Griffons (rugby team)
|Union||Griffons Rugby Union|
|Region||Part of the Free State Province, South Africa|
|Ground(s)||North West Stadium (Capacity: 17,000)|
|League(s)||Currie Cup and Vodacom Cup|
|2012 Currie Cup First Division||3rd
Lost in Semi-Final
The Northern Free State Griffons (known as the Down Touch Griffons for sponsorship reasons) are a South African rugby union team that participates in the annual Currie Cup and Vodacom Cup tournaments. They play out of Welkom at North West Stadium, and draw players from roughly the eastern third of Free State Province (the remainder of the province comprises the territory of the Free State Cheetahs).
The team currently plays in the First Division of the Currie Cup, attracting crowds of around 4,000 to home games in at North West Stadium in Welkom. Their traditional rivals are the Free State Cheetahs and North West Province Leopards.
The Griffons rugby union was formed in 1968 when the late Dr Danie Craven, the president of SA rugby, had a vision to try and spread the game to rural areas in South Africa. The Griffons were one of four new provinces formed, originally known as Northern Free State (or Noord Vrystaat in Afrikaans).
In 1996, with the start of professional rugby, the then South African rugby football union, under Louis Luyt, decided to re-divide the unions to have only 14 provinces in South Africa, with Northern Free State being one. The Eastern Free State province was incorporated into Northern Free State. In 1999, Northern Free State changed their name to the Griffons.
The current players for the Griffons are:
In for 2013 Vodacom Cup season 
Out for 2013 Vodacom Cup season 
Out for 2013 Currie Cup season 
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- Bester, André (13 February 2013). "Strydom begin vir Griffons". SupaRugby (in Afrikaans). Retrieved 13 February 2013.
- Bester, André (30 January 2013). "Twee junior sterre by Griffons". SupaRugby (in Afrikaans). Retrieved 30 January 2013.
- "Strydom kom terug huis toe" (in Afrikaans). SupaRugby. 29 Oct 2012. Retrieved 29 Oct 2012.
- "Strydom terug by Griffons ná draai in Baai" (in Afrikaans). Volksblad. 30 Oct 2012. Retrieved 30 Oct 2012.
- "Shimla word Bolander". Beeld. Media24. 8 May 2013. Retrieved 8 May 2013.
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