SARU Community Cup

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SARU Community Cup
Current season, competition or edition:
2015 SARU Community Cup
SARU Community Cup logo.jpg
The SARU Community Cup logo
Sport Rugby union
Founded 2013
Inaugural season 2013
No. of teams 20
Country South Africa
Most recent champion(s) Rustenburg Impala
TV partner(s) South Africa Supersport
Sponsor(s) Cell C

The SARU Community Cup (known as the Cell C Community Cup for sponsorship reasons) is the premier rugby union club competition in South Africa for non-university teams.[1]

History[edit]

On 20 September 2012, the South African Rugby Union announced the launch of the SARU Community Cup to replace the National Club Championships. The inaugural edition will start in February 2013.

Several rugby union clubs in South Africa are affiliated to universities, which can play in the annual Varsity Rugby tournaments. The Community Cup was created for the non-university clubs to run in parallel with Varsity Rugby. At the conclusion of both tournaments, a grand final will be played to determine the overall national club winner.

At the launch, SARU also said they were already looking at expanding the competition to cater for platteland and junior leagues.

Format[edit]

Twenty teams will qualify for the Community Cup from the club leagues of the fourteen provincial unions in South Africa. The league winners will all qualify, as well as six wildcard teams chosen by SARU.

The format of the Community Cup will be exactly the same as the Rugby World Cup. The teams will be divided into four pools, each containing five teams each. They will then play four pool games, playing other teams in their respective pools once each. Each team will play two home games and two away games.

The winner and runner-up of each pool will enter the play-off stage, to be held at a central venue over the Easter long weekend each year. The play-offs will consist of quarter finals, semi-finals and the final. The winner of each pool will meet the runner-up of a different pool in a quarter final. The winner of each quarter-final will go on to the semi-finals and the semi-final winners to the final, to be held at a neutral venue.

The losing semi-finalists will play each other in the Plate final. The losing quarter finalists will meet in the Bowl semi-final, the winners of which will play in the Bowl final, the losers playing in the Shield final.

The winner of the Community Cup will play against the winner of the Varsity Cup to determine the overall winner.

Sponsorship[edit]

The sponsored version of the logo

In February 2013, it was announced that mobile phone provider Cell C would sponsor the SARU Community Cup for three seasons, with the tournament being known as the Cell C Community Cup.[2]

Teams[edit]

For a complete list of all South African rugby union, see List of South African rugby union teams.

The teams that participated in the SARU Community Cup and their finishing positions are as follows:

Team Union 2013 2014
African Bombers Eastern Province 12 N/A
Bloemfontein Crusaders Free State 15 10
Bloemfontein Police Free State 20 N/A
Boksburg Falcons N/A 15
Brakpan Falcons 3 9
Bridgton SWD N/A 17
Centurion Blue Bulls N/A 7
College Rovers Kwa-Zulu Natal 2 4
Despatch Eastern Province 1 5
Durbanville-Bellville Western Province 5 N/A
Evergreens SWD 8 N/A
Hamiltons Western Province N/A 3
Mossel Bay Barbarians SWD N/A 14
Noordelikes Limpopo Blue Bulls 19 19
Old Selbornians Border 10 8
Pretoria Police Blue Bulls 6 N/A
Raiders Golden Lions 9 N/A
Roodepoort Golden Lions 7 2
Roses United Boland 13 6
Rustenburg Impala Leopards 4 1
Sishen Griquas 17 11
SK Walmers Western Province 11 N/A
Spring Rose Eastern Province N/A 12
Villagers Worcester Boland 16 N/A
Welkom Griffons N/A 20
Welkom Rovers Griffons 14 13
Wesbank Boland N/A 18
White River Mpumalanga 18 N/A
Witbank Ferro's Mpumalanga N/A 16

* The top eight teams are ranked by the results of the finals tournament. Teams 9–20 are ranked by their final log position in the pool stages.
* N/A indicates the team did not qualify to the SARU Community Cup.
1 Possible finishing positions in 2014 SARU Community Cup.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Club rugby in South Africa receives a major boost". South African Rugby Union. 20 Sep 2012. Retrieved 20 Sep 2012. 
  2. ^ "Cell C named as Community Cup sponsor". South Africa Rugby Union. 6 February 2013. Retrieved 6 February 2013. 

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