UKZN Impi Kick off 2017 in Fine FormHealth Sciences

UKZN rugby players and supporters out in full force to “back their boytjies”.UKZN rugby players and supporters out in full force to “back their boytjies”.

The UKZN Impi beat the University of Fort Hare 16-10 in their first home game of 2017 in the Varsity Shield rugby tournament played on the Pietermaritzburg campus.

UKZN’s Ayanda Ndlovu said the Impi came third overall in last year’s competition, losing just one game. ‘We were the champions in 2015.’

Ndlovu says he is confident the Impi will do well in this year’s tournament. ‘We believe we have a good enough team to win it! 2017 is a year of building a team for 2018 as that is when promotion/relegation takes place.

‘We have a very young team with a lot of first year students who are playing Varsity Shield for the first time,’ he said.

Ms Lindelwa Gwala, a second year Computer Sciences student and a team member of the UKZN women’s rugby team, says she fell in love with playing the sport because ‘those involved are very pleasant’.

Another player, third-year Medical Science student, Ms Cebo Nsindane, got involved in the sport after playing touch rugby at school. She invited other UKZN students to support the UKZN rugby teams and get involved in the team spirit.

Maritime Economics honours student Mr Kwazi Makhathini encouraged UKZN students to support the team by wearing an Impi T-shirt, which is available at the UKZN Westville campus Sports Centre for R50. 

To find out about playing rugby for the University, phone Mr Ayanda Ndlovu on 031 260 2286 or email:; or phone Mr Zilungile Ntombela on 033 260 5937 or email:

Supporters can find fixtures and more info on the team at Sport Administration departments on all campuses; the UKZN website; the Varsity Cup website, and posters around campus.

Raylene Captain-Hasthibeer