Get ready to be thrilled with the new generations stars that will emerge in this year’s ABSA Currie Cup.
The Currie Cup start this Friday evening in Port Elizabeth when the EP Kings will host DHL Western Province in the first game of the year.
With almost all of the Springboks that will not be able to play any or no part in the competition, we will be able to take note of the young talent that will be on display. A host of Junior Springboks will take their first steps into senior rugby and will have to prove they are ready for Super Rugby.
These youngsters will become the household names in the years to come and this make out to be a very exciting Currie Cup of 2014.
SARU CEO Jurie Roux expect then to step up and shine, “We have already seen a number of these players making the step up to Vodacom Super Rugby in the last month.”
“Here I’m thinking of younger players such as Thomas du Toit, Marvin Orie, Nicolaas Janse van Rensburg, Seabelo Senatla and Jesse Kriel, who all made their Super Rugby debuts in July. “ There will be more where they came from and that bodes well for South African rugby, because it’s in the Absa Currie Cup where our players are groomed for higher honours.”
Roux also explained SARU request to the provinces concerning the contracted Springboks, “The Springboks are our first priority and the provinces have been very supportive, which we’re very thankful for.
They breed our Springboks and it will be up to them to bring the next generation through,” said Roux. “While it’s impossible to put a blanket ban across all contracted Springboks to play for their provinces, the players utilised in the Castle Lager Rugby Championship will be managed on an individual basis as the necessity arises. Most of them won’t play any part in the Currie Cup, though.”
The Cell C Sharks will kick off the defence of the Absa Currie Cup against GWK Griquas in Kimberley on Saturday, 9 August.
Other first round matches will see the Juskei Derby between the Xerox Golden Lions and the Vodacom Blue Bulls in Johannesburg, while the Steval Pumas will host the Toyota Free State Cheetahs in Nelspruit. The semi-finals are scheduled for 18 October and the final will be played a week later, on Saturday 25 October.