Currie Cup

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This article is about the rugby competition. For the cricket competition originally known as the Currie Cup, please see SuperSport Series.


The Currie Cup tournament is South Africa's premier domestic rugby union competition, featuring teams representing either entire provinces or substantial regions within provinces.

History

The competition had its humble beginnings as an inter-town competition in 1884, but when the South African Rugby Board was founded in 1889 it was decided to organise a national competition that would involve representative teams from all the major unions. The participating unions were Western Province, Griqualand West, Transvaal and Eastern Province. The first tournament was held in Kimberley and was won by Western Province. As prize they received a silver cup donated by the South African Rugby Board, now displayed at the SA Rugby Museum in Cape Town.

The gold trophy was donated by Sir Donald Currie in 1891 before the arrival of the touring British Isles team. It was to be presented to the best-performing local team, which was Griqualand West. They then donated the trophy to the rugby board, and it became the prize for the Currie Cup competition. The inaugural Currie Cup tournament was held in 1892 with Western Province as the first winners.

At first the competition wasn't held at regular fixed intervals, though most commonly it was held bi-annually. It wasn't until 1968 that the tournament became a regular annual event with a final held each year to decide the winner.

Teams

Currently, South Africa is divided into 14 unions. Four draw players from an entire province:

The Eastern Cape Province contains two unions:

as does Free State Province:

  • Free State Cheetahs - central and western (home matches in Bloemfontein)
  • Griffons - eastern (home matches in Welkom)

Western Cape Province has three unions:

  • Boland Cavaliers - northern (home matches in Wellington)
  • Eagles - eastern (home matches in George)
  • Western Province - Cape Town metropolitan area

Gauteng Province has two unions that draw exclusively from portions of that province:

  • Falcons - the East Rand and other municipalities to the east and south of Johannesburg (home matches in Brakpan)
  • Golden Lions - Johannesburg and municipalities to its west (home matches in Johannesburg)

Finally, one union draws players from part of Gauteng plus the entirety of another province:

Competition format

Winners

  • 1889 Western Province (SARB Trophy)
  • 1892 Western Province
  • 1894 Western Province
  • 1895 Western Province
  • 1897 Western Province
  • 1898 Western Province
  • 1899 Griqualand West (WP and Transvaal did not compete)
  • 1904 Western Province
  • 1906 Western Province
  • 1908 Western Province
  • 1911 Griqualand West
  • 1914 Western Province
  • 1920 Western Province
  • 1922 Transvaal
  • 1925 Western Province
  • 1927 Western Province
  • 1929 Western Province
  • 1932 Border and Western Province
  • 1934 Border and Western Province
  • 1936 Western Province
  • 1939 Transvaal
  • 1946 Northern Transvaal
  • 1947 Western Province
  • 1950 Transvaal
  • 1952 Transvaal
  • 1954 Western Province
  • 1956 Northern Transvaal
  • 1957/59 Western Province (Contested over two seasons)
  • 1964 Western Province
  • 1966 Western Province
  • 1968 Northern Transvaal
  • 1969 Northern Transvaal
  • 1970 Griqualand West
  • 1971 Northern Transvaal and Transvaal
  • 1972 Transvaal
  • 1973 Northern Transvaal
  • 1974 Northern Transvaal
  • 1975 Northern Transvaal
  • 1976 Orange Free State
  • 1977 Northern Transvaal
  • 1978 Northern Transvaal
  • 1979 Northern Transvaal and Western Province
  • 1980 Northern Transvaal
  • 1981 Northern Transvaal
  • 1982 Western Province
  • 1983 Western Province
  • 1984 Western Province
  • 1985 Western Province
  • 1986 Western Province
  • 1987 Northern Transvaal
  • 1988 Northern Transvaal
  • 1989 Northern Transvaal and Western Province
  • 1990 Natal
  • 1991 Northern Transvaal
  • 1992 Natal
  • 1993 Transvaal
  • 1994 Transvaal
  • 1995 Natal
  • 1996 Natal
  • 1997 Western Province
  • 1998 Blue Bulls1
  • 1999 Gauteng Lions2
  • 2000 Western Province
  • 2001 Western Province
  • 2002 Blue Bulls
  • 2003 Blue Bulls
  • 2004 Blue Bulls
  • 2005 Free State Cheetahs3
  • 1.Northern Transvaal were renamed the Blue Bulls
  • 2.Transvaal were renamed the Gauteng Lions; now known as Golden Lions
  • 3.Orange Free State were renamed the Free State Cheetahs

Overall Winners (up to 2005)

  • Western Province: 32 times (four times shared)
  • Blue Bulls: 21 times (three times shared)
  • Lions: 9 (once shared)
  • Natal: 4
  • Griqualand West: 3
  • Border: 2 (twice shared)
  • Free State: 2

External links

af:Curriebeker