Saturday's Australian derby between the Waratahs and Brumbies will carry extra significance, with the two teams to play for the Dan Vickerman Cup.
It is a touching tribute to the 63-Test Wallaby, who was farewelled by more than 1000 people at an emotional service at Sydney University in the wake of his death.
Vickerman earned his stripes as a burgeoning lock prospect at the Brumbies in 20 games for the ACT-based side between 2001 and 2003 before establishing himself as one of the world's best with 58 caps for the Waratahs between 2004 and 2008 and a one-year stint prior to the 2011 Rugby World Cup.
NSW Rugby CEO Andrew Hore said the addition of the Dan Vickerman Cup would add further weight to what is already expected to be a battle between two teams desperate to pick up their second win of 2017.
“Dan was one of those team mates who was admired by all that knew him and I know both sides will be wanting to take home the Dan Vickerman Cup," he said.
"It is another way for the rugby community to recognise Dan’s contribution to rugby.
“The clash between the Tahs and Brumbies is always a feature on the Super Rugby calendar and we are looking forward to hosting them on our turf in what we expect to be a very physical match up."Brumbies CEO Michael Thomson said the tribute could only add to the spectacle.
“There have been several epic clashes between the clubs down the years and the rivalry has built into a healthy respect. Dan was an instrumental figure at both teams and the introduction of this trophy is a fine way to honour his memory.”