Wits Rugby Club


Practice: Mon, Tue & Thur 18h00-20h00

Venue: (1) Wits Rugby Stadium (East Campus); (2) East Campus rugby fields - internal league and practices

Contacts: head coach - Hugo van As, 011717 9439; sports officer - Yvonne Swanepoel, 011 717 9417; WRC chairman - Andrew Keightley-Smith

Monday night Varsity rugby mania resumed in February 2015 when Wits Univ’s 1st rugby VX's began it's first year in the 2nd-tier Varsity Shield competition, after relegation from the Varsity Cup at the end of the 2014 season. We came desperately close to winning the Varsity Shield in 2015.

top-flight inter-varsity competition ended after a tough 2014 Varsity Cup campaign.

Here's how Wits' 2015 Varsity Shield campaign went:

  • Mon 2 Feb
  • Mon 9 Feb, 18h30
  • Mon 16 Feb, 18h30
  • Thur 19 Feb, 18h30
  • Mon 23 Feb :18h30
  • Mon 2 Mar
  • Mon 9 Mar, 18h30
  • Mon 16 Mar, 18h30
  • Mon 23 Mar, 18h30
  • Mon 30 Mar, 18h30
  • Mon 6 April 16h30
  • bye
  • UFH vs Wits [24-39]
  • UKZN vs Wits [13-56]
  • Wits vs TUT [71-36]
  • Wits vs UWC [37-all draw]
  • bye
  • Wits vs UFH [93-0]
  • Wits vs UKZN [40-26]
  • TUT vs Wits  [5-50]
  • UWC vs Wits [16-16]
  • Final : Wits vs UKZN Impi [24-29]









Ahead now lies a lot of hard work to reclaim our place in the Cup competition in 2017.

Wits also fielded  sides in the Steinhoff Koshuis Championship (our representative team was Steinhoff Commerce) and entered its Young Guns side in the u-20 competition. We also contested the Golden Lions Rugby Union's Pirates Grand Challenge leagues, and our faculty and 'koshuis' teams battled it out all season long in the the Steinhoff (Wits) internal league (more below).

2014 USSA's
The 2014 USSA's took place at Rhodes Univ in Grahamstown. In the first game on Mon 30 June Wits lost 15-52 to a very strong UJ team who quickly established themselves as favourites to win the competition. Scorers for Wits were Joshua Jarvis (try), Richard Crossman (try) and Michael Sephton-Poultney (1 x conversion, 1 x penalty). Outstanding players for Wits were Thato Mavundla (captain), Conor Brockschmidt, Josh Jarvis and Gideon Muller.

Wednesday's match against UOFS Shimlas was, according to most spectators, the best game of the tournament thus far and the Witsies put in a massive effort to tie the match 24-24 at full time before conceding three tries in extra time to lose 24-43. Outstanding contributions were made by Thato Mavundla, Brent Crossley, Josh Jarvis, Ish Nkolo, Luvoyo Pupuma and Ameer Williams.

The final match against NMMU on Friday 4 July was a tough encounter after two hard matches earlier in the week. Wits' Captain Courageous Thato Mavundla had to be replaced due to an ankle injury midway through the first half but the Witsies showed their resilience after trailing 3 - 19 at halftime and pushed NMMU all the way before going down 22 - 26. Scorers for Wits: Brent Crossley (try), James Marx (try), Ish Nkolo (try), Dandre Van Den Berg (2 x conversions, 1 x penalty). Conor Brockschmidt, Brent Crossley, Gideon Muller and Ish Nkolo were the standout players for Wits.

2014 Steinhoff Internal League fixtures
The 2013 Steinhoff Internal League commenced in March. The competing teams are Steinhoff Commerce, Steinhoff Engineers, Steinhoff Humanities, Steinhoff Knockando,Steinhoff Masakhane, Steinhoff Men’s Res, Steinhoff SHA, Steinhoff SAUJS, Steinhoff Monash, MGI Tigers and Steinhoff Medics. 

Come down to the Wits Rugby Stadium on Wednesdays and support your team. Click here to see the remaining 2014 fixtures.    

Pirates Grand Challenge 2014
This is the regular Golden Lions Rugby Union league in which Wits' 1st, 2nd, 3rd,u-21 and u-19 teams play. Click here to see the latest league standings supplied.   

2014 Wits Rugby Club award winners:

Most Improved u-21 Player 
Most Improved Senior Player      
Most Dedicated Player                              
Best u-19 Player                                       
Best u-21 Player                                      
Best 3rd Team Player                                   
Best 2nd Team Player                                      
Interfaculty Trophy (League)                  
Steinhoff Shield (Knockout)                    
Varsity Cup Player of the Year                   
Coach of the Year                                             
Team of the Year                                                        
Wits Old Boys (WOBS) Special Award 
Junior Club Man of the Year                             
Club Man of the Year                                        
Player of the Year
Ziyanda Khupe 
Josh Jarvis & Ish Nkolo
Ferdinand Kelly
Michael Booyens  
Richard Crossman  
Matthew Eyre  
Khaya Twala
Steinhoff Medics
Steinhoff Medics
Brent Crossley
Robert Kent  
Khutso Magabe  & Tatenda Mtemeri
Chris Mills
Al Leonard
Thato Mavundla









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