SA Rugby u-20 cup fixtures

The SA Rugby u-20 Cup competition kicks off in the first weekend of August, with all the participating teams ready to give their all to make it to the playoffs in October.

The new u-20 competition replaces the previous series for u-19 and u-21 teams, with seven teams taking part in a single round of matches in the build-up to the semi-finals and final, with several bye weekends worked into the schedule.

Unfortunately, the u-20 Shield competition, which was scheduled to start at the end of August, had to be cancelled following the withdrawal of five participating unions, as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. The other teams will still be allowed to arrange friendly encounters of play against the Cup teams in warm-up matches.

The u-20 Cup competition, played over a single round of matches starting on the weekend of August 6 and 7 will be contested by the Vodacom Bulls, Toyota Free State, Eastern Province, Leopards, Lions, Cell C Sharks and DHL Western Province, with the final scheduled for October 30.

The first round will see some big clashes play out at the Vodacom Bulls host the Lions in Pretoria, Toyota Free State travel to Potchefstroom to play the Leopards, and Eastern Province welcome the Cell C Sharks to Nelson Mandela Bay.

“This competition was specifically designed to allow the next generation of provincial stars to stake their claim for higher honours and we’re excited to see them in action,” said Rassie Erasmus, Director of Rugby.

“These players have been working hard over the last couple of months and they will be chomping at the bit to get going. The competition has been stretched to allow teams to field fully-fit squads and to hopefully not see many cancellations of matches.”

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