Cape Town - The Varsity Cup has produced a long list of Springboks over the last few years.
No less than 15 capped Springboks have graced the playing fields of the inter-varsity competition and Varsity Cup has started a campaign to honour its stars with The Bok that Rocks campaign.
The Bok that Rocks campaign seeks to honour Varsity Cup and Varsity Shield players who have gone on to represent the Springboks with a personalised jersey of the Varsity Cup side that they played for.
In the Varsity Cup, the man of the match is named the ‘Player that Rocks’, and the ‘Bok that Rocks’ campaign is an extension of that.
Trevor Nyakane, Nizaam Carr, Marcel van der Merwe, Damien de Allende, Juan de Jongh and Eben Etzebeth have already received their jerseys and shared their views on how Varsity Cup made a difference in their careers. All the videos are available to view on the Varsity Cup YouTube Channel.
“It's a good initiative and the best one I've been part of. It gave me the platform to showcase my skills and push for selection. It was a great platform for me straight after school,” said Carr.
“Varsity Shield was a good stepping stone that helped me with exposure. It's also good that it combines studying with playing. It's important for young players to know that they need something to fall back on if playing rugby doesn't work out for them,” Nyakane said.
During Monday night’s final at Shimlas Park in Bloemfontein, Lood de Jager and Teboho “Oupa” Mohoje will be honoured with their jerseys. Both currently ply their trade with the Cheetahs and played their Varsity Cup rugby at the two teams who have made this year’s final. Mohoje is a Shimlas alumni while De Jager attended Pukke.
The 15 Springboks who have played Varsity Cup are: Juan De Jongh (Maties), Jaco Taute (UJ), Coenie Oosthuizen (UFS-Shimlas), JJ Engelbrecht (Maties), Eben Etzebeth (UCT), Arno Botha (UP-Tuks), Trevor Nyakane (CUT), Lourens Adriaanse (Maties), Marcel van der Merve (UFS-Shimlas), Teboho “Oupa” Mohoje (UFS-Shimlas), Handre Pollard (UP-Tuks), Loode de Jager (NWU-Pukke), Damian De Allende (UCT) and Nizaam Carr (UCT)