Currie Cup

Georgia to play Currie Cup First Division rugby, South American matches on the cards

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  • Georgia will be taking part in the Currie Cup First Division while Eastern Province have been bracketed to take part in either division.
  • The Currie Cup Premier Division is slated to start on 15 January while the First Division starts on 26 March.
  • A competition involving South American teams has also been proposed to SA Rugby.

Georgia will be playing in the Currie Cup First Division next year, while the Eastern Province Elephants have been bracketed to participate in both divisions.

This is according to a fixture document Sport24 has seen that also has the dates for the respective competitions.

The Currie Cup Premier Division, which will be an eight-team tournament if Eastern Province are part of it, will take place in the form of a double round tournament from 15 January to 25 June.

The promotion/relegation fixture still stands between the lowest-placed Premier Division team and the First Division side with the highest number of points, with the game being hosted by the First Division side.

With Georgia taking part in the Currie Cup, their participation rubberstamps reports that said Georgia and SA Rugby entered into a wide-ranging 11-year rugby partnership.

Georgia's Under-20s have been frequent opponents of their South African counterparts while South Africa and Georgia met in a Test earlier this year while their second engagement was cancelled because of a Covid-19 outbreak.

The document further explained that SA Rugby received presentations and an invitation from Super League America Rugby (SLAR) to participate in a competition featuring franchises and clubs from Argentina, Chile, Uruguay and Paraguay.

The document said the tournament will see two South American teams playing against the Cheetahs, Pumas and Griquas, and three other First Division teams.

Those games are slated to take place on the bye-weekends of those respective teams with the most recent SLAR championship playing against the Pumas, Griquas and Cheetahs.

The SLAR runner-up will play against the top three First Division teams, with those matches serving as warm-up games for the Currie Cup First Division that is slated to start on 26 March.

The document also said there was a proposal for four South African teams to take part in the latter stages of the SLAR tournament. 

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