Varsity Cup

Varsity cheat claims cleared up

2012-03-19 19:26
Varsity Cup (File)
Cape Town - Seven Varsity Rugby clubs have been reprimanded after incorrectly registering players participating in the Varsity Cup, Varsity Shield and Varsity Young Guns competitions.

This comes after Eyewitness News Sport reported on Monday that officials were investigating claims that Varsity Cup teams fielded ineligible players in this season's competition.

The discrepancies came to light as part of the Varsity Cup's auditing process and the charges were brought by the competition's executive.

Shimlas and NMMU (in the Varsity Cup) and Wits, Fort Hare, UWC and UKZN (in the Varsity Shield) and NMMU and UP-Tuks (in the Varsity Young Guns) fell foul of new Varsity Cup rules relating to academic standards.

A player has to pass 30% of his subjects in the previous year in order to be recognised as a bona fide student in the Varsity Cup or Shield the following season, according to the new ruling, which was brought in this year. The regulations require 16 out of 23 players in the matchday squad to be full-time students in the Varsity Cup and Shield. The Young Guns tournament is for students only.

"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 Varsity Cup Managing Director Duitser Bosman. "We audit all squads, with the assistance of the varsities, (for) which work was completed on March 7.

"A disciplinary process was set in motion as a result of which Jannie Lubbe SC, 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.

"This is the first year with these new rules and we need to be serious about implementing our rules at all times. It shows that we are very serious about maintaining the integrity and trust of the Varsity Cup, which, for us, will always be a student-based tournament. To emphasise that point the Varsity Cup executive appealed against the sanction.

"The appeal went before a three-man committee of Rob Stelzner and André Oosthuizen (both of whom are senior councils) and attorney Louis Booyse, and it was dealt with on Sunday, March 18 as it was always our intention to have this issue sorted out before today's final round of league matches.

"In the end, it was found - according to the tournament's constitution - that the Varsity Cup did not have the right to appeal Lubbe's suggested penalty and, thus, the findings and penalties were upheld and accepted.

"The Varsity Cup, together with its members, will continue to work hard to ensure that this remains a fair competition, as well as being appealing and attractive to the rugby-watching public."
 

Read more on:    varsity cup
NEXT ON SPORT24X

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
2 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Logs
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team
Vote

Who will you be supporting in this year's Varsity Cup competition?

 
 
Featured Blog

The stock of Bulls and Sharks 2014 Super Rugby jerseys are slowly becoming available after the festive season break, writes blogger Baylion.

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

TV schedule Plan your couch time with our searchable sport TV guide

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.