Leopards (rugby team)

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Leopards
Leopards (rugby team) logo.gif
Full name Leopards
Union Leopards Rugby Union
Founded 1920
Region North West Province
Ground(s) Olën Park, Potchefstroom (Capacity: 22,000)
Coach(es) Robert du Preez
(Currie Cup)
Chaka Willemse
(Vodacom Cup)
League(s) Currie Cup and Vodacom Cup
2013 Currie Cup First Division 3rd
(Lost in semi-finals)
Official website
www.leopardsrugby.com
Rugby current event.svg Current season

The Leopards are a South African rugby union team that participates in the annual Currie Cup tournament, currently playing in the First Division. Their home ground is Olën Park in Potchefstroom. They draw all their players from the North West Province.

The union was formed in 1920 and the team was originally called Western Transvaal.[1]

For most of their history they've played in the second tier of the Currie Cup, but they were promoted to the Premier Division for the 2009 season after defeating the Falcons in a promotion-relegation playoff in October 2008. They remained in the Premier Division of the Currie Cup until the end of 2011 season after beating the SWD Eagles from the Southern Cape in promotion/relegation matches at the end of 2009 and 2010. However, the decision of Saru to reduce the number of teams in the Premier Division of the Currie Cup as from 2012, saw the Leopards moving down to the First Division.

They became the first black-owned rugby team in South Africa, after securing sponsorship from Royal Bafokeng Sports Holdings in October 2007.[2]

André May was elected as the new president of the Union on the 29 April 2010 and was re-elected unopposed for a third two year term during November 2013. May is a former player of Western Transvaal with 75 matches for the Union. The CEO is Louis du Plessis who replaced Eugene Hare, who is also the most capped player in the history of the Union.

The North West Leopards, previously known as Western Transvaal, average crowds of 11,000 at home Currie Cup games in Potchefstroom and Rustenburg. Their traditional rivals are the Blue Bulls, the Golden Lions, the Pumas, the Griffons and the Falcons.

Current squad[edit]

First team[edit]

The following players were named in the Leopards' squad for the 2014 Currie Cup qualification tournament:[3]

Props

Hookers

Locks

 

Loose Forwards

Scrum-halves

Fly-halves

 

Centres

Wingers

Fullbacks

1 indicates players that are involved in the 2014 Super Rugby season with the Lions.

Vodacom Cup team[edit]

In addition, the following players were included in the Leopards XV squad for the 2014 Vodacom Cup:[4]

Props

Hookers

Locks

 

Loose Forwards

Scrum-halves

 

Centres

Wingers

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Leopards". sarugby.net. Retrieved 13 February 2013. 
  2. ^ "Leopards become first black-owned rugby franchise in SA". Mail & Guardian Online. 2007-10-30. Retrieved 2010-11-22. 
  3. ^ "2014 Leopards Currie Cup qualification squad". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 22 May 2014. 
  4. ^ "2014 Leopards Vodacom Cup season". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 3 March 2014. 
  5. ^ "Boland sif deur aansoeke vir pos". Media24 (in Afrikaans). Beeld. 1 October 2013. Retrieved 1 October 2013. 
  6. ^ "Luiperds op Klerksdorp en Leeudoringstad" (in Afrikaans). SupaRugby. 13 January 2014. Retrieved 13 January 2014. 
  7. ^ "Rovers-galore op Olënpark" (in Afrikaans). SupaRugby. 23 May 2014. Retrieved 26 May 2014. 
  8. ^ "Petoors op pad terug Luiperds toe" (in Afrikaans). SupaRugby. 2 May 2014. Retrieved 26 May 2014. 
  9. ^ "Van der Watt ook 'n Luiperd" (in Afrikaans). SupaRugby. 26 May 2014. Retrieved 26 May 2014. 
  10. ^ a b Stander, Andrè (24 October 2013). "SWD-Arende beplan al vir 2014". Media24 (in Afrikaans). Die Burger. Retrieved 24 October 2013. 
  11. ^ a b c "Bothma draf weer vir Pumas uit". Media24 (in Afrikaans). Beeld. 28 August 2013. Retrieved 29 August 2013. 
  12. ^ "Luiperds se Meel op 12" (in Afirkaans). SupaRugby. 4 September 2013. Retrieved 4 September 2013. 
  13. ^ "Snyman bly Luiperd-kaptein" (in Afrikaans). SupaRugby. 1 October 2013. Retrieved 1 October 2013. 
  14. ^ "Boland gaps 2 Luiperds". Media24 (in Afrikaans). Beeld. 4 November 2013. Retrieved 4 November 2013. 
  15. ^ "NB! Leeus teken MB en Franco". SupaRugby (in Afrikaans). 15 September 2013. Retrieved 15 September 2013. 

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