Varsity teams get ‘serious reprimand’

Shimlas and NMMU were found guilty of breaking the Varsity Cup rules by fielding ineligible players.

The Varsity Cup sent out a statement on Monday confirming the news. Wits, Fort Hare, UWC and UKZN in the Varsity Shield, and Tuks and the Madibaz U20 teams in the Young Guns tournament were also found guilty.

During the Varsity Cup’s auditing process, the competition’s executive realised these teams were picking players who were not registered as varsity students, while falling short of the required 16 student players.

Managing director Duitser Bosman said all the teams received a serious reprimand as punishment.

‘We have increased the requirements for the number of bona fide students competing in the competition each season and it remains of critical importance for us,’ said Bosman. ‘We audit all squads, with the assistance of the varsities, which work was completed on 7 March.

‘A disciplinary process was set in motion as a result of which Jannie Lubbe, an experienced international judicial officer, felt a reprimand was sufficient as he regarded the breaches in the nature of an oversight. The Varsity Rugby tournaments start at the end of January, while university registration only takes place in February and some oversights occurred.’