About Us



The NWU Rugby Institute of the North-West University was established in 2000, with André Markgraaff as its first executive director. Since then the institute has grown to deliver formidable opponents on the rugby field.

Residence rugby has grown from the initial 14 teams in 2000 to 36 teams in the current leagues. This massive growth in eager players is an indication of the total rugby spirit on the Potchefstroom Campus.

Through various other achievements the NWU Rugby Institute has also established itself as a prestigious tertiary-education institution in the area of rugby in the country. With good reason we can also say that the NWU Rugby Institute prepares its players for a career in rugby and beyond.

In accordance with legislation, the former Potchefstroom University for Christian Higher Education (PU for CHE) and the University of North-West (UNW) merged, leading to the establishment of the North-West University (NWU). The former PU for CHE is now known as the Potchefstroom Campus of the NWU, or as the NWU Potchefstroom Campus.

The NWU Rugby Institute is part of NWU Potchefstroom and Vanderbijlpark Campuses. The qualifications that you receive while you play at the NWU Rugby Institute are therefore based on fully accredited university courses.

The aim of the NWU Rugby Institute: Vanderbijlpark Campus, is to create a conducive professional platform - based on the operational foundation of the Institute in Potchefstroom – to prepare players for the professional rugby environment.