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CURRIE CUP PREMIER DIV

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 Golden 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 history

The Currie Cup - in recent years sponsored by DirectAxis Financial Services - 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.

Currie Cup Premier Division 2019 table
Pos Team PL W L D PF PA DIFF TF TA PTS
1
Free State
6 4 2 0 234 162 72 34 21 22
2
Golden Lions
6 4 2 0 173 174 -1 24 21 22
3
Griquas
6 4 2 0 178 175 3 22 24 21
4
Sharks
6 4 2 0 170 179 -9 20 22 19
5
Western Province
6 2 4 0 176 146 30 23 19 14
6
Blue Bulls
6 2 4 0 143 186 -43 20 25 10
7
Pumas
6 1 5 0 156 208 -52 19 30 9

There are currently no fixtures available.

RESULTS

07 Sep|Toyota Stadium, Bloemfontein

Free State

31 - 28

Xerox Golden Lions

06 Sep|Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit

Phakisa Pumas

49 - 5

Griffons

31 Aug|Toyota Stadium, Bloemfontein

Free State

51 - 30

Cell C Sharks

Tournaments

News

More than 320,000 ticket applications for British & Irish Lions tour 2021

South African rugby fans came out in full force and applied for 323,964 tickets to attend the eight matches of next year’s tour of the British & Irish Lions.

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SA participation in Guinness PRO14 with Monday night rugby planned

On August 25, PRO14 Rugby acknowledged that under current international travel restrictions it is not possible for South African teams to fulfil Guinness PRO14 fixtures until 2021.

Tournament news

SA Rugby U21 Champs scheduled for Johannesburg next month

The 2020 SA Rugby Under-21 Championship, featuring five provincial sides, will kick off on Sunday 4 October and will be played at one venue – Emirates Airline Park in Johannesburg – culminating in the final on 30 October, SA Rugby announced on Wednesday.

Tournament news

Two trophies up for grabs when local rugby season resumes

South Africa’s seven franchises will battle it out for Vodacom Super Rugby Unlocked and Currie Cup honours when the domestic season resumes next month, after a complete re-working of fixtures and competition structures has been forced by the six-month interruption.

News

Castle Lager Springbok Showdown to kick-start local season next month

The battle lines are being drawn for a Castle Lager Springbok Showdown, which will pit the best local stars and top, up-and-coming talent against each other on 3 October, as SA Rugby announced its plans today to reignite an exciting four-month local season.