Western Province (rugby team)

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DHL Western Province
Logo Western Province Rugby.svg
Full name Western Province
Union Western Province Rugby Football Union
Nickname(s) Province, Die Streeptruie and WP
Emblem(s) Disa Flower
Founded 1883
Location Cape Town, South Africa
Region Western Cape, South Africa
Ground(s) Newlands (Capacity: 50,900)
Director of Rugby Gert Smal
Coach(es) Allister Coetzee (Currie Cup)
John Dobson (Vodacom Cup)
Captain(s) Deon Fourie
League(s) Currie Cup and Vodacom Cup
2013 Currie Cup Premier Division 1st
(Losing Finalists)
Team kit
Official website
www.wprugby.com
Rugby current event.svg Current season

DHL Western Province is a South African rugby union team, based in Newlands, Cape Town, that participates in the annual Currie Cup and Vodacom Cup tournaments. Founded in 1883, the team has won multiple titles, a record of 33 Currie Cup titles including the inaugural competition, the Vodacom Cup, the Absa Nite Series, and the Lion Cup. The club has the most supporters of any Currie Cup team.

The Club is nicknamed Die Streeptruie ("The Striped Jerseys" in Afrikaans) in reference to their legendary blue and white hooped jerseys. These Striped Jerseys were the colours of Malmesbury Rugby Football Club, established in 1881. They are also known simply as "Province" by all South African rugby lovers, while Afrikaans-speaking supporters also refer to the team by its abbreviation, W.P. (pronounced: "vee pee"["ee" as in "beer"]).

Western Province were the 2012 Vodacom Cup Champions, having defeated the Griquas in 2012 by 20 points to 18. They also are the 2012 Currie cup champions, having defeated the Sharks 25-18 in the final. Western Province is the only South African Team besides the Blue Bulls to have appeared in every final of every competition in South African rugby: the Vodacom Cup, the Lion Cup, the Absa Nite Series, the Currie Cup and the Super Rugby Competitions (as the DHL Stormers).

Another accomplishment of Western Province, which no South African team has ever been able to match is the double victories over the All Blacks the first being (10-3) played on the 15th of August 1928 and again (12-11) on 16 July 1976, whilst several countries have never been able to beat the All Black team, Province managed this feat. In 2010 province again did a remarkable victory over all of New Zealand's five super unions, this was the first and only time such an accomplishment has been achieved. Province has also beaten the Wallabies 17-6 in a thrilling encounter in 1963. Province has also drawn to other countries including England in 1984 with a score of 15 all, however province has beaten the British and Irish Lions numerous times, including three times in 1903 and won another match in 1924, the match then had been regarded as "test" status. The only two teams to have beaten overseas countries as well as combination teams (Lions) are yet again the Blue Bulls and Western Province. Province was literally unstoppable by any other opposition in the 1980s except for Northern Transvaal. amongst the ten Currie Cup trophies in the 1980s 5 went to Province 4 went to Northern Transvaal and 1 was shared, this shows the dominance between the two teams and the constant intense rivalry between the unions.

Since 1983 Western Province has been sponsored by Adidas, in 2013 this will mark the 30th Anniversary of the sponsorship and the 130th anniversary of the team itself. In 1983 Province launched their centenary jersey of which 50 only ever came into existence, but this is not the rarest province top, the rarest being a complete maroon kit of which only 15 were ever made, this team played under the WP Presidents XV. The maroon jersey along with the centenary jersey as well as the original Stormers orange tops are the three most sought after Province and or Stormers tops.

Team sponsor DHL has officially renewed their sponsorship with Western Province until 2016, following an emphatic 2012 season.

Western Province currently combines with Boland Cavaliers to compete as the DHL Stormers in the Super Rugby competition.

History[edit]

The club was established in 1883. The club claimed their first Currie Cup title in 1889; they repeated this success just three years later, winning the title again in 1892. Western Province continued to dominate the Currie Cup throughout the 1890s, winning the competition in 1894, 1895, 1897 and 1898. This success continued into the early 1900s, as they won in 1904, 1906 and 1908. The competition still being contested irregularly at this stage, was next won by the Western Province in 1914. They won a further seven times over the next two decades – four times in the 1920s and again three times in the 1930s, sharing two with Border. When the first Currie Cup championship was introduced in 1939, Western Province featured in the final, but lost to Transvaal 17–6 in Cape Town.

After losing the final in 1946 to Northern Transvaal, Western Province won their first final in 1947. The Currie Cup became an annual competition in 1969 and Western Province made it to the final that year, though they lost to Northern Transvaal. The team had to wait another seven seasons before making another final appearance, which they lost against the Orange Free State (recently renamed as the Free State Cheetahs) in Bloemfontein. Three years later they won the Currie Cup, sharing with Northern Transvaal at Newlands Stadium in Cape Town. The next year Province again lost in the final to Northern Transvaal. Northern Transvaal became Western Province's biggest rival during this time. During South Africa's sporting isolation (brought about as a result of the country's apartheid policy) this rivalry took centre stage and became the climax of the Currie Cup season. The teams met in another six championship finals until the 1990s. In the 1980s Western Province experienced what many described as their "golden years", winning the title outright for five years in a row. This feat is yet to be equaled. (Northern Transvaal had achieved this before but their third victory in the winning streak was shared with Western Province) After drawing 16 all with Northern Transvaal in the 1989 final, their next final appearance would be in 1995, when they were defeated by the Natal Sharks in Durban. They won the Currie Cup in 1997, defeating the Free State Cheetahs, but the following season they lost to the Blue Bulls (Northern Transvaal). Western Province won the championship twice in 2000 and 2001, defeating the Sharks on both occasions. 2010 saw the return of the club as they managed to make both the Super Rugby and Currie Cup finals losing on both occasions. In 2012 the club beat the Sharks in Durban, winning the Currie Cup and ending an 11 year trophy drought.

Team Sponsors[edit]

  • 1995–98 Norwich
  • 1999–2002 Fedsure
  • 2003–05 Investec
  • 2006–10 Vodacom
  • 2011- DHL

Clothing Sponsors[edit]

  • 1970–82 Maxmore
  • 1983-Adidas

Name[edit]

The Name of the club comes simply from the province they compete. however,In the 1990s many teams changed their names as a result of pressure by the new ANC government. Previously many teams were named after the provinces they were based in and seeing as these provinces no longer existed, the names were no longer valid. Some teams simply added some form of animal or mascot name (e.g. Boland became the Boland Cavaliers) whereas others had to change their entire name. Transvaal for example had to change their name to the Golden Lions. Northern Transvaal were also renamed the Blue Bulls although this was less of a problem for their supporters as this had been the team's nickname for many years. Western Province is the only union that has never changed its name or added anything to it.

Stadium[edit]

A Stormers match at Newlands.
Main article: Newlands Stadium

The Western Province Rugby Football Union is based at Newlands Stadium. Newlands is commonly referred to as the home of South African rugby. The first official matches played at Newlands were in 1890. The ground has been continually developed over the past century, entirely due to the efforts of the Western Province Rugby Football Union and its administrators. Since the advent of professional rugby, the stadium has taken on various names due to sponsorship of the Western Province side, but is today simply named Newlands, a decision made by former sponsors Investec. Vodacom has since taken over sponsorship of the team and stadium, but chose not to rename the stadium. This decision proved very popular among the faithful supporters who deeply respect the traditions associated with W.P. rugby and Newlands itself. Newlands normally draws the largest average crowds of any stadium in the Super Rugby competition. In 2002 the Stormers welcomed their millionth spectator through the gates. The ground was bought in 1888, and currently has a capacity of 50,900. Currently Western Province have one of the highest supporter bases in South Africa, with the Stormers averaging crowds of 45,000 at home Super rugby games and Western Province averaging crowds of 31,000 in the Currie Cup competition.

Major honours[edit]

Absa Nite Series (1) 1997

ABSA Woman's Cup (1) 2010 A.R. Abass Trophy (1) 2001 All Blacks victory (2) 1928,1976[1]

Australia Victory (1) 1963

Boards Trophy (7) 1954, 1976. 1979.1980,1982,1983,1984

Currie Cup (33) (4 Shared): 1889, 1892, 1894, 1895, 1897, 1898, 1904, 1906, 1908, 1914, 1920, 1925, 1927, 1929, 1932 (shared), 1934 (shared), 1936, 1947, 1954, 1959, 1964, 1966, 1979 (shared), 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1989 (shared), 1997, 2000, 2001, 2012.

Currie Cup Runners up (10) 1939 1946 1950 1969 1976 1980 1988 1995 1998 2010 Lion Cup (3) 1984, 1988, 1989.

Lions Tests (4) 1903 (3) 1924

Neo Africa Tri Series (2) 2010, 2011 Nissan Tries Trophy (1) 1983

P.R Frames Trophy (2) 1983, 1984

Provincial 7's trophy (4) 1983,1984, 1990, 2010 South African Super Rugby Conference Winners (2) 2011, 2012 Vodacom Cup (1) 2012 W.V. Simpkins Trophy (2) 1990, 2001

Other honours[edit]

  • This area is under construction as province has won these trophies more than once

ABSA U19 Cup (2) 2010, 2012 ABSA U21 Cup (1) 2010 Amateur Cup (1) 2010 Choice Cup (1) 2011 Craven Week u13 (1) 2010 Grant Khomo Week (1) 2010 LSEN Week (1) 2010 SARU Sub Union Tournament (1) 2010

Current squad[edit]

First team[edit]

The following players are contracted to Western Province and part of the Stormers squad for the 2014 Super Rugby season:

Props

Hookers

Locks

 

Loose Forwards

Scrum-halves

Fly-halves

 

Centres

Wingers

Fullbacks

(c) Denotes team captain.

Vodacom Cup team[edit]

In addition, the following players were included in the Western Province squad for the 2014 Vodacom Cup:[2]

Props

Hookers

Locks

 

Loose Forwards

Scrum-halves

Fly-halves

 

Centres

Wingers

Fullbacks

Finals results[edit]

Currie Cup[edit]

Season Winners Score Runner-up Venue
1889 Western Province n/a n/a n/a
1892 Western Province n/a n/a n/a
1894 Western Province n/a n/a n/a
1895 Western Province n/a n/a n/a
1897 Western Province n/a n/a n/a
1898 Western Province n/a n/a n/a
1904 Western Province n/a n/a n/a
1906 Western Province n/a n/a n/a
1908 Western Province n/a n/a n/a
1914 Western Province n/a n/a n/a
1920 Western Province n/a n/a n/a
1925 Western Province n/a n/a n/a
1927 Western Province n/a n/a n/a
1929 Western Province n/a n/a n/a
1932 Border/Western Province n/a n/a n/a
1934 Border/Western Province n/a n/a n/a
1936 Western Province n/a n/a n/a
1939 Transvaal1 17–6 Western Province Newlands, Cape Town
1946 Northern Transvaal 11–9 Western Province Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
1947 Western Province 16–12 Transvaal Newlands, Cape Town
1950 Transvaal 22–11 Western Province Ellis Park, Johannesburg
1954 Western Province 11–8 Northern Transvaal Newlands, Cape Town
1957/592 Western Province n/a n/a n/a
1969 Northern Transvaal 28–13 Western Province Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
1976 Orange Free State 33–16 Western Province Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein
1979 Western Province 15–15 Northern Transvaal Newlands, Cape Town
1980 Northern Transvaal 39–9 Western Province Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
1982 Western Province 24–7 Northern Transvaal Newlands, Cape Town
1983 Western Province 9–3 Northern Transvaal Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
1984 Western Province 19–9 Natal Sharks Newlands, Cape Town
1985 Western Province 22–15 Northern Transvaal Newlands, Cape Town
1986 Western Province 22–9 Transvaal Newlands, Cape Town
1988 Northern Transvaal 19–18 Western Province Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
1989 Northern Transvaal 16–16 Western Province Newlands, Cape Town
1995 Natal Sharks 25–17 Western Province Kings Park, Durban
1997 Western Province 14–12 Free State Cheetahs3 Newlands, Cape Town
1998 Blue Bulls4 24–20 Western Province Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
2000 Western Province 25–15 Natal Sharks ABSA Stadium, Durban
2001 Western Province 29–24 Natal Sharks Newlands, Cape Town
2010 Natal Sharks 30–10 Western Province ABSA Stadium, Durban
2012 Western Province 25-18 Natal Sharks ABSA Stadium, Durban

Notes[edit]

1 Transvaal are now known as the Golden Lions.
2 Contested over two seasons.
3 Orange Free State were renamed the Free State Cheetahs.
4 Northern Transvaal were renamed the Blue Bulls.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "17 July 1976 - Western Province 12 / All Blacks 11". The McLook rugby collection. Retrieved 27 November 2012. 
  2. ^ "2014 Western Province Vodacom Cup season". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 3 March 2014. 

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