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UP-Tuks continues to breed Super Rugby talent

DYLAN JACK

UP has produced plenty of talented rugby players who have gone on to play at the highest level. Many have made incredible strides in Currie Cup and Super Rugby, with some even making it to the Springbok squad.

 

Rohan Janse van Rensburg

The burly inside centre played for UP-Tuks during the 2014 season of the Varsity Cup and joined the Lions squad in 2015. He was injured in his first campaign with the Lions, but has since recovered and in 2016 was one of South Africa’s outstanding inside centres.

His partnership with Springbok Lionel Mapoe was crucial in the Lions’ charge toward the title and second place finish in 2016. Janse van Rensburg has earned himself a deserved call-up to the Springbok side.

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Ten minutes with Tuks biathlon twins

TAY LETHULOE

Annika and Bianca Strydom were the South African representatives in the Union de Pentathlon Moderne World Championships that took place in Florida, USA. The duo participated in a challenging new extended course, making them the record-setters for the new course. It started with a gruelling 1 600 m run, followed by a 200 m swim and concluded with a final 1 600 m run. Bianca finished first, claiming a gold medal, closely followed by her twin sister Annika. The students have made quite an impression in their first year, and hope to continue their success in 2017.

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TuksSport has something for everyone

ERIN SLINGERLAND

UP is flooded with new faces and sporting potential every year. UP-Tuks has produced, and been a home to, some of the most accomplished sportspeople in South Africa. Hennie Kriel, Caster Semenya, Victor Matfield, Cameron van der Burgh, and Heyneke Meyer are some of the few names of well-known and successful athletes and coaches produced by UP-Tuks.

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A view into TuksCricket

CHAD JOHNSTON 

Cricket is one of the more popular sporting codes at UP. Last season, the team finished as semi-finalists while representing South Africa at the Red Bull Campus Cricket finals in Sri Lanka. They also managed to finish as champions of the 2016 Varsity Cricket competition for the second consecutive season.

The club was founded in 1919 and as the game has developed so has the club, branching off into a women’s club in 1996. In 2008, Rob Walter started the Tuks Cricket Academy which caters for players across the spectrum from junior to senior level. The club has achieved a great deal of silverware and international success. For the past six years, the club has won the Northerns Cricket Union (NCU) Premier League. They have also won the NCU knockout competition seven years in a row and the NCU T20 club competition four years in a row.

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2017 TuksHockey preview

THANDO CELE

The University of Pretoria’s hockey club has dominated the Northern Gauteng hockey scene for over a decade and has produced numerous international players in both the men’s and women’s teams. The style and brand of hockey now synonymous with the Candy Stripes is a fast-paced and attack-oriented approach attributed to the teams’ ongoing success. In 2017, UP-Tuks will try to reach new heights at regional, provincial and national level in the hopes of cementing a legacy in hockey.

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