Putrajaya, Malaysia is the place to be this week, from the 29th April – 4th May, over 100 teams will be competing in 15 different categories, 7 of them are South African teams in various categories who have already upped the ante after beating Scotland in the mixed 30s category at the 2019 Touch World Cup.
The first touch rugby world cup was held in 1988 and Australia have historically been the dominant team at each tournament. There are 14 players in a team with six players on the field at any given time, with rolling substitutions. Although no contact, fitness levels need to be on par with that of touch rugby’s full contact counterpart.
Amy Davis, our friend and who works with our partner Econorisk, is no stranger to the World Cup. This is her third World Cup and she is representing South Africa in the 30s mixed team who defeated Scotland on Day 1 of the tournament but came short against Australia by 6 points. “ We had a really good start beating Scotland but lost to Australia, it was a lekker game though” says Amy.
The mixed 30s team will be playing Chile and England on Day 2, you can keep track of their fixtures and progress here. Remember the time difference if you are watching from South Africa.
Waylon Smit from our favourite investment platform, EasyEquities, is also keeping a close eye on the games. He too is an avid touch rugby player, playing for the Jozi Cats, who have also made international headlines for their brilliant recruitment campaigns.
The SA team sang the South African national anthem passionately at their capping ceremony, which definitely amped up the players for their tour.