Freedom Cup

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The Freedom Cup is a minor international rugby union trophy contested between South Africa and New Zealand, during the Tri Nations tournament and its successor, The Rugby Championship. It was first contested in 2004 (the 10 year anniversary of South African democracy), in a one-off test. The game, played at Ellis Park, Johannesburg was won 40-26 by South Africa. However, in the 2006 Tri Nations Series, it was contested in all three New Zealand - South Africa matches.

New Zealand won 2 of the matches (one home and one away) giving them the Freedom Cup for the first time, but during the post match presentation after the third game, won by South Africa, Supersport presenter Joost van der Westhuizen incorrectly presented the trophy to Springbok captain John Smit who accepted it in front of millions of television viewers. The mistake was later corrected, off-air.

Winners[edit]

Year Winner Matches won (winning team first)
2014
2013 New Zealand 2–0
2012 New Zealand 2–0
2011 New Zealand 1–1
2010 New Zealand 3–0
2009 South Africa 3–0
2008 New Zealand 2–1
2007 New Zealand 2–0
2006 New Zealand 2–1
2004 South Africa 1–0

Results[edit]

Year Date Venue Home Score Away Match

Winner

Trophy

Winner

2014 4 October Coca-Cola Park, Johannesburg, South Africa  South Africa  New Zealand
13 September Westpac Stadium, Wellington, New Zealand  New Zealand  South Africa
2013 5 October Coca-Cola Park, Johannesburg, South Africa  South Africa 27–38  New Zealand  New Zealand New Zealand
14 September Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand  New Zealand 29–15  South Africa  New Zealand
2012 6 October FNB Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa  South Africa 16–32  New Zealand  New Zealand New Zealand
15 September Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin, New Zealand  New Zealand 21–11  South Africa  New Zealand
2011 20 August Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth, South Africa  South Africa 18–5  New Zealand  South Africa New Zealand
30 July Westpac Stadium, Wellington, New Zealand  New Zealand 40–7  South Africa  New Zealand
2010 21 August FNB Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa  South Africa 22–29  New Zealand  New Zealand New Zealand
17 July Westpac Stadium, Wellington, New Zealand  New Zealand 31–17  South Africa  New Zealand
10 July Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand  New Zealand 32–12  South Africa  New Zealand
2009 12 September Waikato Stadium, Hamilton, New Zealand  New Zealand 29–32  South Africa  South Africa South Africa
1 August ABSA Stadium, Durban, South Africa  South Africa 31–19  New Zealand  South Africa
25 July Vodacom Park, Bloemfontein, South Africa  South Africa 28–19  New Zealand  South Africa
2008 16 August Newlands Stadium, Cape Town, South Africa  South Africa 0–19  New Zealand  New Zealand New Zealand
12 July Carisbrook, Dunedin, New Zealand  New Zealand 28–30  South Africa  South Africa
5 July Westpac Stadium, Wellington, New Zealand  New Zealand 19–8  South Africa  New Zealand
2007 14 July Jade Stadium, Christchurch, New Zealand  New Zealand 33–6  South Africa  New Zealand New Zealand
23 June ABSA Stadium, Durban, South Africa  South Africa 21–26  New Zealand  New Zealand
2006 2 September Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Rustenburg, South Africa  South Africa 21–20  New Zealand  South Africa New Zealand
26 August Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria, South Africa  South Africa 26–45  New Zealand  New Zealand
22 July Westpac Stadium, Wellington, New Zealand  New Zealand 35–17  South Africa  New Zealand
2004 14 August Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa  South Africa 40–26  New Zealand  South Africa South Africa

Records[edit]

Most titles won:

  1. New Zealand New Zealand - 7
  2. South Africa South Africa - 2

Longest time held by New Zealand: 4 years (2010-2013)

Longest time held by South Africa: 2 years (2004-2006)

See also[edit]

References[edit]