A Few More Varsity Cup Experiments in Store

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A Few More Varsity Cup Experiments in Store


JOHANNESBURG: Despite the setback of losing Steinhoff as one of its major sponsors, the 2018 Varsity Cup will be as good as ever, promised chairman and South African Rugby Union chief executive Jurie Roux yesterday when the 11th edition of the tournament was launched in Johannesburg.

The troubled retail giant, with operations in Africa, Australia, Europe and the US, withdrew their sponsorship of Varsity Cup a few weeks ago and last week also announced they would no longer be involved with the SA Sevens team as the main sponsor. Roux though stated yesterday that while it was a big blow to the competition, main Varsity Cup sponsor, FNB, had stepped in to make up for the shortfall of Steinhoff pulling out.

"It's a setback, but FNB has stepped up and helped us out in the interim," said Roux.

"We'll now go to market, but it would have been unfair on anyone else to be asked to step in so quickly."

With regards the Sevens team, who are the current World Series defending champions, Roux said: "We're in the market. There are contracts that need to be considered and there are legal hoops we have to jump through ... but the good news is there is a long list of people interested in the Sevens team.

"They're hot property at the moment, certainly hotter than the Springboks ... they're a transformed team, they're a winning team and they're a vibrant bunch. …

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