The Carlton League finalists and the Loftus 200 team will have the chance to test their mettle against high-quality international opposition when Israel’s side, the Tel Aviv Heat, tours South Africa in March 2022.
Tel Aviv Heat will play three matches against ABE Midas Naka Bulle, Northam Rhinos and Loftus 200!
According to Willem Strauss, chairman of the Blue Bulls Rugby Union, this is an opportunity to reward the best semi-professional players in the Bulls club structures.
“Clubrugby is a priority of our administration and in which all our stakeholders, shareholders, Jake White, Edgar Rathbone and sponsors, etc. have been buying in,” said Strauss.
The Tel Aviv Heat takes part in the European Super Cup Competition and has a number of South Africans such as Josh Strauss and Nic Groom playing for them. The team is also coached by a South African, Kevin Musikanth, who led the Ikeys to Varsity Cup victory in 2014.
According to Musikanth: “It is really fantastic to be invited by the Blue Bulls Rugby Union to tour and showcase our talented squad in one of the strongest rugby regions in the world. This will be a great boost to our new franchise as we prepare for the upcoming Rugby Europe Super Cup season.
“We can’t wait to play against these top clubs and of course the chance to play against the Loftus 200 team as a tour final. We are very grateful for this opportunity from the Blue Bulls Rugby Union.”
The teams compete for the Robert Denton Cup in honor of the recently deceased Blue Bulls Rugby Union administrator.
The technical staff of the Loftus 200 team consists of Morné Human (head coach of ABE Midas Naka Bulle), Flip de Kock (Northam Rhinos) and Danie “Tokkelos” Coetzee (ex Bulls and Springbok hooker) who is involved with Tuine Grizzlies Rugby Club.
The route for the Tel Aviv Heat is as follows:
March 19 vs Northam Rhinos in Northam
March 23 against ABE Midas Naka Bulle at Naka Bulle
March 26 against Loftus 200 at Loftus Versfeld