JOHANNESBURG - Some of South African rugby’s most prominent Currie Cup stars have given the new-look competition the big thumbs up ahead of the 2018 kick-off this weekend.
The oldest domestic rugby competition in the world will be played over just one round by seven teams in a tight fixture-list. Players who attended the launch of the competition in Randburg on Tuesday expressed their excitement that there would no longer be room for any slip-ups.
Springbok fullback Andries Coetzee, who will be one of the Lions’ key players in the coming weeks, said the shorter version of the competition would keep fans engaged from the start. “I’m excited for it ... it will keep the fans involved in the competition. They know they can’t wait for the second round. It’s going to be on from the get-go, so I think it’s the perfect platform,” said Coetzee.
Western Province centre EW Viljoen, whose team are chasing back to back title wins, said he didn’t quite know what to expect of the shortened format, but was nevertheless excited. “Every game is going to be tough. There’s no room for slip-ups ... you can’t afford any hiccups, otherwise you’re going to have to win games with bonus points later on to maybe just make the playoffs.”
Sharks and Springbok flier S’bu Nkosi, who is recovering from an injury at the moment, also voiced his excitement at the one-round competition, which will be contested over just eight weekends.