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New format for Varsity 7s

Twelve teams will now compete for the Varsity 7s title, with the competitors being split up into three pools.

CPUT, Wits and WSU will form part of the best 12 university sevens teams in the country that will compete at the Varsity 7s tournament from 5-6 October at Pirates Green Side.

Maties have been selected to share pool C with NWU, Kovsies and UKZN.

The tournament will take on a pool format, instead of the round robin format of previous years. The 12 teams have been split into three pools, with four teams in each pool. The top two teams per group and next best two teams qualify for the Varsity 7s quarter-finals.

Varsity 7s manager Xhanti-Lomzi Nesi explained that the change in format was to prepare players for the higher echelons of the game as well as create an improved product for spectators.

He explained: “The reason we wanted to take Varsity 7s from the full round robin format to pool stages, was that it was in the best commercial interest of the business and of our sponsors. We found that we lost many consumers through a three-day tournament. The market became over saturated with people watching 7s from early in the morning to late in the afternoons, and over three days. We believed it would be able to captivate the audience and the crowd if we played it over two days.

“It also allows the teams to play in a more traditional 7s set up as they do in other 7s tournaments, such as USSA where they qualify for the Varsity 7s tournament.”

Varsity 7s Pools:

Pool A: UWC, CPUT, Madibaz, WSU-All Blacks

Pool B: UJ, UP-Tuks, UCT, Wits

Pool C: NWU, Maties, Kovsies, UKZN.

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