FNB UFS Shimlas star voted FNB Varsity Cup’s best, wins car for life!

FNB Varsity Cup

George Lourens drove away in a Toyota Urban Cruiser 1.5 XS AT, courtesy of preferred supplier Hertz Car Rental, after winning the overall FNB Player That Rocks award.

The FNB UFS Shimlas flyhalf saw off the challenge of FNB NWU Eagles No 8 André Fouche and FNB UCT Ikeys centre Suleiman Hartzenberg in a public vote on the Varsity Cup Facebook and Instagram pages.

Lourens matriculated at Paarl Gymnasium and began his FNB Varsity Cup journey at FNB Maties, before making the move to Bloemfontein in order to play in the tournament for one more year.

The 24-year-old played a big role in FNB UFS Shimlas' successful season that saw them top the FNB Varsity Cup log for the first time. He also attracted the attention of Cheetahs coach Hawies Fourie, signing a contract with the Free State Rugby Union during the tournament.

"It was an amazing season," said Lourens after receiving his award at the Danie Craven Stadium on Monday. "It would have been great to finish it off with the Shimlas boys here [in the final]. Thanks to everyone at Varsity Cup, it's something I will never forget."

Lourens, who also received a cheque for R20,000 from FNB, said he was "very excited" to be joining the Cheetahs.

"Hopefully, I can add a bit of value there."

Lourens will certainly stand out on the streets of Bloemfontein while driving his new wheels.

"Pink's always been my colour," he said with a laugh before being handed the car keys. 

2022 FNB Varsity Cup tournament award winners:

FNB Player That Rocks: George Lourens (FNB UFS Shimlas)
FNB Back That Rocks: Nevaldo Fleurs (FNB Maties)
FNB Forward That Rocks: Thabo Ndimande (FNB UFS Shimlas)

Photo: Luigi Bennett/Varsity Cup