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The Currie Cup
Currie Cup
tournament is South Africa's premier domestic rugby union competition, played each winter and spring (June to October), featuring teams representing either entire provinces or substantial regions within provinces. Although it is the premier domestic competition, South African teams also compete in the international Super Rugby
Super Rugby
competition as well as the Pro14. Steeped in history and tradition, the Currie Cup
Currie Cup
dates back to 1891. The tournament is regarded as the cornerstone of South Africa's rugby heritage, and the coveted gold trophy remains the most prestigious prize in South African domestic rugby.[citation needed]


1 History 2 Teams 3 Champions and Finals 4 Overall winners 5 Records and statistics 6 Broadcasting rights 7 See also 8 References 9 External links


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The Currie Cup
Currie Cup
is one of the oldest rugby competitions,[1] with the first games played in 1889 but it was only in 1892 that it became officially known as the Currie Cup. The competition had its humble beginnings as an inter-province competition in 1884, but when the South African Rugby Board was founded in 1889 it decided to organize a national competition that would involve representative teams from all the major unions. The original participating unions were Western Province, Griqualand West, Transvaal and Eastern Province. The first tournament was held in Kimberley and was won by Western Province. For a prize they received a silver cup donated by the South African Rugby Board, now displayed at the SA Rugby Museum in Cape Town. The story of how the Currie Cup
Currie Cup
came to be comes from the first overseas rugby team to tour South Africa
South Africa
in 1891, The British Isles, who carried with them a particularly precious bit of cargo. Among the bags, boots and balls was a golden cup given to them by Sir Donald Currie, owner of Union-Castle Lines, the shipping company that transported them to the southern tip of Africa. Sir Donald was clear with his instructions – hand this trophy over to the team in South Africa
South Africa
that gives you the best game; and after a spirited display where the unbeaten British Lions narrowly won 3-0, Griqualand West became the first ever holders of the Currie Cup. They then handed the trophy over to the South African rugby board and it became the floating trophy for the Currie Cup competition. The inaugural Currie Cup
Currie Cup
tournament was thus held in 1892 with Western Province earning the honour of holding it aloft as the first official winners. The competition missed a few years here and there for reasons such as war and the like, but in 1968 it became a fully fledged annual showpiece. Western Province dominated the competition's early years, and by 1920 the team from Cape Town
Cape Town
had already secured the trophy 10 times. Only Griqualand West could halt the rampant WP side and win the trophy in 1899 and 1911. In 1922 the Transvaal won the competition for the first time, however Western Province would continue to dominate the Currie Cup
Currie Cup
throughout the 1920s and 1930s, winning the trophy a further 4 times and sharing it twice with Border. In 1939 the trophy returned to Johannesburg
for only the second time after Transvaal defeated Western Province in Cape Town. This was the first time WP had lost a final at their home ground Newlands. The Currie Cup
Currie Cup
went into hiatus during the Second World War but resumed in 1946 when Northern Transvaal claimed their first ever trophy by beating Western Province 11-9 in the final at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria. The late 1940s and early 1950s were dominated by Transvaal who would win the trophy in 1950 and 1952, however in 1954 the Currie Cup
Currie Cup
would finally return south following Western Province's narrow 11-8 victory over Northern Transvaal in the final at Newlands in Cape Town. At the end of the 1980s, South African rugby supporters were treated to two of the most memorable Currie Cup
Currie Cup
finals. In 1989 winger Carel du Plessis scored a last-minute try as WP managed to draw with Northern Transvaal 16-all, Riaan Gouws missed the conversion which would have given WP its 6th title of the decade a feat which has never been achieved. The following year the Blue Bulls
Blue Bulls
slipped up, though, and Natal sneaked home 18-12, inspired by fly-half Joel Stransky. The 1990s saw further improvement by Natal and the rise of Francois Pienaar’s Transvaal. Since the age of professionalism in rugby union in the early 1990s, the Currie Cup
Currie Cup
has become much more competitive with no team able to carve out an era of dominance like that of WP in the early years or Northern Transvaal in the 1970s and 1980s. All five of the so-called 'big unions' have won the Currie Cup
Currie Cup
on at least one occasion in the last 20 years; the Golden Lions
Golden Lions
(formerly Transvaal) have won the trophy 3 times in 1999, 2011 and 2015; Western Province have won the trophy on six occasions in 1997, 2000, 2001, 2012, 2014, and 2017;[2] the Blue Bulls
Blue Bulls
(formerly Northern Transvaal) have wom the trophy 5 times in 1998, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2009; the Free State Cheetahs have won the trophy 3 times in 2005, 2007 and 2016 and the Sharks have won the trophy 3 times in 2008, 2010 and 2013. In 2006 the trophy was shared by the Free State Cheetahs
Free State Cheetahs
and Blue Bulls
Blue Bulls
following their 28-28 all draw in a tense final in Bloemfontein. Whilst these days the competition lags behind Super Rugby
Super Rugby
and The Rugby Championship (previously the Tri-Nations) in the order of importance, the Currie Cup
Currie Cup
still holds a special place amongst South African rugby supporters and players, with the trophy very much still the holy grail of the South African domestic rugby scene.[citation needed]

The Currie Cup
Currie Cup


Map of South Africa
South Africa
displaying the borders of the 14 teams in the Currie Cup

From 1996 to 2015, the following 14 provincial unions participated in the Currie Cup:

Currie Cup
Currie Cup

Team Home base Region

Blue Bulls Pretoria The Pretoria
metropolitan area and the entire Limpopo

Boland Cavaliers Wellington Northern and central districts of the Western Cape
Western Cape

Border Bulldogs East London Eastern districts of the Eastern Cape
Eastern Cape

Eastern Province Kings Port Elizabeth Western districts of the Eastern Cape
Eastern Cape

Falcons Kempton Park The East Rand
East Rand
and other municipalities to the east and south of Johannesburg
in Gauteng

Free State Cheetahs Bloemfontein Central and western districts of the Free State province

Golden Lions Johannesburg Johannesburg
and the West Rand

Griffons Welkom Northern and eastern districts of the Free State province

Griquas Kimberley The entire Northern Cape
Northern Cape

Leopards Potchefstroom The entire North West province

Pumas Nelspruit The entire Mpumalanga

Sharks Durban The entire KwaZulu-Natal

SWD Eagles George Eastern districts of the Western Cape
Western Cape

Western Province Cape Town Cape Town
Cape Town
metropolitan area

From 2016, the Currie Cup
Currie Cup
added Welwitschias, a team from Namibia.[3][4] Champions and Finals[edit] Between 1892 and 1920, the competition was held as a centralised tournament, with the team with the best record crowned as the winner. Between 1922 and 1936 (as well as in three tournaments between 1957 and 1966), the winner was the team with the best record following a round-robin competition. In all the other seasons, a final was played to determine the champion.

Currie Cup
Currie Cup
Champions and Finals Results

Season Champions Runner-Up Final Result Final Venue

1892 Western Province N/A N/A N/A

1894 Western Province N/A N/A N/A

1895 Western Province N/A N/A N/A

1897 Western Province N/A N/A N/A

1898 Western Province N/A N/A N/A

18991 Griqualand West N/A N/A N/A

1904 Western Province N/A N/A N/A

1906 Western Province N/A N/A N/A

1908 Western Province N/A N/A N/A

1911 Griqualand West N/A N/A N/A

1914 Western Province N/A N/A N/A

1920 Western Province N/A N/A N/A

1922 Transvaal N/A N/A N/A

1925 Western Province N/A N/A N/A

1927 Western Province N/A N/A N/A

1929 Western Province N/A N/A N/A

1932 Border & Western Province (shared) N/A N/A N/A

1934 Border & Western Province (shared) N/A N/A N/A

1936 Western Province N/A N/A N/A

1939 Transvaal Western Province 17–6 Newlands Stadium, Cape Town

1946 Northern Transvaal Western Province 11–9 Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria

1947 Western Province Transvaal 16–12 Newlands Stadium, Cape Town

1950 Transvaal Western Province 22–11 Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg

1952 Transvaal Boland 11–9 Wellington

1954 Western Province Northern Transvaal 11–8 Newlands Stadium, Cape Town

1956 Northern Transvaal Natal 9–8 Kings Park Stadium, Durban

1957–19592 Western Province N/A N/A N/A

1964 Western Province N/A N/A N/A

1966 Western Province N/A N/A N/A

1968 Northern Transvaal Transvaal 16–3 Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria

1969 Northern Transvaal Western Province 28–13 Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria

1970 Griqualand West Northern Transvaal 11–9 De Beers, Kimberley

1971 Northern Transvaal & Transvaal (shared) N/A 14–14 Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg

1972 Transvaal Eastern Transvaal 25–19 Pam Brink Stadium, Springs

1973 Northern Transvaal Free State 30–22 Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria

1974 Northern Transvaal Transvaal 17–15 Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria

1975 Northern Transvaal Free State 12–6 Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein

1976 Free State Western Province 33–16 Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein

1977 Northern Transvaal Free State 27–12 Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria

1978 Northern Transvaal Free State 13–9 Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein

1979 Northern Transvaal & Western Province (shared) N/A 15–15 Newlands Stadium, Cape Town

1980 Northern Transvaal Western Province 39–9 Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria

1981 Northern Transvaal Free State 23–6 Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria

1982 Western Province Northern Transvaal 24–7 Newlands Stadium, Cape Town

1983 Western Province Northern Transvaal 9–3 Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria

1984 Western Province Natal 19–9 Newlands Stadium, Cape Town

1985 Western Province Northern Transvaal 22–15 Newlands Stadium, Cape Town

1986 Western Province Transvaal 22–9 Newlands Stadium, Cape Town

1987 Northern Transvaal Transvaal 24–18 Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg

1988 Northern Transvaal Western Province 19–18 Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria

1989 Northern Transvaal & Western Province (shared) N/A 16–16 Newlands Stadium, Cape Town

1990 Natal Northern Transvaal 18–12 Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria

1991 Northern Transvaal Transvaal 27–15 Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria

1992 Natal Transvaal 14–13 Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg

1993 Transvaal Natal 21–15 Kings Park Stadium, Durban

1994 Transvaal Free State 56–33 Springbok Park, Bloemfontein

1995 Natal Western Province 25–17 Kings Park Stadium, Durban

1996 Sharks6 Golden Lions3 33–15 Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg

1997 Western Province Free State Cheetahs4 14–12 Newlands Stadium, Cape Town

1998 Blue Bulls5 Western Province 24–20 Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria

1999 Golden Lions Sharks 32–9 Kings Park Stadium, Durban

2000 Western Province Sharks 25–15 Kings Park Stadium, Durban

2001 Western Province Sharks 29–24 Newlands Stadium, Cape Town

2002 Blue Bulls Golden Lions 31–7 Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg

2003 Blue Bulls Sharks 40–19 Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria

2004 Blue Bulls Free State Cheetahs 42–33 Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria

2005 Free State Cheetahs Blue Bulls 29–25 Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria

2006 Blue Bulls
Blue Bulls
& Free State Cheetahs
Free State Cheetahs
(shared) N/A 28–28 Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein

2007 Free State Cheetahs Golden Lions 20–18 Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein

2008 Sharks Blue Bulls 14–9 Kings Park Stadium, Durban

2009 Blue Bulls Free State Cheetahs 36–24 Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria

2010 Sharks Western Province 30–10 Kings Park Stadium, Durban

2011 Golden Lions Sharks 42–16 Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg

2012 Western Province Sharks 25–18 Kings Park Stadium, Durban

2013 Sharks Western Province 33–19 Newlands Stadium, Cape Town

2014 Western Province Golden Lions 19–16 Newlands Stadium, Cape Town

2015 Golden Lions Western Province 32–24 Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg

2016 Free State Cheetahs Blue Bulls 36–16 Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein

2017 Western Province Sharks 33–21 Kings Park Stadium, Durban

In addition to the winners above, Western Province also won the South African Rugby Board Trophy in 1889. This tournament was effectively the precursor to the Currie Cup, which started in 1892.

1 Western Province and Transvaal did not compete. 2 Contested over two seasons. 3 Transvaal were renamed the Gauteng
Lions; now known as Golden Lions. 4 Orange Free State were renamed the Free State Cheetahs. 5 Northern Transvaal were renamed the Blue Bulls. 6 Natal were renamed the Sharks. Overall winners[edit]

Team Number of wins Notes Most recent

Western Province 34 Four shared 2017

Northern Transvaal/Blue Bulls 23 Four shared 2009

Transvaal/ Gauteng
Lions/Golden Lions 11 One shared 2015

Natal/Sharks 7


Orange Free State/Free State Cheetahs 5 One shared 2016

Griqualand West/Griquas 3


Border/Border Bulldogs 2 Two shared 1934

Since the competition become established as an annual competition in 1968 (see History above).

Team Number of wins Notes Most recent

Northern Transvaal/Blue Bulls 21 Four shared 2009

Western Province 13 Two shared 2017

Natal/Sharks 7


Transvaal/ Gauteng
Lions/Golden Lions 7 One shared 2015

Orange Free State/Free State Cheetahs 5 One shared 2016

Griqualand West/Griquas 1


Records and statistics[edit]

Most career matches

Name Team/s Seasons Games

Jacques Botes Pumas/Sharks 2002–2014


Helgard Müller Free State Cheetahs 1983–1998


Rudi Visagie Free State/Natal/Mpumalanga 1980–1996


Chris Badenhorst Free State Cheetahs 1987–1999


Burger Geldenhuys Blue Bulls 1977–1989


André Joubert Free State/Natal 1986–1999


Most career points

1. 1699 Naas Botha
Naas Botha
(Northern Transvaal) 1977–1992 2. 1412 Willem de Waal (Leopards/Free State/WP) 2002–2010 3. 1402 Eric Herbert (Northern Free State(Griffons)/Free State) 1986–2001 4. 1210 De Wet Ras (Free State/Natal) 1974–1986 5. 1165 André Joubert (Free State/Natal) 1986–1999

Most career tries

1. 74 John Daniels (Golden Lions/Boland Cavaliers) 2. 66 Breyton Paulse
Breyton Paulse
(Western Province) 3. 65 Chris Badenhorst (Free State) 4. 58 André Joubert (Free State/Natal) 5. 51 Gerrie Germishuys (Free State/Transvaal) 5. 51 Carel du Plessis (Western Province/Transvaal) 5. 51 Niel Burger (Western Province) 5. 51 Jan-Harm Van Wyk (Free State/Pumas)

Most individual points in a season

1. 268 Johan Heunis (Northern Transvaal) 1989 2. 263 Gavin Lawless (Golden Lions) 1996 3. 252 Casper Steyn (Blue Bulls) 1999 4. 230 Kennedy Tsimba (Cheetahs) 2003 5. 228 Kennedy Tsimba (Cheetahs) 2002

Most team points in a season

Sharks (792 in 1996)

Most individual tries in a season

1. 21 Bjorn Basson
Bjorn Basson
(Griquas) 2010 2. 19 Carel Du Plessis (Western Province) 1989 2. 19 Colin Lloyd (Leopards) 2006 4. 18 Ettiene Botha (Blue Bulls) 2004 5. 16 Jan-Harm Van Wyk (Free State) 1997 6. 15 Phillip Burger (Cheetahs) 2006

Most team tries in a season

Sharks (112 in 1996)

Most points in match

Jannie de Beer – 46 v. Northern Free State in 1997

Most tries in a match

Jacques Olivier – 7 v SWD in 1996

Most final appearances

Burger Geldenhuys 11 (Northern Transvaal—between 1977 and 1989) Naas Botha
Naas Botha
11 (Northern Transvaal—between 1977 and 1991)

Broadcasting rights[edit] SuperSport broadcasts live Currie Cup
Currie Cup
matches in South Africa. Setanta Sports Asia
Setanta Sports Asia
broadcasts live Currie Cup
Currie Cup
matches in Asia. Sky Sports
Sky Sports
broadcasts live Currie Cup
Currie Cup
matches in the United Kingdom. WatchESPN
airs live Currie Cup
Currie Cup
matches in the Americas via online streaming. See also[edit]

Rugby union
Rugby union
in South Africa Super Rugby Super Rugby
Super Rugby
franchise areas Vodacom Cup Lion Cup Currie Cup
Currie Cup
/ Central Series


^ "ABSA Currie Cup
Currie Cup
Records" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-07-25. Retrieved 2009-12-18.  ^ http://www.sport24.co.za/Rugby/CurrieCup/wp-rock-sharks-to-lift-currie-cup-title-20171028 ^ " Namibia
to compete in enlarged Currie Cup". The Namibian. 6 August 2015. Retrieved 6 August 2015.  ^ "Rugbybase wil Curriebeker-reeks nou tot 15 spanne beperk". Netwerk24 (in Afrikaans). 18 August 2015. Retrieved 18 August 2015. 

External links[edit]

Latest Currie Cup
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News from Prime Rugby Currie Cup
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history from Planet Rugby Currie Cup
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records (correct to the end of 2006) Thau, Chris (6 November 2006). "100 years of South African rugby: Part one". irb.com. Archived from the original on 8 June 2007. Retrieved 2007-05-25.  "History of the Currie Cup". sarugby.com. 2006-10-11. Retrieved 2007-05-25.  "Good news for Currie Cup". sarugby.com. 30 November 2006. Archived from the original on 17 May 2007. Retrieved 25 May 2007.  SA Rugby - Currie Cup
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