Varsity Shield Betting Tips

The Varsity Shield is the second tier University-level rugby competition in South Africa behind the Varsity Cup.

It was founded in 2011 and is comprised of 7 teams. The winners of this competition have the opportunity to be promoted to the Varsity Cup via a playoff.

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2021 Varsity Shield News


The 2020 season was postponed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and is unlikely to continue.

We will keep you updated with news from the Varsity Shield as it becomes available. Official news for the competition is available on their website.

2021 Varsity Shield Teams


The competition consists of the following seven teams:

  • FNB CPUT (Cape Peninsula University of Technology)
  • FNB Madibaz (Nelson Mandela University)
  • FNB Rhodes (Rhodes University)
  • FNB TUT (Tshwane University of Technology)
  • FNB UFH (University of Fort Hare)
  • FNB UKZN (University of Kwazulu-Natal)
  • FNB WSU (Walter Sisulu University)

2021 Varsity Shield Fixtures


The 2021 Varsity Shield has not released the fixture list yet.

2021 Varsity Shield Results


The Varsity Shield results will be published as soon as they become available.

2021 Varsity Shield Betting Odds


Odds are not available currently for the 2021 Varsity Shield. We will keep you updated once they become available.

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2021 Varsity Shield Social Media


Keep up to date with the latest social media news on the official social media channels of the Varsity Shield.


Varsity Shield History


The Varsity Shield was introduced in 2011 and runs concurrently with the more prestigious, Varsity Cup. The Varsity Shield champions have an opportunity to be promoted to the Varsity Cup.

The Varsity Shield was introduced in order to expand the reach of rugby to other Universities and allow a larger base of players to develop. The Universities that have participated have larger student volumes and has resulted in the game of rugby being expanded.

Varsity Shield Previous Winners


There is no 2020 champion as yet because of the postponement due to COVID-19.

FNB CUT (Central University of Technology) have won the tournament the most times in its history with three wins.

Varsity Shield FAQ

When is the Varsity Shield played?

The Varsity Shield is played from February to April every year.

Where is the Varsity Shield played?

The Varsity Shield is played on an annual basis in South Africa. It is the secondary Varsity Rugby competition in the country behind the Varsity Cup.

Who won the 2020 Varsity Shield?

The 2020 Varsity Shield was abandoned due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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