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 Post subject: Currie Cup 2019
PostPosted: Tue Apr 02, 2019 1:41 pm 
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South Africa’s senior rugby landscape will have a strong international flavour in 2019, with the return of an Argentinean XV, and full-strength Namibian and Zimbabwean teams.

The Currie Cup First Division will be bolstered by an Argentina XV and Namibia, the SuperSport Rugby Challenge format will change, and the SA Rugby U19 Championship will be played over a week in a similar format to the SA Rugby Youth Weeks.

The status quo will remain in the Currie Cup Premier Division with the Blue Bulls, Golden Lions, Sharks, Western Province, Free State Cheetahs, Pumas and Griquas all competing for the title.

The competition has been moved to an earlier time slot in the season though, from July 13 to September 7, which means that the Currie Cup Premier Division will not overlap with the Rugby World Cup, Super Rugby or the PRO14.

The Currie Cup First Division will now feature eight teams, with the Argentina XV and Namibia battling it out with defending champions SWD, Boland, Griffons, Valke, Leopards and Eastern Province.

The SuperSport Rugby Challenge will be split into two sections – North and South – with the top two teams from each section progressing to the semi-finals.

The North Section will consist of Namibia, the Leopards, Valke, Golden Lions, Blue Bulls, Pumas, Griffons and Griquas.

In the South Section Zimbabwe, WP, the Boland Cavaliers, SWD Eagles, Eastern Province, the Sharks and Free State Cheetahs will battle it out.

The only major change in the junior competition structures will see the SA Rugby U19 competition being converted into a compact one-week tournament comprising 16 teams – the 14 provincial unions, Limpopo and another team to be determined in due course – at a single venue.

In a new development, club players in their first year out of school will be eligible for selection in line with the competition’s objective of unearthing new promising players who have not represented their provinces at school or junior provincial level.

The SA Rugby U20 and U21 Championships show slight changes – only six teams will play in the U21 competition (WP, Toyota Free State, the Blue Bulls, Golden Lions, Sharks and Leopards).

Eastern Province will take part in the U20 competition this year with the eight other teams – the Leopards, Griquas, Griffons, Valke, Pumas, Limpopo, SWD and Boland.

https://www.sport24.co.za/Rugby/CurrieCup/argentina-namibia-to-feature-in-2019-currie-cup-first-division-20190402


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 Post subject: Re: Currie Cup 2019
PostPosted: Tue Apr 02, 2019 1:43 pm 
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Great news for Zimbabwean rugby :thumbup:

And hopefully enough to raise the profile of the competition again.


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 Post subject: Re: Currie Cup 2019
PostPosted: Tue Apr 02, 2019 2:14 pm 
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2019 SA Rugby Competition dates (fixtures TBC):
26/27 April to 29 June – SuperSport Rugby Challenge
5/6 July to 31 August – First Division
12/13 July to 7 September – Currie Cup Premier Division
6/7 September – Currie Cup Promotion-Relegation
21/22 June to 7 September – SA Rugby U21 Championship
12/13 July to 31 August – SA Rugby U20 Championship
21 to 29 September – SA Rugby U19 Championship
28 September to 9 November – Amateur Provincial Pilot Project


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 Post subject: Re: Currie Cup 2019
PostPosted: Tue Apr 02, 2019 3:36 pm 
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The coach of Jaguares XV, for this year, will be the former player of Los Pumas, Ignacio Fernandez Lobbe, current Head Coach of Argentina XV, who won this year's Americas Rugby Championship title. The squad will be defined in the month of June, when the South American Six Nations ends and the corresponding calls to the National Selections begin (the squad will be defined once the Pumas have theirs for the Rugby Championship and would be composed of players from Argentina XV, Jaguars not called for the RC and pumitas that stand out in the World Rugby U20 Championship 2019, to be played in the Province of Santa Fe).

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Marcelo Rodriguez, president of the Argentine Rugby Union wrote:

"It is a pride for Argentine rugby to be part of this prestigious tournament that has more than 130 years of history. In 2019 we have presence in 15 international championships and without a doubt, the First Division of the Currie Cup is an excellent opportunity to have all our players in competition and with world filming," said Marcelo Rodriguez, president of the Argentine Rugby Union.

"Consequently, I want to thank, on behalf of the UAR, the authorities of the South African Rugby Union (SARU) for continuing to open doors to us in their national competitions and collaborate with the development of Argentine rugby. Julie Roux, CEO of SARU and Mark Alexander, President of SARU, have made a great effort to give us this opportunity to be part of their oldest tournament," added Rodriguez.

Then, the president of the UAR concluded: "We are conscious, at the same time, that having participated in the Vodacom Cup meant a very important process for the Argentine rugby because it allowed to develop many players that later were part of the team for the World Cup 2011 and later, for the Personal Rugby Championship 2012".



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 Post subject: Re: Currie Cup 2019
PostPosted: Tue Apr 02, 2019 3:41 pm 
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Carfer, not playing as Pampas XV again?


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 Post subject: Re: Currie Cup 2019
PostPosted: Tue Apr 02, 2019 4:17 pm 
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Jensrsa wrote:
Carfer, not playing as Pampas XV again?


According to the official Jaguares website, the name will be Jaguares XV (I include a link to that note: Jaguares XV to South Africa!).
Some speculate that the name Pampas XV will be reserved for another professional competition (perhaps one on the American continent).

¡ Jaguares XV a Sudáfrica !

http://www.jaguares.com.ar/2019/04/%EF%BB%BFjaguares-xv-a-sudafrica/

Apparently, just like the Blue Bulls, Golden Lions and Sharks that have their "mirror" in SR, the UAR would have decided to call Jaguares XV as the second team in their SR franchise.


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 Post subject: Re: Currie Cup 2019
PostPosted: Tue Apr 02, 2019 6:47 pm 
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Carfer wrote:
Jensrsa wrote:
Carfer, not playing as Pampas XV again?


According to the official Jaguares website, the name will be Jaguares XV (I include a link to that note: Jaguares XV to South Africa!).
Some speculate that the name Pampas XV will be reserved for another professional competition (perhaps one on the American continent).

¡ Jaguares XV a Sudáfrica !

http://www.jaguares.com.ar/2019/04/%EF%BB%BFjaguares-xv-a-sudafrica/

Apparently, just like the Blue Bulls, Golden Lions and Sharks that have their "mirror" in SR, the UAR would have decided to call Jaguares XV as the second team in their SR franchise.

:thumbup:

Thanks Carfer


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 Post subject: Re: Currie Cup 2019
PostPosted: Tue Apr 02, 2019 11:10 pm 
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Jensrsa wrote:
Carfer wrote:
Jensrsa wrote:
Carfer, not playing as Pampas XV again?


According to the official Jaguares website, the name will be Jaguares XV (I include a link to that note: Jaguares XV to South Africa!).
Some speculate that the name Pampas XV will be reserved for another professional competition (perhaps one on the American continent).

¡ Jaguares XV a Sudáfrica !

http://www.jaguares.com.ar/2019/04/%EF%BB%BFjaguares-xv-a-sudafrica/

Apparently, just like the Blue Bulls, Golden Lions and Sharks that have their "mirror" in SR, the UAR would have decided to call Jaguares XV as the second team in their SR franchise.

:thumbup:

Thanks Carfer

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 Post subject: Re: Currie Cup 2019
PostPosted: Wed Apr 03, 2019 2:42 am 
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Supersport Rugby Challenge....................more meaningless rugby.


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 Post subject: Re: Currie Cup 2019
PostPosted: Wed Jun 12, 2019 2:06 pm 
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Premier Division fixtures:

Friday 12 July
19h15: Sharks v Griquas

Saturday 13 July
15h00: Golden Lions v Pumas
17h15: Western Province v Vodacom Blue Bulls

Friday 19 July
17h00: Griquas v Pumas
19h15: Blue Bulls v Free State Cheetahs

Saturday 20 July
14h00: Sharks v Western Province

Friday 26 July
19h15: Pumas v Vodacom Blue Bulls

Saturday 27 July
15h00: Toyota Free State Cheetahs v Tafel Lager Griquas
17h15: Western Province v Golden Lions

Friday 2 August
19h15: Free State Cheetahs v Golden Lions

Saturday 3 August
15h00: Pumas v Sharks
17h15: Blue Bulls v Griquas

Friday 9 August
15h00: Western Province v Pumas

Saturday 10 August
15h00: Sharks v Free State Cheetahs
17h15: Golden Lions v Blue Bulls

Friday 16 August
19h00: Griquas v Western Province

Saturday 17 August
14h00: Pumas v Free State Cheetahs

Sunday 18 August
14h00: Golden Lions v Sharks

Saturday 24 August
15h00: Griquas v Golden Lions
17h15: Free State Cheetahs v Western Province
19h30: Blue Bulls v Sharks

Saturday 31 August – Semi-finals

Saturday 7 September – Final


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 Post subject: Re: Currie Cup 2019
PostPosted: Wed Jun 12, 2019 2:07 pm 
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The Currie Cup First Division will kick off on the weekend of 5-6 July, with the Border Bulldogs coming into the competition for the Namibian team, who have decided to withdraw.

The defending First Division champions, the SWD Eagles, start their campaign with a tough trip to the East Rand to face the Valke.

The Jaguares XV from Argentina, who start their campaign with a trip to Welkom to face the Griffons, will be based in Potchefstroom.

https://www.sarugbymag.co.za/sharks-kick-off-2019-currie-cup/


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