One of the toughest challenges faced by a Varsity Cup player is balancing academics with rugby. While we all know which players have gone on to represent the Green and Gold, here are a few you may remember, who are putting the degrees they earned while playing in the competition to good use.
These are prime examples of why students are required to obtain a minimum of 60 credits in order to play – to prepare for life after rugby, which begins much sooner for some than for others.
Beyers de Villiers (FNB Maties)
FNB Maties had a natural-born leader in Beyers back in their 2017 Varsity Cup campaign. A phenomenal talent at flank, De Villiers was advised by specialists to end his career early due to recurring head injuries. He graduated with a post-grad in Project Management later that year and now works at merchandise buyer Long4Life.
James Kilroe (FNB UCT)
Kilroe was not only a member of the famous 2014 Varsity Cup-winning FNB UCT team, he also excelled off the field, studying engineering, philosophy and space studies! Going on to further his studies at the University of Cambridge, Kilroe is a technologist and an engineer and specialises in business technology, including Blockchain. Not your average lock by any means.
Herbert Mayosi (FNB UCT)
A member of the 2008 FNB UCT team that reached the inaugural Varsity Cup final, Mayosi was always a leader. Studying his LLB, his rugby career was sidelined as he pursued a career in law. Now with 10 years behind him, he specialises in civil litigation, commercial law, competition law and even sports & media law.
Luther Obi (FNB NWU)
You know him as the Cheetahs and FNB NWU winger, but Luther Obi has also launched iShave – a mobile barber service in Bloemfontein. Obtaining his Bachelor of Law degree at NWU, Obi used the knowledge he gained from studying to fill a gap in the market and co-found iShave.
Jacobie Adriaanse (FNB Maties)
Brother of Lourens Adriaanse, Jacobie was also a member of the victorious 2008 FNB Maties team. He graduated with a BCom in Business Management and has now begun working at Imperial Logistics on his off days.
Sam Peter (FNB UCT)
Another FNB UCT graduate, Sam Peter spent two seasons representing the Ikeys, but his rugby career was not to be. While at UCT, he obtained his BA in Business Science. He went on to earn his MBA and he now works at Gateway Partners dealing in venture capital and private equity.
Aphiwe Dyantyi (FNB UJ)
He’s now a household name, but Dyantyi was just another student in the lecture hall a year or two back. He completed his BCom Marketing Honours degree and though he’s still at the top of his game, making waves on the world stage, he’s begun freelancing for his brother’s company.
Charlie Baggot (FNB Wits)
In 2011 and 2012, Baggot was a key member of the FNB Wits squad who earned promotion to the Varsity Cup. In 2013 he was the captain as they moved up. He completed his medical degree before making a special return, as FNB Wits’ team doctor in 2017.
Let us know who else has gone on to do impressive things off the field, using their degrees.