Wed 25 Aug 2021 | 02:32

Champions Match: Another 'innovative concept' from SA Rugby

Champions Match: Another 'innovative concept' from SA Rugby
Wed 25 Aug 2021 | 02:32
Champions Match: Another 'innovative concept' from SA Rugby
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IN THE SPOTLIGHT: SA Rugby have once again joined forces with the sponsor of the Currie Cup with a first and historic “Champions Match” on November 6.

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The Champion Team, consisting of players selected by the fans from all seven Currie Cup teams, will go head-to-head against a strong opposition side, which will be confirmed closer to the fixture.

The match falls in the international window and a break in the United Rugby Championship so that players from the four franchises will also be available.

“This is a brilliant and innovative concept and will give supporters an unprecedented voice as they will ultimately pick the players for this combined team,” said Jurie Roux, CEO of SA Rugby.

“Due to the COVID pandemic, fans were not allowed to attend matches, but their voices were still heard in this era of digital connectivity, and the ‘Champions Match’ will take this up a notch.

“We’ve been involved from the get-go and we are in the process of procuring the opponent, which has unfortunately been complicated by the COVID pandemic. SA Rugby will also provide the coaching and medical teams for the Champion team.

“The Currie Cup is underpinned on the heritage of the competition, and an almost tribal passion that spans generations. I’m sure our most fervent rugby fans will enjoy getting involved on a level they’ve never experienced before.”

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Supporters of the Bulls, Sharks, Lions, Western Province, Cheetahs, Griquas and the Pumas can select the players they would like to see play for the Champions Team by voting on their mobile phones, on Facebook or the Currie Cup website.

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