Celebrating the Rugby Centurions
In 2017 an elite society of exceptional sports people gathered for the first time thanks to philanthropist and businessman Gavin Varejes. Named the Rugby Centurions, the society was launched by Varejes, and is made up of players who have represented their country in at least 100 test matches, and are now ready to do their part in giving back to the game that played such an important role in their lives. The launch of the Rugby Centurions took place in London in late 2017 at the Hilton Metropole Hotel.
A tough membership to crack
Globally recognised as being a particularly tough membership to achieve, only three in every 1,000 rugby players ever reach the impressive milestone of 100 test matches. The athletes who have made this prestigious achievement, and are selected to be a Centurion, take part in a range of projects that include erecting plaques that honour each member, and creating illustrated books and art collections with the goal of celebrating rugby history. There are also plans to produce a documentary and to launch a clothing line.
Gavin Varejes and John Smit are excited about the Centurions
Founded by Gavin Varejes and under the management of former Springbok Captain and World Cup Winner John Smit, the idea behind the Rugby Centurions initiative is to honour the legends of the sport who have dedicated their lives to developing it. The society aims to bring these champion athletes together to celebrate their valuable contributions to rugby while becoming involved with coordinated efforts to promote the sport at grassroots level. The Centurions are also using rugby to help in any way they can, whether it is taking the sport to places it’s never been before, or helping to uplift vulnerable communities. Together with Varejes and Smit, they are geared to give back in any way they can while inspiring others with their integrity, discipline and unbridled passion on and off the playing field.