will be tough, but we’re ready for anything that comes our way. We’re not there to make up the numbers, nor will we be anybody’s whipping boys,” said Metula.

WSU sports administrator Bongo Nontshinga says the competition will contribute immensely to the institutions efforts to grow the sport.

“WSU’s rugby brand is growing year by year and with this competition we hope it grows even further. We’re aiming at increasing the pool of players from which to choose from for our teams,” he said.

WSU Acting Spokesperson Thando Cezula highlighted the importance of such tournaments in creating a culture of sports participation within institutions amongst the youth.

“As central a role we play in student academics, the University must also play a key role in promoting a healthy, balanced and well-rounded lifestyle for its students. Such tournaments, on such a big scale, help us promote this ethos – critical in the University’s endeavours to produce mature, well-adjusted graduates,” said Cezula.