Falcons (rugby team)

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Falcons
Falcons Rugby Logo 2006.jpg
Full name Falcons / Valke
Union Falcons Rugby Union
Founded 1947
Region Eastern Gauteng
Ground(s) Barnard Stadium, Kempton Park (Capacity: 7,000)
Coach(es) Johan du Toit
Captain(s) JP Mostert
League(s) Currie Cup and Vodacom Cup
2013 Currie Cup First Division 8th
Official website
www.valke.co.za
Rugby current event.svg Current season

The Falcons, or Valke in Afrikaans, are a South African rugby union team in Gauteng province that participates in the annual Currie Cup and Vodacom Cup tournaments.

Their home ground is currently Barnard Stadium in Kempton Park, to which they have returned in 2009.[1][2] The Falcons have operated out of both Bosman Stadium in Brakpan and Pam Brink Stadium in Springs. They occasionally still host matches at Bosman Stadium. The Falcons draw players from Ekurhuleni and other municipalities to the east and south of Johannesburg.

History[edit]

The Falcons Rugby Union was originally founded in 1947, and was previously known as the Eastern Transvaal Rugby Football Union. After the 1995 World Cup, rugby was declared a professional sport in South Africa, after which the Eastern Transvaal Rugby Football Union merged with the Vaal Triangle Rugby Union to form the Gauteng Falcons Rugby Union and are one of only fourteen Provincial Unions in the country.

They have a proud history of rugby in Eastern Gauteng and have produced numerous quality players spanning a period of over 60 years.

In 2006 the Falcons were the Vodacom Cup Champions,[3] the first Cup won in the history of the Union.

Falcons Professional Rugby[edit]

Falcons Rugby (Pty) Ltd is the arm responsible for the Falcons Brand and the operation of the Professional Rugby Team, which competes in two high profile competitions in South African Rugby:

Amateur Union[edit]

The Community Rugby arm, known historically as the Amateur Union, maintains the structure and development of the amateur Rugby set-up for the region, and includes:

  • 18 Clubs (approximately 2,000 players)
  • 54 High Schools
  • 101 Primary Schools
  • 80 registered referees
  • and the structured development and transformation of Rugby in the region.

Current squad[edit]

First team[edit]

The following players were named in the Falcons' squad for the 2014 Currie Cup qualification tournament:[4]

Props

Hookers

Locks

 

Loose Forwards

Scrum-halves

Fly-halves

 

Centres

Wingers

Fullbacks

Vodacom Cup team[edit]

In addition, the following players were included in the Falcons squad for the 2014 Vodacom Cup:[5]

Props

Hookers

 

Locks

Loose Forwards

 

Fly-halves

  • South Africa Gabriel du Toit

Fullbacks

Notable players[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Falcons migrate again". Rugby365.com. 2008-09-14. 
  2. ^ "We can upset the Sharks". www.iol.co.za. 2008-09-18. 
  3. ^ "Falcons soar over Wildebeest". iafrica.com. 2006-05-21. 
  4. ^ "2014 Falcons Currie Cup qualification squad". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 27 May 2014. 
  5. ^ "2014 Falcons Vodacom Cup season". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 27 May 2014. 
  6. ^ a b "Extravaganza by Valke" (in Afrikaans). SupaRugby. 24 January 2014. Retrieved 24 January 2014. 
  7. ^ "The time is now for Pirates". SupaRugby. 18 November 2013. Retrieved 19 November 2013. 

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