Message from the SA Rugby President
Good afternoon and welcome to today’s match in the 2018 Currie Cup, proudly brought to you by Nashua and DirectAxis. The Currie Cup is one of the oldest competitions in world rugby, and we are delighted that the rich history, tradition and passion associated with the competition and the famous gold trophy still remain, since the tournament’s inception in 1891.
We know that all the teams involved will give everything they have, in the name of their team-mates and their provinces, and for all of the players, featuring in the Currie Cup always is a memorable occasion.
Holding aloft the Currie Cup remains one of the biggest honours and achievements for teams in South African rugby, and we are excited to see the participating sides stake a claim for a place in the final stages in attempt to reach this feat.
This year every game will be vital as the competition has been revamped to feature an action-packed single round, meaning every point will count. Adding to the excitement for die-hard fans, the fixture list includes three Saturday triple-headers, something we have not had for many years.
And as has always been the case, we can look forward to a new generation of player emerging from the Currie Cup – guys who will stake a claim at Vodacom Super Rugby level and later for the Springboks, where they will do our country proud.
I would like to wish both sides in action today the best of luck for the match, and for the rest of the competition. I have no doubt that they will deliver a high standard of rugby. A special thanks also to the provincial unions for all your hard work to ensure that your teams are well equipped to do their best on the field and for your contribution to keeping South African rugby fresh and exciting.
Thanks to the fans who have come to the stadium to support these teams. You are not only showing your support for them, but for the Currie Cup and South African rugby, and for that we are very grateful. Your support will assist us in ensuring that the Currie Cup remains steeped in history as one of the greatest competitions in the world, and one that your children, grandchildren and great grandchildren will be passionate about for many years to come.
And finally, to our valued partners Nashua and DirectAxis, thank you for your continued support of this wonderful competition, we really appreciate it.
Enjoy the rugby!
SA Rugby President