RUGBY IN SOUTH AFRICA
South Africans are rugby mad. On any given match day, men, women and children can be seen wearing rugby jerseys and reveling in the green and gold, the colours worn by the Springboks.

Both the South African Rugby Union (also known as SA Rugby) and the actual game of rugby have been at the forefront of change on the South African sports scene over the past ten years, and management structures and strategies in SA Rugby have continuously evolved to keep up with changes and challenges on the South African playing field.

SA Rugby is committed to South Africa, constantly emphasizing the role of the sport and the country’s national teams in encouraging patriotism and instilling national pride in people from all walks of life. Rugby is also one sport in which South African teams compete with – and regularly beat – the top teams from around the globe.

SA Rugby is the umbrella brand for:

  • The Springboks
  • Junior Springboks (U20s)
  • Springbok Sevens
  • Springbok Women
  • Springbok Women Sevens
  • Vodacom Super Rugby
  • Currie Cup
  • SuperSport Rugby Challenge
  • Gold Cup

The organisation believes that continual growth is vital to the future of the sport in South Africa. For rugby to be a national sport it must appeal to – and be played or watched by – a significant percentage of the South African population. SA Rugby has formulated a growth strategy that covers both participants and supporters, and a number of activities are already underway to meet these objectives.

The strategy includes the development and implementation of programmes to establish sustainable rugby clubs. In addition, education and training programmes are in place to develop and hone the skills of coaches, referees and administrators. An innovative junior and youth rugby policy has also been adopted to ensure the on-going growth of the game at school level.

After soccer, rugby is the most popular sport in South Africa with a following of close to ten million in a population of 44 million. With such a significant market share, SA Rugby aims to grow the brand in a manner that will encourage more sponsorship, translating into increased turnover. With more money to put back into the sport, SA Rugby can increase its appeal among prospective young players and create more winning teams.

Achievements

  • In 1995 the Springboks won the Rugby World Cup on home soil, the first time they had ever participated in the contest. They repeated this feat in 2007 in France.
  • The Springboks won the Castle Lager Rugby Championship (formerly known as the Tri-Nations) in 1998, 2004 and 2009. From 2012, the competition changed to the Castle Rugby Championship, incorporating Argentina.
  • SA Under 21s won the International Rugby Board (IRB) World Championships in South Africa in 2002, the first time the competition was held. They repeated the feat in 2005.
  • SA Under 19s became the first IRB World Champions in their age group when the competition was open to the world in Paris in 2003. They repeated this feat as hosts in 2005.
  • SA Under 20s, now named the Junior Springboks, won the World Rugby U20 Championship (for Under-20s) in 2012, when the tournament was hosted in South Africa.
  • The Springbok Sevens team, multiple tournament winners, took the the IRB’s World Sevens Series crown for 2008/09.
  • The Vodacom Bulls became the first South African side to win Vodacom Super Rugby when they defeated the Sharks in the final in 2007. The Bulls, from Pretoria, won this competition again in 2009 and in 2010.

The Product

The product is rugby – the sport, its participants on the field and in the stands, the generation of future players and the maintenance of the excellent teams SA Rugby already has in its stable.

Four key imperatives underpin SA Rugby’s values: Transformation, growth, winning and financial sustainability. These are based on the needs of all SA Rugby’s stakeholders and are inter-dependent. Therefore, success is only possible if all four are equally realized.

In a country that thrives on sunshine and sport, SA Rugby is providing light to an arena previously shadowed by political challenges. As the teams get stronger and fans fill the stadiums, the whole country is a little better off for the spirit generated when a South African hero scores a try.

Things you didn’t know about SA Rugby

  • The Springboks’ first game at home was in 1891 against the British Isles in Port Elizabeth.
  • The Springboks’ first game abroad was against Scotland in Glasgow in 1906.
  • Local rugby heroes Victor Matfield (127), Bryan Habana (124), John Smit (111), Jean de Villiers (109) and Percy Montgomery (102) have played the most Tests for South Africa.
  • John Smit became the most experienced Test captain of all time when he led the Boks for the 60th time in a Tri-Nations Test against the All Blacks in Durban in August 2009. He captained the team 83 times.

Note: Adapted from Superbrands Volume One

MATCH CENTRE
FIXTURES
     
RESULTS
     
Castle Lager Incoming Series
Saturday, June 24 2017
17:05 - South Africa vs France
Emirates Airline Park, Johannesburg
Vodacom Super Rugby
Friday, June 30 2017
19:00 - Cell C Sharks vs Vodacom Bulls
Growthpoint Kings Park, Durban
Saturday, July 01 2017
01:05 - Jaguares vs Southern Kings
Velez Sarsfield Stadium, Buenos Aires
15:05 - Toyota Cheetahs vs DHL Stormers
Toyota Stadium, Bloemfontein
17:15 - Emirates Lions vs Sunwolves
Emirates Airline Park, Johannesburg
Friday, July 07 2017
11:45 - Reds vs Brumbies
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
13:55 - Force vs Rebels
nib Stadium, Perth
Saturday, July 08 2017
11:45 - Waratahs vs Jaguares
Allianz Stadium, Sydney
17:15 - Vodacom Bulls vs Southern Kings
Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
19:30 - DHL Stormers vs Sunwolves
DHL Newlands, Cape Town

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