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UP stars to look out for in the upcoming Currie Cup

DYLAN JACK

The Currie Cup has entered its 124th year, making it one of the oldest club competitions in world ruby. The Currie Cup is famous for producing Springbok players and forms a successful transition between club and international rugby. It also allows players to step up from Varsity Cup into franchise rugby. Many players from UP are set to shine in this year’s competition and hope to feature in the upcoming games of the season.

The Currie Cup recently underwent a revamp and has been divided into qualifiers and premier season. The top South African clubs, namely the Lions, Bulls, Sharks, Cheetahs, Eastern Province and Western Province, have all automatically qualified for the premier stage of the competition. The qualifiers have allowed some of South Africa’s smaller clubs, like the Pumas, Griquas and Boland Kavaliers, to qualify for the premier stage of the competition too.

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Netball Protea Lenize Potgieter

ERIN SLINGERLAND
Tuks ladies Lenize Potgieter, Geanie Steyn and Izette Lubbe were selected to be part of the prestigious Spar Protea Netball team. The Spar Proteas beat Wales in the Spar Challenge International Netball Series at the Durban International Convention Centre, which took place from 17-19 June. In the final matches the Proteas overtook Wales with a score of 64- 50, while the baby Proteas thrashed their Welsh counterparts 88-2. Goal shooter Potgieter reached a pivotal moment of her netball career.

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Running for those who can’t: Red Bull Wings for Life

CARLI FURNO AND ERIN SLINGERLAND
On Sunday 8 May, 34 countries participated in the Red Bull Wings for Life World run with the motivation to “run for those who can’t”. SuperSport Park in Centurion played host to the South African runners who wished to join the event and enabled a number of UP students to take their place at the starting line in support of the cause.

All funds raised at the event, including 100% of the entry fee, were donated to Wings for Life Foundation with the goal of furthering research on spinal injuries to improve treatment and eventually find a cure. By the end of the day, over R120 million had been raised.

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Catching up with Springbok Nadine Roos

THORISO PHASHA
UP-Tuks women’s rugby player Nadine Roos has been captivating rugby audiences around the globe on the sevens circuit lately. Roos has won a number of trophies and individual accolades since her international debut earlier this year, and her finest hour came in the Roma Sevens Cup final against Kenya on 11 June. She gave a performance that onlookers will not soon forget after scoring two tries and converting five tries for a personal tally of 30 points to steer the team to a 40-0 victory.

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Brutal Fruit Premier primer

TAY LETHULOE

The third edition of the Brutal Fruit Netball Premier League began on 8 April. This season will see ten national teams competing against one another over an eight week period (a change from the previous two-tier group stage) with Pretoria, Johannesburg and Durban hosting. The league has been improving and has been credited with developing players who have the potential to represent their country and compete internationally. The league is currently one of the spotlight fixtures of women’s sport and is one of the few women’s leagues to be televised.

This season will prove to be crucial to players who hope to earn their place in the national team, as international tours such as those against Wales and Jamaica are being announced. Teams have been presented with the opportunity to consult with the national team coach, Norma Plummer, during the league. World Netball Federation president Molly Rhone will also be attending some of the matches during the tournament.

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