The South African Rugby Legends Association (SARLA) is excited to announce that, following a two-year absence due to COVID-19, the Legends Cup Tournament kicks off at False Bay Rugby Club on Youth Day, Thursday, 16 June 2022. The Legends Cup is the culmination of the Vuka Rugby League season. It is a thrilling two-day face-off between 8 zonal male teams in the first of a series of round robin-style matches to determine the top spots for the playoffs, which take place on Saturday 18 June 2022.
Vuka Rugby is a collaboration between SARLA and the South African Rugby Union. It is all about passing on the passion for the game to young aspiring rugby athletes drawn from the Cape’s 8 Vuka rugby zones. Many of these players are from underprivileged areas. For them, the sport and the League are a way to escape their circumstances and aspire towards the positive values rugby encompasses, such as sportsmanship, dedication and loyalty.
Following their matches in the Vuka Rugby League season, players show off their skills on the field in the Legends Cup Tournament and experience the excitement and challenge of playing in tournament matches. SARLA hosts the Legends tournament with support from title sponsor Cell C.
The Legends Cup sees eight regional teams take to the field. Players for each regional team are selected from participating Vuka schools in the respective regions. The teams are as follows:
Cape Town Central Crusaders
Mitchells Plain Gladiators
Southern Suburbs Mustangs
SA Rugby Legend Dale Santon comments, “We are so excited to be reviving the Legends Cup. This is an opportunity for young people to showcase their talent and use it to better their circumstances, and we are very proud to have the tournament back on track. We look forward to seeing this year’s boys in action.”
Former Springbok Captain and Rugby legend John Smit adds, “2022 is a great year for Vuka Rugby. And the Legends tournament is a culmination of all the development projects that provide opportunities for young players in disadvantaged communities who have traditionally been excluded from structured rugby training and grassroots level competition. We can’t wait to see who comes out on top.”
SuperSport Schools will be live streaming all the games. But parents and supporters are encouraged to come and support their teams on the day to see South Africa’s future legends in action. For more information, please visit http://www.sarugbylegends.com.