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The Currie Cup is a domestic rugby union competition in South Africa. Teams in the Currie Cup represent entire provinces or regions within provinces. Although it is the premier domestic competition, South African teams also compete in the international Super Rugby and Pro14 competitions.

Steeped in history and tradition, the Currie Cup dates back to 1891 and is regarded as the cornerstone of South Africa's rugby heritage. The coveted gold trophy remains the most prestigious prize in South African domestic rugby.

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Currie Cup History

 
As one of the oldest rugby competitions across the globe the Currie Cup’s first games were played in 1889 but it was only officially named the Currie Cup in 1892. In 1889, after the South African Rugby Board was founded it was decided to move away from being an inter-province competition to a national competition with representative teams from all the major unions.

Transvaal, Western Province Griqualand West and Eastern Province were the participating unions in the first tournament hosted in Kimberley, home of Griqualand West. It was won by Western Province and the silver cup that was donated by the South African Rugby Board to the winners can now be found in the SA Rugby Museum in Cape Town.

The Currie Cup’s existence came to be thanks to the first international side to tour the country, The British Isles. Sir Donald Currie who owned Union-Castle Lines, the shipping company that shipped the touring sides’ belongings to the shores of South Africa, sent a golden cup with and instructed the tourists to give the trophy to their most deserving opponents. Griqualand West, who lost 3-0 to The British Isles on that tour became the first holders of the cup.

The trophy was then donated to the South African Rugby Board and became a floating trophy. In 1892 Western Province became the first official holders of the Currie Cup. Western Province dominated the early years and claimed 10 titles by 1920, Griqualand West were the only other team to win it in 1899 and 1911. A number of years were missed due to war.

Transvaal took the title in 1922 but Western Province continued to dominate and won the trophy four more times, and shared it twice with Border by 1938. Transvaal won it for a second time in 1939 but their dominance was to arrive some years later. 

The Currie Cup resumed in 1946 after the Second World War with Northern Transvaal holding the trophy aloft after beating Western Province 11-9 at Loftus Versfeld. This was followed by a few years of dominance by Transvaal as they went on to win in 1950 and 1952 before the trophy returned to Cape Town with Western Province in 1954.

The 1980’s are often referred to as the golden age of Currie Cup rugby. Globally sport was growing fast but South Africa couldn’t compete internationally which made the Currie Cup an extremely popular tournament.

The 1989 final is still known as one of the finest finals to have ever taken place in the Currie Cup. South African legend Carel du Plessis scored a last-minute try to help Western Province level the scores at 16-all against Northern Transvaal. Riaan Gouws missed the conversion which would have given Western Province their sixth title in the decade, a feat never previously attained.

As the 90’s came around so did the professionalism of rugby. The emergence of Natal and a Francois Pienaar led Transvaal followed. Natal won the Currie Cup in 1990 thanks to a Joel Stransky masterclass in the final against Northern Transvaal as Natal ran out 18-12 winners.

The two names of Joel Stransky and Francois Pienaar came to international prominence when their heroics led the Springboks to Rugby World Cup glory in 1995. No team has managed the sort of dominance like Western Province in the early years since the age of professionalism with all major unions claiming at least one Currie Cup title in the last 20 years.

The Lions (formerly Transvaal) won it in 1999, 2011 and 2015, Western Province in 1997, 2000, 2001, 2012, 2014 and 2017 and the Bulls (formerly Northern Transvaal) in 1998, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2009. The Free State Cheetahs took the title in 2005, 2007 and 2016 while the Sharks (formerly Natal) won the Currie Cup in 2008, 2010, 2013 and 2018.

In 2006 the Bulls and Cheetahs shared the title after a scintillating final in which the two teams drew 28-all after extra time in Bloemfontein.

The emergence of Super Rugby has knocked the Currie Cup down a level of importance but it remains the premier rugby union competition in the country. It remains a crucial trophy among supporters while the competition still offers great development opportunities for the younger generations.

Currie Cup Results


Knowing all the Currie Cup results is imperative if you are going to be able to successfully predict what is going to happen in the upcoming matches. Check the results for match statistics such as possession and tryscorers to gain an advantage against the bookmakers.

Currie Cup Winners and Runners-Up


Season
Champions
Runner-UpFinal ScoreFinal Venue
2019



2018 Sharks Western Province 17–12 Newlands Stadium, Cape Town
2017 Western Province Sharks 33–21 Kings Park Stadium, Durban
2016 Free State Cheetahs Blue Bulls 36–16 Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein
2015 Golden Lions Western Province 32–24 Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg
2014 Western Province Golden Lions 19–16 Newlands Stadium, Cape Town
2013 Sharks Western Province 33–19 Newlands Stadium, Cape Town
2012 Western Province Sharks 25–18 Kings Park Stadium, Durban
2011 Golden Lions Sharks 42–16 Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg
2010 Sharks Western Province 30–10 Kings Park Stadium, Durban
2009 Blue Bulls Free State Cheetahs 36–24 Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
2008 Sharks Blue Bulls 14–9 Kings Park Stadium, Durban
2007 Free State Cheetahs Golden Lions 20–18 Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein
2006 Blue Bulls & Free State Cheetahs(shared) N/A 28–28 Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein
2005 Free State Cheetahs Blue Bulls 29–25 Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
2004 Blue Bulls Free State Cheetahs 42–33 Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
2003 Blue Bulls Sharks 40–19 Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
2002 Blue Bulls Golden Lions 31–7 Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg
2001 Western Province Sharks 29–24 Newlands Stadium, Cape Town
2000 Western Province Sharks 25–15 Kings Park Stadium, Durban
1999 Golden Lions Sharks 32–9 Kings Park Stadium, Durban
1998 Blue Bulls5 Western Province 24–20 Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
1997 Western Province Free State Cheetahs4 14–12 Newlands Stadium, Cape Town
1996 Sharks6 Golden Lions3 33–15 Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg
1995 Natal Western Province 25–17 Kings Park Stadium, Durban
1994 Transvaal Free State 56–33 Springbok Park, Bloemfontein
1993 Transvaal Natal 21–15 Kings Park Stadium, Durban
1992 Natal Transvaal 14–13 Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg
1991 Northern Transvaal Transvaal 27–15 Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
1990 Natal Northern Transvaal 18–12 Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
1989 Northern Transvaal & Western Province (shared) N/A 16–16 Newlands Stadium, Cape Town
1988 Northern Transvaal Western Province 19–18 Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
1987 Northern Transvaal Transvaal 24–18 Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg
1986 Western Province Transvaal 22–9 Newlands Stadium, Cape Town
1985 Western Province Northern Transvaal 22–15 Newlands Stadium, Cape Town
1984 Western Province Natal 19–9 Newlands Stadium, Cape Town
1983 Western Province Northern Transvaal 9–3 Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
1982 Western Province Northern Transvaal 24–7 Newlands Stadium, Cape Town
1981 Northern Transvaal Free State 23–6 Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
1980 Northern Transvaal Western Province 39–9 Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
1979 Northern Transvaal & Western Province (shared) N/A 15–15 Newlands Stadium, Cape Town
1978 Northern Transvaal Free State 13–9 Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein
1977 Northern Transvaal Free State 27–12 Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
1976 Free State Western Province 33–16 Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein
1975 Northern Transvaal Free State 12–6 Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein
1974 Northern Transvaal Transvaal 17–15 Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
1973 Northern Transvaal Free State 30–22 Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
1972 Transvaal Eastern Transvaal 25–19 Pam Brink Stadium, Springs
1971 Northern Transvaal & Transvaal(shared) N/A 14–14 Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg
1970 Griqualand West Northern Transvaal 11–9 De Beers, Kimberley
1969 Northern Transvaal Western Province 28–13 Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
1968 Northern Transvaal Transvaal 16–3 Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
1966 Western Province N/A N/A N/A
1964 Western Province N/A N/A N/A
1959 Western Province N/A N/A N/A
1958 Western Province N/A N/A N/A
1957 Western Province N/A N/A N/A
1956 Northern Transvaal Natal 9–8 Kings Park Stadium, Durban
1954 Western Province Northern Transvaal 11–8 Newlands Stadium, Cape Town
1952 Transvaal Boland 11–9 Wellington
1950 Transvaal Western Province 22–11 Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg
1947 Western Province Transvaal 16–12 Newlands Stadium, Cape Town
1946 Northern Transvaal Western Province 11–9 Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
1939 Transvaal Western Province 17–6 Newlands Stadium, Cape Town
1936 Western Province N/A N/A N/A
1934 Border & Western Province(shared) N/A N/A N/A
1932 Border & Western Province(shared) N/A N/A N/A
1929 Western Province N/A N/A N/A
1927 Western Province N/A N/A N/A
1925 Western Province N/A N/A N/A
1922 Transvaal N/A N/A N/A
1920 Western Province N/A N/A N/A
1914 Western Province N/A N/A N/A
1911 Griqualand West N/A N/A N/A
1908 Western Province N/A N/A N/A
1906 Western Province N/A N/A N/A
1904 Western Province N/A N/A N/A
1899 Griqualand West N/A N/A N/A
1898 Western Province N/A N/A N/A
1897 Western Province N/A N/A N/A
1895 Western Province N/A N/A N/A
1894 Western Province N/A N/A N/A
1892 Western Province N/A N/A N/A

Where is the Currie Cup?


The Currie Cup competition is played in South Africa.

When is the Currie Cup?


The Currie Cup has been played between mid-August and end-October, but in 2019 we see an earlier start from 12 July to 7 September. This is mainly to ensure the competition ends before the Rugby World Cup takes place.

Currie Cup Teams & Stadiums


TeamStadium
Western Province
DHL Newlands, Cape Town
Free State Cheetahs
Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein
Sharks
Jonsson Kings Park, Durban
Blue Bulls
Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Pretoria
Golden Lions
Emirates Airline Park, Johannesburg
Pumas
Mbombela Stadium, Mbombela
Griquas
Griqua Park, Kimberley

Currie Cup Fixtures


Knowing all the fixtures including home and away information is crucial when attempting to pick the Currie Cup winner. The 2019 Currie Cup will feature seven rounds consisting of three matches followed by two semi-finals and the Currie Cup final. One team will get a bye in the seven rounds.

Round
Date
Home
Away
Stadium
Round One 12 July 2019 Sharks Griquas Jonsson Kings Park, Durban
Round One 13 July 2019 Golden Lions Pumas Emirates Airline Park, Johannesburg
Round One 13 July 2019 Western Province Blue Bulls DHL Newlands, Cape Town
Round Two 19 July 2019 Griquas Pumas Griqua Park, Kimberley
Round Two 19 July 2019 Blue Bulls Free State Cheetahs Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Pretoria
Round Two 20 July 2019 Sharks Western Province Jonsson Kings Park, Durban
Round Three 26 July 2019 Pumas Blue Bulls Mbombela Stadium, Mbombela
Round Three 27 July 2019 Free State Cheetahs Griquas Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein
Round Three 27 July 2019 Western Province Golden Lions DHL Newlands, Cape Town
Round Four 2 August 2019 Free State Cheetahs Golden Lions Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein
Round Four 3 August 2019 Pumas Sharks Mbombela Stadium, Mbombela
Round Four 3 August 2019 Blue Bulls Griquas Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Pretoria
Round Five 9 August 2019 Western Province Pumas DHL Newlands, Cape Town
Round Five 10 August 2019 Sharks Free State Cheetahs Jonsson Kings Park, Durban
Round Five 10 August 2019 Golden Lions Blue Bulls Emirates Airline Park, Johannesburg
Round Six 16 August 2019 Griquas Western Province Griqua Park, Kimberley
Round Six 17 August 2019 Pumas Free State Cheetahs Mbombela Stadium, Mbombela
Round Six 18 August 2019 Golden Lions Sharks Emirates Airline Park, Johannesburg
Round Seven 24 August 2019 Griquas Golden Lions Griqua Park, Kimberley
Round Seven 24 August 2019 Free State Cheetahs Western Province Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein
Round Seven 24 August 2019 Blue Bulls Sharks Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Pretoria
Semifinals 31 August 2019 TBA TBA TBA
Semifinals 31 August 2019 TBA TBA TBA
Final 7 September 2019 TBA TBA TBA

Who has won the most Currie Cups?


Western Province have won the most Currie Cup titles with 34 while they have shared the trophy on four occasions.

Team
WinsNotesMost Recent
Western Province 34 Four shared 2017
Northern Transvaal/Blue Bulls 23 Four shared 2009
Transvaal/Gauteng Lions/Golden Lions 11 One shared 2015
Natal/Sharks 8
2018
Orange Free State/Free State Cheetahs 5 One shared 2016
Griqualand West/Griquas 3
1970
Border/Border Bulldogs 2 Two shared 1934

Currie Cup Betting Odds


Western Province lead the way in the 2019 Currie Cup winners market. The Sharks, Bulls, Cheetahs and Lions are all given a chance by bookmakers with the Griquas and Pumas further back.
Odds correct as of 18 July 2019:

  • Western Province (2.75)
  • Sharks (5.00)
  • Bulls (6.50)
  • Cheetahs (7.00)
  • Lions (7.00)
  • Griquas (11.00)
  • Pumas (17.00)

Currie Cup Free Bets


Many bookmakers will offer free bets and special offer for Currie Cup matches. Check out our bookmaker reviews for all the best bookies to use for betting on the Currie Cup.

Currie Cup Bet of the Day


Currie Cup matches will often feature in our bet of the day. Our bet of the day is our best bet and could come from a range of sports including football, cricket, NBA, boxing or tennis.

Currie Cup Live Streaming


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Currie Cup Highlights


Highlights is a key component should you miss a game in order to stay ahead of the game. Pick up on players and team form while catching up on all the tries and missed opportunities.

The best highlight packages of the Currie Cup can be found on the SuperSport YouTube Channel while SA Rugby Magazine website offers great highlights and interviews.

Currie Cup News


Keeping up with all the Currie Cup news, injuries, team selections and suspensions has never been easier. All team selections are announced two days before the match and can be found at SA Rugby Magazine’s website.

There are numerous other places to find all your Currie Cup news including the SuperSport website and News24.

Currie Cup Social Media


Follow theseCurrie Cup social media accounts to stay in touch and up to date with everything you need to know about the competition: