The FNB Varsity Cup presented by Steinhoff International is in its ninth year after a highly successful inaugural competition in 2008. It is already a highlight on the rugby-mad South African’s sporting calendar.

This inter-university rugby competition sees eight of the country’s top universities go head-to-head to take home the title (and a substantial cash reward).

The participating universities include:

  • University of Stellenbosch (FNB Maties)
  • University of Cape Town (FNB Ikeys)
  • University of Pretoria (FNB Tuks)
  • North West University (FNB NWU-Pukke)
  • University of Johannesburg (FNB UJ)
  • University of Free State (FNB Shimlas)
  • Wits University (FNB Wits)
  • Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (FNB NMMU)

The eight teams play in a single round, followed by a semi-final and a final that determines the National University Champion. Varsity Cup is managed by an executive committee chaired by current SARU CEO Jurie Roux.


All the action happens on a Monday night.

A traditionally quiet night across SA, the FNB Varsity Cup presented by Steinhoff International changes all that with a display of rugby at its entertaining best. It’s a celebration of the sport and all that it stands for – braai, beer and friendly rivalry, not to mention the non-stop action and young talent. For three months, no self-respecting rugby fan will be singing ‘I don’t like Mondays!)

The FNB Varsity Cup presented by Steinhoff International is based on the very popular concept of NCAA College Football in the United States. If you’re not at a game, viewers can catch a minimum of two matches to be screened every Monday night on SuperSport for the duration of the competition.

FNB Varsity Shield

The FNB Varsity Shield is a second tier competition for 5 more universities that started in 2011. Starting in 2012, every second year there is a promotion / relegation round, in 2012 FNB TUT was relegated from the FNB Varsity Cup presented by Steinhoff International, providing a chance for Varsity Shield winners FNB Wits to compete in the top flight. Runners up FNB CUT played a promotion match against FNB Ikeys, but lost, so did not qualify for the Cup. The two year period was decided upon to provide opportunity for the newly promoted team to establish themselves.

Steinhoff Koshuisrugby Championship
The other competition hosted by the FNB Varsity Cup presented by Steinhoff International is the residence rugby of the eight FNB Varsity Cup presented by Steinhoff International universities. This is called the Steinhoff Koshuis Rugby Championship and the best residence rugby side in the country is determined.

Varsity Young Guns
Lastly the FNB Varsity Cup presented by Steinhoff International also started the Varsity Young Guns competition in 2012, which are the under 20 teams of the FNB Varsity Cup presented by Steinhoff International sides playing against each other.

A passion for rugby and the growth and development of our young players is the big driver behind this competition. Viva SA Rugby Viva!

The full FNB Varsity Cup presented by Steinhoff International Board:

Jurie Roux (Chairman)
Duitser Bosman (Ex Officio)
Petrus Boukes
Cornelius Ferreira
Marius Janse van Rensburg
Philip Kilroe
Lourens Nieuwoudt
Bongo Nontshinga
Philip Oktober
Prof Gert Prinsloo
Mervyn Peter Taylor
Ajee Valentine
Gerrit van Coller
Mari van Niekerk

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