South Africa

Francois Pienaar: Making Waves

2013-11-26 10:42
Cape Town - This weekend, on the beach and at the Camps Bay Sports Club, the Universities of South Africa will be battling it out in high intensity Beach Volleyball and Sevens rugby like you’ve never seen before.

Varsity Sports Director, Francois Pienaar, has already been extremely successful with the Varsity Cup Rugby, and more recently, the Netball and Hockey, but feels the exotic location and added creativity to the Beach Volleyball and Sevens Rugby, will provide an exciting opportunity for both spectators and players alike, “we would like to think this kind of tournament is a trampoline for talent. A place for university players to be recognised and make a jump to professional structures, while putting on a heck of show.”

Varsity Sports will take over Camps Bay during the second edition of the Varsity sevens Rugby and Beach Volleyball competitions from November 29 to December 1.

The inaugural event was in 2012, and the defending beach volleyball champions, University of Western Cape (UWC) will be wary of the University of Johannesburg, who took silver in 2012, and they will need to keep a close eye on the girls from: the University of Limpopo, Tshwane University of Technology, University of Pretoria, neighbours University of Cape Town and the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.

The 2013 event will see a few changes from last year. This time around teams will have squads of four players instead of three, with one tactical substitution allowed in each match.

Besides the best South African universities teams, South Africa’s top two ladies teams will go head to head with two top local Camps Bay teams in a mini tournament.

Not too far away from the sand and sunshine of the Camps Bay beach the Camps Bay Sports Club will showcase the very best of university sevens rugby. Perhaps the most anticipated inclusion to the structure of this tournament will be a one minute power play where points scored count double.

The eight universities in the Beach Volleyball competition will also be represented on the rugby field, together with the North West University Potchefstroom (Pukke), who just won the provisional seven’s tournament in Kimberley last week and the most successful Varsity Sports union and top seed, Stellenbosch University’s Maties, who took the inaugural title in 2012.

“Varsity Sports strives to remind everyone that sport is fun, while showcasing South Africa’s sport stars of the future. This tournament will be no different.  Varsity Cup Rugby has been a great success and we plan to lift sevens rugby, beach volleyball and the other sports in the Varsity family to similar heights,” said former Springbok captain.

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Twitter: @varsitysportsSA

For more information, high res images and to set up interviews, contact Lauren Terras on or 082 785 2644

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