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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-Up||Final Score||Final Venue|
|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|
|1956||Northern Transvaal||Natal||9–8||Kings Park Stadium, Durban|
|1954||Western Province||Northern Transvaal||11–8||Newlands Stadium, Cape Town|
|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|
|1934||Border & Western Province(shared)||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|1932||Border & Western Province(shared)||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
|DHL Newlands, Cape Town|
Free State Cheetahs
|Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein|
|Jonsson Kings Park, Durban|
|Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Pretoria|
|Emirates Airline Park, Johannesburg|
|Mbombela Stadium, Mbombela|
|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 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.
|Western Province||34||Four shared||2017|
|Northern Transvaal/Blue Bulls||23||Four shared||2009|
|Transvaal/Gauteng Lions/Golden Lions||11||One shared||2015|
|Orange Free State/Free State Cheetahs||5||One shared||2016|
|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
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Currie Cup Bet of the Day
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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: