New club for the fine players who’ve played 100 tests
VERY few rugby players ever play 100 Test matches.
Being included in this prestigious club is an honour bestowed upon exceptional rugby players – the world’s finest.
Now through Rugby the Centurions, these players will have a chance to give back to the game of rugby and help to grow the sport and give support to promising new players.
Ahead of the International launch, which will be held in London November 23, yesterday’s local launch in Johannesburg was attended by a variety of well-known speakers.
These included for mer Springbok captain John Smit and Managing Custodian of the Rugby Centurions and SA Rugby legend Victor Matfield – both of whom are Centurions – as well as Founder of the Rugby Centurions, Gavin Varejes.
Rugby Centurions is the toughest membership in the world to crack, with only three in every 1000 players ever reaching the 100-test milestone.
As well as celebrating the achievements of its members, the Rugby Centurions has a bigger goal: to use the collective weight of the experience and abilities of its members to grow the sport across the world.
This means promoting rugby at a grassroots level. The aim is to take the game to new territories and break new ground in the sport.
Said John Smit: “Every athlete dreams of leaving a legacy behind once they can no longer be on the field.
“With the Rugby Centurions, we are giving players a way to make that legacy tangible through our exciting projects.
“Rugby has given us so much, and shaped our lives, now we can give back to this magnificent game.”
He added, “Rugby Centur- ions will also pay homage to the legends of the game.
“This elite membership is reserved for those players who reached the pinnacle of success in rugby.
“We want to see these fine players given the glory that they deserve for their magnificent achievements.”
Gavin Varejes said the initiative heralds the start of great things to come.
Victor Matfield, Gavin Varejes (Founder), and John Smit (Managing Custodian of the Rugby Centurions).