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23rd July 2014 12:40

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Jurie Roux at a press conference

Excited: Jurie Roux

The new Currie Cup Premier Division format, featuring eight teams, will come into play on August 8 in a fresh start to SA's top domestic competition, with newcomers the EP Kings taking on Western Province in the opening match in Port Elizabeth.

The official launch of the 2014 Currie Cup competition was hosted by the South African Rugby Union and the tournament sponsor on Wednesday at Jeppe High School for Boys in Johannesburg where the new format was explained and the 2014 marketing campaign revealed.

The Premier Division of the Currie Cup was expanded from six teams to eight following a decision by SARU's General Council in February.

This format ensures that the six anchor unions in South African rugby (the Blue Bulls, Sharks, Western Province, Free State Cheetahs, Golden Lions and the EP Kings) will be guaranteed their places in the Currie Cup Premier Division for the next two seasons.

First Division champions, the Pumas, meanwhile, gained entry into the Premier Division after winning the promotion-relegation matches against Griquas at the conclusion of last season, while Griquas booked their spot in a thrilling qualifying series which ended last weekend.

SARU CEO Jurie Roux was excited about the new competition format and said it would be beneficial for South African rugby, especially with the EP Kings featuring alongside the other core unions.

"The Eastern Cape region is a rugby stronghold in SA so it is fitting that they receive the opportunity to compete regularly with the other franchise unions," explained Roux.

"This will also assist the EP Kings in their preparation for their inclusion in Super Rugby in 2016, so we are excited to see what they have to offer.

"I have no doubt the tournament will continue to generate the excitement it has in the past with a tight race for semifinal places and a few upsets throughout the season."

  • Currie Cup Fixtures
Forthcoming Fixtures
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Currie Cup
Friday , October 3
Pumas vs Blue Bulls15:00
Sharks vs Lions19:10
Saturday , October 4
Cheetahs vs Western Province14:00
Griquas vs Eastern Province Kings15:00
Friday , October 10
Eastern Province Kings vs Pumas19:10
Saturday , October 11
Lions vs Cheetahs15:00
Western Province vs Sharks17:05
Blue Bulls vs Griquas19:10
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FixtureDetails
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Currie Cup
Saturday , September 27
Sharks 53 - 24 Eastern Province KingsSharks vs Eastern Province Kings Report
Griquas 8 - 46 LionsGriquas vs Lions Report
Friday , September 26
Cheetahs 22 - 31 Blue BullsCheetahs vs Blue Bulls Report
Pumas 23 - 37 Western ProvincePumas vs Western Province Report
Saturday , September 20
Eastern Province Kings 22 - 37 CheetahsEastern Province Kings vs Cheetahs Report
Western Province 36 - 12 GriquasWestern Province vs Griquas Report
Blue Bulls 15 - 26 SharksBlue Bulls vs Sharks Report
Friday , September 19
Lions 29 - 15 Pumas
Saturday , September 13
Griquas 31 - 27 Pumas
Cheetahs 30 - 30 Sharks
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Overall 2014
Currie Cup Table
PosTeamPPts
1Western Province834
2Golden Lions830
3Sharks825
4Cheetahs819
5Pumas819