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The Western Province Blood Transfusion Service (WPBTS) and the South African National Blood Service (SANBS) are excited to partner with the FNB Varsity Cup and FNB Varsity Shield for the next three years.  The partnership will encourage all South Africans to #maketheteam.  Every donor (even those who don’t or didn’t attend the participating universities) will be able to participate by donating their blood on behalf of their favourite team.

The most prestigious university rugby tournament in South African will run between 29 January and 16 April and consist of 9 teams in the Varsity Cup and 7 teams in the Varsity Shield.  In the Western Cape we have two teams in the Varsity Cup namely FNB Maties and FNB UCT, Ikeys and in the Varsity Shield we have FNB UWC and FNB CPUT. 

The university which brings in the most blood will be awarded the inaugural Gaz’Lam Trophy at the show-stopping final on 16 April 2018.  You will be able to follow your favourite team’s progress in the rugby and in blood donations, during every televised match on SuperSport as well as on 5FM and social media.  So make sure that you #maketheteam.