There are 23 club players who will all get an unexpected first Currie Cup cap this weekend when the Valke play against the Jaguares XV, log leaders in the competition’s First Division.
This is the result of the club initiative that the Blue Bulls president, Willem Strauss, implemented this year. All eight the Blue Bulls’ newly formed Volcano leagues include cross border clubs.
This unexpected honour for the 23 players from Blue Bulls clubs comes as the Valke professional team at long last play their first match in the new international Rapid Rugby competition.
The Blue Bulls will play the Jaguares in the stead of the Valke, who face the Western Force, cut from the Super Rugby competition two years ago.
The Western Force/Valke match in the Rapid Rugby competition will be played in Perth this weekend.
The Valke Currie Cup team for the match against the Jaguares XV will be selected from Blue Bulls clubs Centurion, Northam, QBR, Tuine and perhaps one of two more Blue Bulls clubs. Players from Tuks and the Naka Bulls won’t be considered for the team as they are playing one another in what is effectively the Carlton Cup final on 14 August.
The team will be selected by Nico Luus, photo, former lock (and sometimes flank) of the Lions, Golden Lions and Valke and a leading player over many years in the national club competitions.
Luus is now involved with QBR (Quins Bobbies Rugby), the club that was formed with the “merger” between Quins and Bobbies.
The match between the Jaguares and the Valke, filled with Blue Bulls club players, will be played at Bosman Stadium on Saturday.