SARU Community Cup
|Current season, competition or edition:
2015 SARU Community Cup
The SARU Community Cup logo
|No. of teams||20|
|Most recent champion(s)||Rustenburg Impala|
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.
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.
The teams that participated in the SARU Community Cup and their finishing positions are as follows:
|African Bombers||Eastern Province||12||N/A|
|Bloemfontein Crusaders||Free State||15||10|
|Bloemfontein Police||Free State||20||N/A|
|College Rovers||Kwa-Zulu Natal||2||4|
|Mossel Bay Barbarians||SWD||N/A||14|
|Noordelikes||Limpopo Blue Bulls||19||19|
|Pretoria Police||Blue Bulls||6||N/A|
|SK Walmers||Western Province||11||N/A|
|Spring Rose||Eastern Province||N/A||12|
* 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.
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- "Cell C named as Community Cup sponsor". South Africa Rugby Union. 6 February 2013. Retrieved 6 February 2013.