The Currie Cup will return to normal this year, with the 14 provincial teams from South Africa contesting the Premier and the First Divisionwhile SA Rugby also confirmed new competitions for provincial U-20 teams after last year’s COVID disruption.
The competition will only have South African teams and will not have the franchise Argentina Jaguares XV, an idea that was considered at some point.
The Currie Cup will once again have seven teams in a double round of action, with a series of matches scheduled on weekdays, while the First Division, which also consists of seven teams, returns to the local rugby calendar after being canceled last year.
Both Currie Cup competitions are scheduled to start the weekend of June 18-19. Match dates, venues and kick-off times are yet to be confirmed.
The bulls they must defend their title against Western Province, Lions, Cheetahs, Pumas and Griquas. The top four teams on record at the end of the league phase will qualify for the semi-finals, followed by the final on Saturday, September 11.
On the first date, Lions travel to Nelspruit to face Pumas. Griquas and Sharks meet in Kimberley and Bulls host Western Province in a North-South derby in Pretoria. Cheetahs will have a free date.
The First Division will feature the Boland, Border, Eastern Province, Down Touch Griffons, Leopards, South Western Districts Eagles and Valke who will meet in a single round and culminate in a final on August 14.