Free State Rugby opens doors of opportunity

2018-02-28 06:01

Free State Rugby is the breeding ground of opportunity for top rugby players, coaches and administrators.

The Free State is a province that offers opportunities for players on all levels to rise to the highest level.

Over the years, Free State Rugby has delivered 85 Springboks and several top players who are currently playing overseas and at other unions in South Africa.

Free State Rugby has proven itself to be the rugby factory for South African rugby.

The new approach at Free State Rugby is to create opportunities for players.

The two Varsity Cup teams, the Shimlas (University of the Free State) and the Ixias (Central University of Technology), plus their two Young Guns teams, offer junior players a platform from which they can develop to a higher level.

In addition, the Toyota Cheetah Academy prepares a group of young players for professional rugby.

The newly-introduced Free State Cheetah u.19 league promises to be a very successful tournament, with the potential for top-players to make a breakthrough.

Another platform, Guinness Pro14, is a top international competition that is seen on the same level as Super Rugby. In the teams participating against the Toyota Cheetahs and Kings in this competition, a total of 124 players represent their national sides from Wales, Scotland, Ireland and Italy.

Although the Guinness Pro14 was a new start for the Toyota Cheetahs, all the challenges made the side grow stronger. It is believed that the Toyota Cheetahs will only benefit from playing in the northern hemisphere.

The next couple of Guinness Pro14 matches against Connacht, Dragons, Cardiff Blues and Munster are very important for the Toyota Cheetahs to secure their spot in the play-offs – exciting prospects for the team in their first year of the competition.

Free State Rugby – Breeding Ground of Opportunity

“Talent and potential in and around the Free State is waiting to be unearthed,” says Franco Smith, Director of Rugby.

“We are going to develop players and prepare them to perform on the highest level. I am very excited about the future of Guinness Pro14 and what we have to offer young players.”

New Generation

Nothing is more important to a team than supporters, and Free State Rugby believes that the Toyota Cheetahs belong to the people of Free State.

Free State Rugby is working hard to develop and grow a relationship between the Cheetahs and the people of Mangaung.

The Toyota Stadium is surrounded by a community of young people the union would like to attract to support rugby games. Youth are invited to attend an event at the Spot in the Toyota Stadium on Saturday (03/03) at 17:30. DJ Shaxe will provide entertainment.and if you tag us in a selfie in Toyota Stadium you could win! Dial 084-225-0029 for more information.

Free State Rugby is working hard to develop and grow a relationship between the Cheetahs and the people of Mangaung.


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