FNB Wits Rugby
Wits Rugby Football Club was established in 1909 and has a rich, proud history and tradition. Many Springbok and provincial players have been produced by the club over the years. In 2018 alone Wits University had its first 15 man Springbok in Marvin Orie in many years whilst Tyronne Green, Wandisile Similane and Gianni Lombard all represented the Baby Boks at the U/20 World Cup.
2018 was an extremely successful year for the FNB Wits Rugby Club:
Varsity cup and Pirate Grand Challenge 2018
This year’s team had tremendous success with the varsity cup squad going beyond all expectations by reaching the semi-final but unfortunately losing to eventual champions Maties. This was the first time that Wits have reached this stage in the competition.
In this year’s league Wits have experienced a great amount of success, with both the under 19 and under 21’s winning their respective divisions but the senior team just came up short by narrowly losing to the University of Johannesburg in the semi-finals.
This year Wits University hosted the annual USSA games and finished in a best ever 3rd position, beating the University of the Freestate for the bronze medal. The 7's also produced some good success. With the tournament being hosted in Margate it was new territory for Wits but despite that, the rugby 7’s team still managed to qualify for the Varsity cup 7’s tournament for the first time in Wits Rugby’s history.
Varsity cup 7’s
Considering the fact that Wits Rugby was fairly new to the 7’s game, the boys showed heart and determination by beating eventual runners up University of Johannesburg but unfortunately just missing out on qualification for the knock-out phase by 1 point.
Other highlights include Wandisile Similane being awarded the Gauteng Sport most promising athlete of the year for 2018. He was also the Vice Captain of the SA U/20 team.
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FNB Varsity Cup 2018 Highlights
Wits vs UCT: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sqRPU7Vi8fo
Wits vs Tuks: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8RvQc6JLygw
Wits vs Maties: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7uaYXtwNwA
Wits vs Pukke: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iq5K7xoFjKU
Wits vs UJ: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lXex821x0J8
FNB Varsity Cup 2017 Highlights:
Wits vs Shimlas: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xirpbrTh4Cc
Wits vs CUT: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TsgjZZIxBsI
Wits vs Pukke: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LbR3AGCcRAM
Wits vs NMMU: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pY0UAOLiduo
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