New talent to emerge in Absa Currie Cup
July 31, 2014
South African rugby fans will be thrilled by the skills of a new generation of stars in the forthcoming Absa Currie Cup, which kicks off next Friday evening in Port Elizabeth when the EP Kings host DHL Western Province.

A host of the players who featured for the Junior Springboks earlier this season are already training with their senior provincial squads and could become household names in the coming months.

“We have already seen a number of these players making the step up to Vodacom Super Rugby in the last month,” said SARU CEO Jurie Roux.

“Here I’m thinking of younger players such as Thomas du Toit, Marvin Orie, Nicolaas Janse van Rensburg, Seabelo Senatla and Jesse Kriel, who all made their Super Rugby debuts in July.

“There will be more where they came from and that bodes well for South African rugby, because it’s in the Absa Currie Cup where our players are groomed for higher honours.”

Following a request from SARU to the provinces, the contracted Springboks selected for the Castle Lager Rugby Championship will not play any part in the Absa Currie Cup.

“The Springboks are our first priority and the provinces have been very supportive, which we’re very thankful for. They breed our Springboks and it will be up to them to bring the next generation through,” said Roux.

“While it’s impossible to put a blanket ban across all contracted Springboks to play for their provinces, the players utilised in the Castle Lager Rugby Championship will be managed on an individual basis as the necessity arises. Most of them won’t play any part in the Currie Cup, though.”

The Cell C Sharks will kick off the defence of the Absa Currie Cup against GWK Griquas in Kimberley on Saturday, 9 August. Other first round matches will see the Juskei Derby between the Xerox Golden Lions and the Vodacom Blue Bulls in Johannesburg, while the Steval Pumas will host the Toyota Free State Cheetahs in Nelspruit.

The semi-finals are scheduled for 18 October and the final will be played a week later, on Saturday 25 October.

Absa Under 19 Competition
Friday, October 03 2014
12:45 - Leopards U19 vs Golden Lions U19
Profert Olen Park, Potch
Absa Currie Cup First Division
13:30 - Down Touch Griffons vs SWD Eagles
North West Stadium, Welkom
Absa Under 21 Competition
14:15 - Leopards U21 vs Golden Lions U21
Profert Olen Park, Potch
Absa Under 19 Competition
15:00 - Sharks U19 vs Blue Bulls U19
Growthpoint KINGS PARK, Durban
Absa Under 21 Competition
15:00 - EP Kings U21 vs Limpopo BB U21
Framesby High School, PE
Absa Currie Cup First Division
16:00 - Leopards vs Valke
Profert Olen Park, Potch
Absa Under 21 Competition
16:45 - Sharks U21 vs Blue Bulls U21
Growthpoint KINGS PARK, Durban
Absa Currie Cup Premier Division
19:10 - Cell C Sharks vs Xerox Golden Lions
Growthpoint KINGS PARK, Durban
19:10 - Steval Pumas vs Vodacom Blue Bulls
Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit
Absa Under 19 Competition
Saturday, October 04 2014
00:00 - Boland U19 vs Limpopo BB U19
Boland Stadium, Wellington

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