Until recently, the North-West University had been known as NWU-Pukke for as long as they had been playing rugby.
The name 'Pukke' came from Potchefstroom Universiteit Kampus (PUK).
However, the North-West University now comprises three campuses – in Potchefstroom, Mafikeng and the Vaal Triangle – so, at the beginning of 2018, the university rebranded to purple to unite all three.
All NWU sports teams are now referred to as the NWU Eagles. The name derives from the university mascot, Eagi, who represents a unitary institution.
"The eagle symbolises NWU’s brand attributes," says university spokesperson Bertie Jacobs, "which are value-driven, promotion of relevant graduates, vibrant students, socially responsive, as well as academic excellence.
“The eagle has many positive meanings across many cultures and it represents the university’s traits," he adds.
"These include vision, success, aspiration, courage, expansion, leadership, and freedom. Eagles focus on the ultimate goal and disregard any potential obstacles and fear.”
In sport, Jacobs says the name 'NWU Eagles' is a representation of the university and a reflection of the university’s drive to make students, staff, society and every one of their stakeholders soar.