Currie Cup

Steeped in history and tradition, the Currie Cup dates back to 1891 and remains the most prestigious prize in South African domestic rugby. Photo: SA Rugby website

Currie Cup: EVERY winner in the tournament’s history

Steeped in history and tradition, the Currie Cup dates back to 1891 and remains the most prestigious prize in South African domestic rugby.

Currie Cup

Steeped in history and tradition, the Currie Cup dates back to 1891 and remains the most prestigious prize in South African domestic rugby. Photo: SA Rugby website

Steeped in history and tradition, the Currie Cup dates back to 1891 and remains the most prestigious prize in South African domestic rugby.

The Currie Cup is among the oldest rugby competitions in the world with the first matches played in 1889, but it was only in 1892 that it became officially known as the Currie Cup.

The competition had its humble beginnings as an inter-province competition in 1884, but when the South African Rugby Board was founded in 1889 it decided to organise a national competition that would involve representative teams from all the major unions. 

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.

As a prize they received a silver cup donated by the South African Rugby Board.

The story of how the Currie Cup came to be comes from the first overseas rugby team to tour South Africa in 1891, The British Isles, who carried with them a particularly precious bit of cargo.

Among the bags, boots and balls was a golden cup given to them by Sir Donald Currie, owner of Union-Castle Lines, the shipping company that transported them to Mzansi.

Sir Donald Currie was clear with his instructions – hand the trophy to the team in South Africa that gives the best game; and after a spirited display where the unbeaten British Lions narrowly won 3-0, Griqualand West became the first ever holders of the Currie Cup.

They then handed the trophy over to the South African Rugby Board and it became the floating trophy for the Currie Cup competition.

The inaugural Currie Cup tournament was thus held in 1892 with Western Province earning the honour of holding it aloft as the first official winners.

Fast forward 132 years and the 2024 edition kicks off this weekend.

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EVERY CURRIE CUP WINNER TO DATE

1892Western Province
1894Western Province
1895Western Province
1897Western Province
1898Western Province
18991Griqualand West
1904Western Province
1906Western Province
1908Western Province
1911Griqualand West
1914Western Province
1920Western Province
1922Transvaal
1925Western Province
1927Western Province
1929Western Province
1932Border & Western Province (shared)
1934Border & Western Province (shared)
1936Western Province
1939Transvaal
1946Northern Transvaal
1947Western Province
1950Transvaal
1952Transvaal
1954Western Province
1956Northern Transvaal
1957–1959Western Province
1964Western Province
1966Western Province
1968Northern Transvaal
1969Northern Transvaal
1970Griqualand West
1971Northern Transvaal & Transvaal (shared)
1972Transvaal
1973Northern Transvaal
1974Northern Transvaal
1975Northern Transvaal
1976Free State
1977Northern Transvaal
1978Northern Transvaal
1979Northern Transvaal & Western Province (shared)
1980Northern Transvaal
1981Northern Transvaal
1982Western Province
1983Western Province
1984Western Province
1985Western Province
1986Western Province
1987Northern Transvaal
1988Northern Transvaal
1989Northern Transvaal & Western Province (shared)
1990Natal
1991Northern Transvaal
1992Natal
1993Transvaal
1994Transvaal
1995Natal
1996Sharks
1997Western Province
1998Blue Bulls
1999Golden Lions
2000Western Province
2001Western Province
2002Blue Bulls
2003Blue Bulls
2004Blue Bulls
2005Free State Cheetahs
2006Blue Bulls & Free State Cheetahs (shared)
2007Free State Cheetahs
2008Sharks
2009Blue Bulls
2010Sharks
2011Golden Lions
2012Western Province
2013Sharks
2014Western Province
2015Golden Lions
2016Free State Cheetahs
2017Western Province
2018Sharks
2019Free State Cheetahs
2020–21Blue Bulls
2021Blue Bullls
2021Blue Bullls
2022Pumas
2023Free State Cheetahs