The Walter Sisulu University (WSU) All Blacks Rugby team has vowed to bring home the coveted 2018 Steers/FNB Varsity Shield.


The All Blacks kick off this season’s campaign with a scrum against the highly rated University of Western Cape at the UWC Sports Ground in Cape Town on Monday evening.


Speaking during the team’s capping ceremony WSU’s Executive Director of Student Affairs Zoleka Dotwana said: “This is our second appearance in this tournament and we expect our All Blacks to bring home the Shield”.


“We have assembled a formidable winning team loaded with quality players drawn from our large pool of students”.


Dotwana went on further to challenge the players to prove that they are indeed worthy to don the famous black and white strip.


” I’m not taking less than a final, you may see this as pressure, but we know you are capable of actually lifting the cup and bringing pride to the thousands of students studying at this institution,”.


Coach Sipho Metula hopes that his team will do better than last season and had this to say “Last year we had lots of challenges because it was our first time in the tournament but this time around we are well prepared and we have also been cleared with a clean audit, meaning we have met all the requirements.”


“We have adequate preparations and have been in camp for the past three months, even missing out on last year’s Christmas festivities because we want to win this tournament”.


Border Rugby honcho Phumlani Mkolo encouraged the players to seize the opportunity and put Eastern Cape rugby on the map by lifting this trophy.


WSU Sports Administrator Bhongo Nontshinga capped the players and presented each player with a jersey and blazer, accompanied by Senior Director at WSU’s Marketing, Communications and Advancement (MCA) office, Yonela Tukwayo and also staff from the Sports department.


WSU ALL BLACKS: Thabo Ngcema, Maliviwe Mliqi, Phumlani Blaau, Xolani Jacobs, Xololwethu Jantjie, Wam Mbana, Mihlali Mosi, Chumani Mjacu, Hendrico Koester, Sinegugu Lituka, Athenkosi Dzenene, Mihlali Ngcukana, Lusanda Xakwana, Monde Matiwane, Beauton Pholman, Yamkela Ngodwana, Babonelele Celiwe, Mthandazo Ngcumeni, Sivuyise Ngcilishana, Anathi Shenxane, Thembani Kori, Yamkela Nyembe, Nkosinathi Hulana.


Coach: Sipho Metula, Assistant Coach Akhona Mgijima, Forwards Coach Lubabalo Lento and Conditioning Coach Lubabalo Mzwakali.


WSU All Blacks fly out from East London Airport to drought-stricken Western Cape tomorrow morning, for the first game of the season on Monday.


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