The Easter Week-end rugby tournament culture started long before unity talks and it is prevalent in the Eastern Cape, Western Cape and Gauteng. Clubs would travel long distances to take part in rugby games to celebrate a mile stone achievement by the host club. In most instances it used to coincide with the anniversary celebrations of clubs affectionately known as “Jubilees”.
The tournaments were platforms used to reinforce the struggle for non-racialism in sport and in society. The club members were responsible for raising traveling funds and the teams were accommodated in school classrooms. The tournaments were synonymous with the exhibition of top quality rugby and it is where a lot of players were noticed and enticed to greener pastures.
The black schools were not playing rugby during late 70’s due to ills of apartheid. After the unity in the mid 90’s a core group of clubs revived the tradition at the time when club rugby in black communities was faced with serious challenges and extinction. Central to the celebration of friendship and competition was the “revival of club rugby “in black townships and rural villages. The tournament has been hosted in the Eastern Cape, Gauteng, Western Cape and the former Transkei.