Varsity Cup will be introducing innovations, including the white card rule, to the competition this year.
The 2015 season will see the re-introduction of the White Card rule. This rule allows coaches and captains to refer decisions for review to Television Match Officials (TMOs) during games and was first introduced during the inaugural Varsity Cup competition in 2008. The system is back this year and is endorsed by the South African Rugby Union (SARU).
“This is a new test from Varsity Cup that we believe the world of rugby will look favourably on after the World Cup,” stated Jurie Roux.
The competition will also be sticking with its innovation of using two referees, following the success of the trial last season.
The competition will only be open to bona fide students for the first time, ensuring that the competition remains true to its core values.
There will also be a new format and this year’s Young Guns and Koshuis competitions will see the eight teams split into two pools with four teams each.
The teams will play each other across pools, meaning each team will play four matches. The points log will be combined and the final will be contested by the two teams at the top of the two groups at the end of the group fixtures. There is extra incentive to top the group as the final will be played at the home ground of the team that tops the log.
The newbies from the Central University of Technology (CUT) from Bloemfontein will make their bow this year after winning promotion from the Varsity Shield.
The competition kicks off on February 9.
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