Cape Town - Sixteen teams, split into two
sections of eight each, will contest the 2015 Vodacom Cup, with defending champions
Griquas heading up a strong South Section and the Welwitschias from Namibia
back in the competition.
Joining the five-time champions from
Kimberley in the South Section will be 2012 winners, Western Province, as well
as the Boland Cavaliers, Border Bulldogs, Sharks XV, EP Kings, SWD Eagles and
the Free State XV.
The Golden Lions, runners up last year and
champions in 2013, are in the North Section with the Limpopo Blue Bulls,
Griffons, Leopards XV, Pumas, Falcons, Blue Bulls and Welwitschias from
It will be the Namibians’ first season back
in the Vodacom Cup since they last took part in 2011. By special arrangement
and agreement, all seven their pool matches will be played in Windhoek.
The Tusker Simba XV from Kenya, due to
participate for a second season in the Vodacom Cup, have withdrawn from the competition
at short notice. Griquas agreed to move to the South Section as a result of
“It’s a pity that Kenya decided to
withdraw, but we respect their decision and at the same time it’s very exciting
to welcome our neighbours from Namibia back into the competition,” said SARU CEO
“We have a mandate to help improve and
develop the game in Africa and with the Welwitschias back in the Vodacom Cup
I’m sure it will add impetus to Namibia’s preparations for the Rugby World Cup
later this year.”
The pool matches will be contested within
the two sections. The quarter-finals will be cross-section, with the top two
teams from each section hosting the third and fourth sides from the other
section in the first knock-out round.
“The format of the Vodacom Cup is unchanged
from last year and I’m sure it will yet again deliver hard-fought and exciting
rugby,” said Roux.
“We’re excited to see which rising stars
will come through the competition this year. In 2014, ‘Oupa’ Mohoje played in
the Vodacom Cup three months before he made his Springbok debut, while a host
of our Junior Springboks also came through the ranks in Vodacom Cup.”
The Vodacom Cup kicks off on the weekend of
March 6/7 with the final scheduled for
the end of May.
Vodacom Cup 2015
Limpopo Blue Bulls
Free State XV