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Super Rugby vs Currie Cup


Written by Nkululeko Duma (Poisy)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Reader Submissions, Super Rugby on 28 Oct 2015 at 10:05
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With talk of the once-famous Currie Cup possibly being relegated to Vodacom Cup status and running alongside the ever-expanding Super Rugby competition, I thought maybe we could look at how the Currie Cup could benefit from this change.

It is not a secret that even if it stays in its current format, a lot is wrong with the Currie Cup as evident in the dwindling numbers at stadiums (guilty also, I only attended two Currie Cup games this year despite having tickets to all).

These are just ideas and everyone is welcome to criticise or come up with their own ideas, with special emphasis on how it can be beneficial rather than the pessimistic overall view the general rugby public has.

Also people should make 2 teams of 23 one for Super Rugby and one for Currie Cup if it does happen at the same time. Let’s assume halfway through super rugby the Currie Cup will start, I suggest instead of Vodacom Cup, we use that time to use our junior players to train for Currie Cup by playing exhibition matches. We can have midweek games where the top 5 Varsity Cup teams play the top 5 Currie Cup teams(2015 standings) and top 5 national club teams (2015 club champs standings) where everyone plays each other once and give it the hype the Varsity Cup gets with matches on Mondays and Wednesdays. This would expose some talent to a wider audience and keep them match fit while playing quality opposition and the coaches of the Super Rugby teams could see what they have during the week in terms of depth.

We are moving in the direction where our Super Rugby teams play each other like in Currie Cup, only with their Boks, so instead of repeating the same games minus the Boks later, we let our fixtures in Super Rugby determine Currie Cup games as well. What I mean is if we play the Bulls in Super Rugby, whatever the result is it will also be the Currie Cup result and we abolish the U19 and U21 competitions (which are outdated) and have U20′s as our curtain raisers and culminating in South African U20s being picked from those curtain raisers after Super Rugby, similar to how the Boks will get picked for the Rugby Championship. In short, we should play Currie Cup within Super Rugby, as it essentially is Currie Cup now only this way we use our Boks as well. Come Rugby Champs I feel we should have an U20 tournament as curtain raisers for all matches in the senior Rugby Championship.

I know this doesn’t really address what happens to teams like the Pumas, but I’m open to what you think we should do about them.



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