Rugby club celebrates 125 years

08 August 2008 | Story by Myolisi Gophe

VC Dr Max Price
Cheers: VC Dr Max Price celebrates UCT Rugby Club's 125th anniversary with Judge Pat Tebbutt, who has been associated with the club for over 60 years.

The FNB UCT Rugby Football Club celebrated its 125th anniversary in style by launching a commemorative book.

Called Varsity Memories, the 72-page book was released on 5 August and contains a historic record of thoughts, photographs and memoirs from various sources.

At the event, Vice-Chancellor Dr Max Price, was welcomed as the club's new patron, an honorary role in recognition of his title.

John le Roux, chairman of the 200 Club, a UCT Club old boys supporters group, said Price had impressed the club with his balanced approach between academia and sport.

"He believes that UCT should not only be an outstanding academic institution, but should also offer outstanding sporting experiences," Le Roux explained.

Le Roux believes that the rugby club has a very good record of performance, having produced in excess of 60 Springboks over the years.

"We thought it was something to celebrate," Le Roux said.

The book features information about the history of the club, its greatest rivalries, heroes, good memories, and transformation and future plans.

Over 1 000 copies of the book will be sent to 200 Club members scattered all over the world.

Le Roux says the plan this year is to get UCT RFC old boys around the globe to meet on the same day and have a drink to celebrate 125 years of Ikey Rugby.

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