Griquas (rugby)

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GWK Griquas
Griquas logo.png
Full name GWK Griquas
Union Griqualand West Rugby Union
Founded 1886
Region Northern Cape Province, South Africa
Ground(s) GWK Park
Coach(es) Hawies Fourie (Currie Cup)
Peter Engledow (Vodacom Cup)
Captain(s) Ryno Barnes
League(s) Currie Cup and Vodacom Cup
2013 Currie Cup Premier Division 6th
Team kit
Official website
www.griquasrugby.co.za
Rugby current event.svg Current season

The GWK Griquas are a South African rugby union team that participates in the annual Currie Cup tournament. Their home ground is Hoffe Park Stadium, known for sponsorship reasons as GWK Park in Kimberley, and they draw their players mostly from Northern Cape Province. They were previously known as Griqualand West. They have won the Currie Cup three times, and the Vodacom Cup five times.

History[edit]

The rugby team was established in 1886 in the former British colony of Griqualand West. Five years later, during the 1891 British Lions tour to South Africa, Griqualand West played the British in Kimberley, and although they lost three points to nil, the British presented them with the Currie Cup - as they thought that Griqualand West produced the best performance out of the provincial games on their tour. The Currie Cup became South Africa's domestic prize, and Griqualand West first won it in 1899. Griqualand West subsequently won the Currie Cup in 1911. After the introduction of official annual championships in 1969, Griqualand West won the final the next season, defeating Northern Transvaal 11 points to 9, to claim their third title. Since then Griquas have not won the Currie Cup.

The majority of Griqualand West supporters hail from the Northern Cape province, most notably in and around Kimberley where the team plays their home games. Griquas average around 12,000 at Currie Cup games played at GWK Park. Playing in turquoise, they are sometimes called the Peacock Blues. GWK Park in Kimberley, like most grounds in Central South Africa, has a very hard playing surface and the locals usually get behind their team, making it one of the least favourite destinations for visiting teams in the country.

Current squad[edit]

First team[edit]

The following players were named in the Griquas squad for the 2014 Currie Cup qualification tournament:[1]

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 Griquas squad for the 2014 Vodacom Cup:[2]

Props

  • South Africa Nicolaas Steyn

Hookers

Locks

  • South Africa Griffith van Wyk
 

Loose Forwards

Scrum-halves

  • South Africa Zane le Roux

Fly-halves

  • South Africa Wentzel Matthys
 

Centres

Wingers

Finals results[edit]

Currie Cup[edit]

Season Winners Score Runner-up Venue
18991 Griqualand West n/a n/a n/a
1911 Griqualand West n/a n/a n/a
1970 Griqualand West 11 - 9 Northern Transvaal De Beers, Kimberley

Notes[edit]

1 Western Province and Transvaal did not compete.

Vodacom Cup[edit]

Season Winners Score Runner-up Venue
1998 Griquas 33 - 29 Blue Bulls Kimberley
2005 Griquas 27 - 25 Leopards Kimberley
2007 Griquas 57 - 0 Golden Lions Kimberley
2009 Griquas 28 - 19 Blue Bulls Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
2014 Griquas 30 - 6 Golden Lions GWK Park, Kimberley

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2014 Griquas Currie Cup qualification squad". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 23 May 2014. 
  2. ^ "2014 Griquas Vodacom Cup season". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 26 February 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c "Hawies verbeter GW se diepte" (in Afrikaans). Beeld. 21 May 2014. Retrieved 21 May 2014. 
  4. ^ Karstens, Gerdie (24 April 2014). "Griekwas lok nr. 9 van Blou Bulle". Beeld. Retrieved 24 April 2014.