South Africa's oldest and premier provincial competition, which was contested from October 2020 to January 2021 during a season disrupted by COVID-19, ended in joy for the Vodacom Bulls as they won the title for the first time since 2009, beating the Durban-based Cell C Sharks in a dramatic and nail-biting home final in Pretoria. The other teams in the competition were 2019 champions, the Toyota Cheetahs (from Bloemfontein), as well as DHL Western Province (Cape Town), Xerox Lions (Johannesburg), Phakisa Pumas (Nelspruit) and Tafel Lager Griquas (Kimberley).

The history

The Currie Cup is one of the oldest rugby competitions in the world, with the first games played in 1889, but it was only in 1892 that it became officially known as the Currie Cup. 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. The Currie Cup trophy was donated to South Africa in 1891 by the touring British Isles team - it was given to the tourists 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 that gives you the best game. After a spirited display where the unbeaten British Lions narrowly won 3-0, Griqualand West became the first ever holders of the Currie Cup.

Carling Currie Cup 2020_2021 table
Vodacom Bulls
12 8 3 1 305 216 89 32 22 39
DHL Western Province
12 7 3 2 272 216 56 32 21 37
Cell C Sharks
12 7 3 2 274 244 30 31 26 35
Xerox Lions
12 6 4 2 275 221 54 29 20 34
Toyota Cheetahs
12 6 5 1 285 275 10 30 28 31
New Nation Pumas
12 3 8 1 265 351 -86 34 48 17
Tafel Lager Griquas
12 0 11 1 211 364 -153 24 47 8

There are currently no fixtures available.


30 Jan|Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria

Vodacom Bulls

26 - 19

Cell C Sharks

23 Jan|DHL Newlands, Cape Town

DHL Western Province

9 - 19

Cell C Sharks

23 Jan|Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria

Vodacom Bulls

26 - 21

Xerox Lions


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Team announcement

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Team announcement

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Team announcement

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