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CURRIE CUP PREMIER DIVISION

The Airlink Pumas from Mpumalanga defied the odds and made history by winning South Africa's oldest and premier provincial competition in 2022, after beating Windhoek Draught Griquas in a pulsating Currie Cup Premier Division final in Kimberley on 25 June. The Pretoria-based Vodacom Bulls won the title in 2020 and 2021, but lost in the semi-finals in 2022. In 2023, these three sides will be joined by the Toyota Cheetahs (from Bloemfontein), Cell C Sharks (Durban), DHL Western Province (Cape Town), Sigma Lions (Johannesburg) and the Down Touch Griffons (Welkom), who were promoted after winning the First Division in 2022.

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.

TOP SCORERS

FIXTURES

Windhoek Draught Griquas

10 Mar | Windhoek Draught Park, Kimberley

17:00

Toyota Cheetahs

Vodacom Bulls

10 Mar | Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria

19:05

Airlink Pumas

Cell C Sharks

11 Mar | Hollywoodbets Kings Park, Durban

13:30

Down Touch Griffons

Lions

11 Mar | Emirates Airline Park, Johannesburg

15:30

DHL Western Province

Down Touch Griffons

19 Mar | HT Pelatona Projects Stadium, Welkom

15:00

Toyota Cheetahs

RESULTS

26 Mar|Hollywoodbets Kings Park, Durban

Cell C Sharks

-

DHL Western Province

25 Jun|Windhoek Draught Park, Kimberley

Windhoek Draught Griquas

19 - 26

Airlink Pumas

18 Jun|Toyota Stadium, Bloemfontein

Toyota Cheetahs

35 - 38

Airlink Pumas

17 Jun|Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria

Vodacom Bulls

19 - 30

Windhoek Draught Griquas

11 Jun|Toyota Stadium, Bloemfontein

Toyota Cheetahs

35 - 5

Vodacom Bulls

CARLING CURRIE CUP PREMIER DIVISION

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Vodacom United Rugby Championship

Big crowds expected for derbies in Gauteng

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Vodacom United Rugby Championship

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Vodacom United Rugby Championship

Stormers maintain stronghold with big win in Durban

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Vodacom United Rugby Championship

Sharks, Stormers name their sides for Coastal Derby

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