Founded 1968
Home Ground : HT Pelatona Projects Stadium

It was not only because of their purple jerseys that the Down Touch Griffons (formerly Northern Free State) became known as the Purple People Eaters, but also because of the way in which they ground out wins against bigger teams on regular occasions. Not as strong as they used to be, the Griffons are still no easy-beats, especially when they play at home on the rock hard surface of Welkom's HT Pelatona Projects Stadium, formerly known as the North West Stadium. The Griffons have benefitted a great deal from draft players sent to Welkom by the Cheetahs in recent years, culminating in them winning the Currie Cup First Division in 2008. They repeated that feat in 2014 and 2016.

President : Randal September
CEO (Pty) : Eugene van Wyk
General Manager (Union) : Eugene van Wyk
Tel : 057 353 2899
Address : Rugby Street No 1
Website :
Currie Cup First Division: 2008, 2014, 2016
Vodacom Shield: 2001
Paul Roos Trophy: 1970

FNB Varsity Cup
Monday, March 26 2018
16:45 - FNB Shimlas vs FNB CUT
Xerox Shimla Park
18:30 - FNB UJ vs FNB Ikeys
UJ Stadium
18:30 - FNB UP Tuks vs FNB Madibaz
Tuks Stadium
19:00 - FNB NWU vs FNB Maties
Fanie du Toit Sports Grounds
Castle Lager Incoming Series
Saturday, June 09 2018
17:05 - South Africa vs England
Emirates Airline Park, Johannesburg
Saturday, June 16 2018
17:05 - South Africa vs England
Toyota Stadium, Bloemfontein
Saturday, June 23 2018
17:05 - South Africa vs England
Newlands Rugby Stadium, Cape Town
The Castle Lager Rugby Championship
Saturday, August 18 2018
17:05 - South Africa vs Argentina
Growthpoint Kings Park, Durban
Saturday, August 25 2018
00:00 - Argentina vs South Africa
To be confirmed
Saturday, September 08 2018
12:05 - Australia vs South Africa
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane

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