Players that are sure to set the field alight in the 2018 season of the FNB Varsity Cup presented by Steinhoff International.
It’s a brand new Varsity Cup season with the hottest games of varsity rugby returning to stadiums and televisions alike.
Let’s look at some of the players that are sure to be game breakers and season makers for their sides this season.
- Chriswill September (North West University)
The wily number nine goes into his third year of the Varsity Cup. After three seasons September doesn’t only have exuberance and silky hands but has grown as a player. His experience should provide a calm head to his peers on the field and in the locker room.
- Wian Conradie (University of Johannesburg)
The big utility-loose forward brings a unique physicality as well as a wealth of experience. Conradie represented Namibia at the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England and has collected four international caps since then. Conradie will be playing in his fourth Varsity Cup this year as well.
- Wandile Simelane (Wits University)
FNB Wits centre Simelane was sensational last season. There are few in the rugby world who possess such a deadly side step as well as harbours such special perception. The former Jeppe High pupil had punters whispering about the possibilities of future Springbok credentials last season and Simelane will be out to reaffirm the critics’ speculation.
- Nyasha Tarusenga (University of Cape Town)
Zimbabwean-born Tarusenga goes into his third year of the Varsity Cup. Despite the energetic loose forward’s monstrous size, he has been known to leave the opposition in his wake with some searing pace. He also showed valuable leadership, serving as FNB UCT captain in several games last season.
- Michel Hazner (Stellenbosch)
Hazner won his fair share of ‘FNB Player that Rocks’ accolades in 2017 and will bring some electricity to the FNB Maties backline in 2018. The centre proved himself to be a deftly line breaker with ball in hand and should be instrumental in setting up his outside backs this season.