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Currie Cup returns to strength-versus-strength
March 03, 2017
The Currie Cup will return to a more intense, strength-versus-strength format this year following a decision of a Special General Council of SA Rugby in Cape Town on Friday.

The Premier Division of the Currie Cup, supported by Nashua and DirectAxis, will contract from nine to seven teams. The winners of an eight-team First Division (including a representative team from Namibia) will play a promotion challenge series against the last-placed Premier Division team.

The new format will see the return of mid-week rugby with each of the teams scheduled to play a number of mid-week matches during the season.

The Premier Division teams were determined on the last season’s top six plus the Steval Pumas, who had the best record of the rest in the competition over the past five years.

The Currie Cup Premier Division will comprise of the Toyota Free State Cheetahs, Xerox Golden Lions, DHL Western Province, Cell C Sharks, Vodacom Blue Bulls, Tafel Lager Griquas and Steval Pumas.

The Currie Cup First Division will feature Boland, Down Touch Griffons, Hino Valke, Leopards, Eastern Province, Border, SWD and Weltwitschias (Namibia). They will play a single round.

The tournament kicks off on 12 August, the week after the final of Vodacom Super Rugby. The final takes place on 28 October.

MATCH CENTRE
FIXTURES
     
RESULTS
     
Vodacom Super Rugby
Friday, July 21 2017
11:35 - Brumbies vs Hurricanes
GIO Stadium, Canberra
Saturday, July 22 2017
14:30 - Emirates Lions vs Cell C Sharks
Emirates Airline Park, Johannesburg
Friday, July 28 2017
00:00 - Winner QF1 vs Winner QF2
Saturday, July 29 2017
00:00 - Winner QF3 vs Winner QF4
Saturday, August 05 2017
00:00 - Winner SF1 vs Winner SF2
The Castle Lager Rugby Championship
Saturday, August 19 2017
17:05 - South Africa vs Argentina
Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, PE
Saturday, August 26 2017
21:40 - Argentina vs South Africa
Estadio Padre Ernesto Martearena, Salta
Saturday, September 09 2017
12:05 - Australia vs South Africa
NIB Stadium, Perth
Saturday, September 16 2017
09:35 - New Zealand vs South Africa
QBE Stadium, Albany, North Harbour
Saturday, September 30 2017
17:05 - South Africa vs Australia
Toyota Stadium, Bloemfontein

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