Rugby: UKZN celebrates 100 years

2011-06-22 00:00

THE University of KwaZulu-Natal is celebrating 100 years of Varsity rugby at a gala banquet on August 12 in Pietermaritzburg, where it all began in 1911.

The inaugural Natal University team produced two Springboks — Bill Payn of Comrades Marathon fame, who completed the entire up run in his rugby boots, and Bertram Vanderplank.

Many others followed, including flying winger Michel Antelme, speedy lock Chris de Nysschen, the athletic Andy Aitken and three World Cup champions, Joel Stransky, Mark Andrews and John Smit.

The Centenary Committee invites everyone who was associated with Varsity rugby, and indeed all rugby lovers, to the Centenary Banquet at the Peter Booysen Sports Park off Golf Road, Pietermaritzburg.

The cost is R3 950 per table of 10. Pensioner and student discounts are available. Inquiries and bookings can be made with

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