SARU Community Cup

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SARU Community Cup
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2016 SARU Community Cup qualification
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) Durbanville-Bellville
TV partner(s) 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 started 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 launch, SARU also said they were already looking at expanding the competition to cater for platteland and junior leagues.

Format[edit]

Each season, twenty teams qualify for the Community Cup from the club leagues of the fourteen provincial unions (plus the Blue Bulls Limpopo sub-union) in South Africa. The defending champions of the Community Cup would automatically qualify to the next edition. Each of the provincial unions would nominate a team which would automatically qualify for the competition – it is dependent on the rules of the individual league whether this will be the team that finishes top of the log during the round-robin stage of the competition or the title play-off winner. All university teams are ineligible and would be excluded from participation.

In addition to the automatic qualifiers, the remainder of the participating teams would consist of wildcard entries. For 2013 and 2014, teams were nominated to enter a wildcard draw, but from 2015 onwards a play-off competition was introduced, where the second-best eligible teams from the provincial unions could play off for the remaining spots.

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

The winner and runner-up of each pool enter the play-off stage, held at a neutral venue over the Easter long weekend each year. The play-offs consist of quarter finals, semi-finals and the final. The winner of each pool meets the runner-up of a different pool in the quarter final. The winner of each quarter-final goes on to the semi-finals and the semi-final winners to the Cup final. The losing semi-finalists play each other in the 3rd-place play-off. The losing quarter finalists meet in the Plate semi-final, the winners of which will play in the Plate final, with the losers playing in the 7th-place play-off.

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 teams, see List of South African rugby union teams.

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

SARU Community Cup participants
Team Union 2013 2014 2015 2016
African Bombers Eastern Province 12 N/A N/A
Bloemfontein Crusaders Free State 15 10 15
Bloemfontein Police Free State 20 N/A N/A (Q)
Boksburg Falcons N/A 15 N/A
Brakpan Falcons 3 9 N/A
Bridgton SWD N/A 17 N/A
Centurion Blue Bulls N/A 7 N/A
College Rovers Kwa-Zulu Natal 2 4 6
Despatch Eastern Province 1 5 4
Durban Collegians Kwa-Zulu Natal N/A N/A 9
Durbanville-Bellville Western Province 5 N/A 1 (Q)
Evergreens SWD 8 N/A 12
Hamiltons Western Province N/A 3 3
Mossel Bay Barbarians SWD N/A 14 N/A
Noordelikes Limpopo Blue Bulls 19 19 19
Old Selbornians Border 10 8 10
Port Elizabeth Police Eastern Province N/A N/A 17
Pretoria Police Blue Bulls 6 N/A 5
Raiders Golden Lions 9 N/A 11
Roodepoort Golden Lions 7 2 N/A
Roses United Boland 13 6 N/A
Rustenburg Impala Leopards 4 1 2
Sishen Griquas 17 11 16
SK Walmers Western Province 11 N/A N/A
Spring Rose Eastern Province N/A 12 N/A
Springs Falcons N/A N/A 18
Villagers Worcester Boland 16 N/A 13
Wanderers Golden Lions N/A N/A 7
Welkom Griffons N/A 20 N/A
Welkom Rovers Griffons 14 13 20
Wesbank Boland N/A 18 8
White River Mpumalanga 18 N/A N/A
Witbank Ferros Mpumalanga N/A 16 14
  • The top eight teams are ranked by the results of the finals tournament. Teams 9 to 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.
  • (Q) indicates the team qualified to the next edition of the 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. 

See also[edit]