As we edge closer to the kick-off of the 2019 Varsity Cup season, we’re in eager anticipation for what exciting or controversial rules changes will be added, what entertaining new innovations we can expect on campus and not only how good our teams will play, but how sexy they’ll look in their 2019 kit. Here are some of the best we’ve seen over the years!
FNB TUT go retro
It’s the type of kit that will divide rooms, but we love a bit of retro and it doesn’t come much better than the FNB TUT kit of 2009. This is a jersey you pull out 20 years later and it’s back in fashion. Ten years on and it’s aged like a fine wine. We’re happy to bring it out and let it air.
The classic tiger stripes of FNB UCT
It’s an iconic jersey, worn by a club rich in history. There’s no second guessing which team you support when donning the blue and white stripes. This version in particular, with the old school collar, is every rugby romantic’s cup of tea. A special touch to have the name of FNB UCT’s former teammate, the late Monte Taljaard, etched into the collar too.
African flavour of Walter Sisulu
It’s always special when a team can incorporate their unique identity into their kit. FNB WSU have gone with the Nguni cow hide pattern – something you’ll never see overseas and is an integral part of the Eastern Cape’s uniqueness. We’re all for it!
Iconic colours of FNB Tuks
The Stripe Generation have stuck to their candy stripes for decades. It’s a jersey that has become synonymous with excellence and students of Pretoria University strive to earn their stripes, and the opportunity to pull this classic South African rugby jersey over their heads. While the design may change slightly, the iconic white kit with simple red, blue and yellow stripes will never change.
Black is the new orange
Without losing their familiar orange, FNB UJ introduced a secondary kit in 2016 that was undoubtedly the sexiest of the season. Full black, with what appeared to be orange and white flames rising up the side of the shirt – it was as sexy as jerseys come. They never needed an excuse to opt for the black ‘away’ kit and it has since remained in the FNB UJ locker. It also helped that the players wearing the jersey were the likes of Aphiwe Dyantyi and Ronald Brown, tearing down the wings in a black and orange blur.
Nelson Mandela University underwent a name, logo and kit change in 2018. Creating a stronger identity and freshening up their look, their Varsity Cup team went with a fresh design and attractive pattern, while keeping their navy blue and yellow colours. A sexy facelift for sure.
FNB NWU had held firm to their original design and colours until 2018. The university attempted to bring two campuses closer together and unify Mafikeng and Potchefstroom. In doing so, the Pukke were renamed NWU and in a complete colour change, they went for purple. While students were divided at first, they quickly grew to love the unique, edgy an recognisable purple.