South Africa's oldest and premier provincial competition ran from July to September in 2019, and the Toyota Free State Cheetahs were crowned champions in front of their home fans in Bloemfontein, beating the Xerox Lions from Johannesburg in the final. The other teams in the competition were 2018 champions, the Cell C Sharks (from Durban), DHL Western Province (Cape Town), the Vodacom Blue Bulls (Pretoria), Phakisa Pumas (Nelspruit) and Tafel Lager Griquas (Kimberley). The same seven teams will contest the Carling Currie Cup in 2020, with the opening round on 27/28 November and the final set for Saturday, 23 January 2021 (due to the season being disrupted with the COVID-19 pandemic).

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
13 9 3 1 331 237 94 35 25 43
Cell C Sharks
13 8 3 2 293 253 40 32 26 39
DHL Western Province
13 7 4 2 281 235 46 32 22 37
Xerox Lions
13 6 5 2 296 247 49 32 23 35
Toyota Cheetahs
12 6 5 1 285 275 10 30 28 31
Phakisa 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.


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

10 Jan|Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit

Phakisa Pumas

44 - 14

Vodacom Bulls


Match report

Vodacom Bulls book Carling Currie Cup home final

The Vodacom Bulls overcame an early second-half fightback by the Xerox Lions in their Carling Currie Cup semi-final at their fortress, Loftus Versfeld, on Saturday for a 26-21 win, which earned them their first home final in the competition since 2009.

Match report

Cell C Sharks edge DHL WP in Cape Town

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Team announcement

Kolisi back to lead DHL WP in Cape Town semi-final

Springbok captain Siya Kolisi is back to lead DHL Western Province in their Carling Currie Cup semi-final against the Cell C Sharks in Cape Town on Saturday.

Team announcement

Du Toit back to anchor Cell C Sharks’ scrum

Springbok prop Thomas du Toit is back from a few weeks on the sideline and will anchor the Cell C Sharks’ scrum in their Carling Currie Cup semi-final against DHL Western Province in Cape Town on Saturday.