Varsity Sports is proud to announce that Varsity Women’s Sevens will be introduced at a festival which will take place from 4-5 October 2019, where four Varsity Women’s Sevens teams will feature in the new tournament at the Pirates Rugby Club in Johannesburg.
Sponsored by FNB, MTN and Steers, the competition is a first for Varsity Sports as it pioneers the way for women’s sports in South Africa. Varsity Sevens manager, Jana Arlow explained that the inclusion of the tournament is a natural progression for Varsity Sports as it paves the way for gender equality in sports.
“At Varsity Sports we pride ourselves on equality and being progressive, and we are ecstatic to create a platform in which these incredibly talented athletes can show their worth,” Arlow said.
“We have seen the impact that Varsity Netball has had on the South African netball side with 10 of our players in the recent Netball World Cup squad, and how Varsity Women’s Football has impacted the South African National Women’s team with seven Varsity Women’s Football players in that World Cup squad. So, we are confident Varsity Women’s 7Sevens will contribute to the development of South African women’s rugby,” she ended.
The Format of the Tournament will Be That of a Round Robin
The teams competing are; UP-Tuks (University of Pretoria), UJ (University of Johannesburg), UKZN (University of KwaZulu-Natal) and UFH (University of Fort Hare).
The format of the tournament will be that of a round robin, with all four teams playing each other. The top two teams will then play in the final.
UP-Tuks recently came back from Costa Blanca Sevens, in Spain, where they were placed second, losing out to the Poland national team in the final, and beat the French national team in the semi-final. UP-Tuks captain Libbie Janse van Rensburg believes the new tournament is exactly what women’s rugby needs and lauded Varsity Sports for being ahead of the curve.
“I think it’s a great initiative, with the exposure that goes with all Varsity Sports tournaments, this will provide a great platform for us to promote and get women’s rugby growing in South Africa,” van Rensburg said.
“With women in sport being such a hot topic lately and with the emergence of all these top female athletes in South Africa, the future really is looking incredibly bright for women in sport,” she ended.
For more information about Varsity Sevens:
For all news, fixtures, logs and updates online: www.varsitysportssa.com
Official hashtag: #Varsity7sFest
Photo 1 Caption: The Varsity Sports Festival will feature four universities, where Tuks, who recently came back from Costa Blanca Sevens in Spain, where they were placed second, will be aiming to clinch the Varsity Sevens title in October at the Pirates Rugby Club in Johannesburg. Photo: Supplied
With editing by gsport