On the Saturday we enjoyed the Currie Cup rugby final on my little
portable radio – our own Western Province against the Lions from
Gauteng. And what a battle! In that final minute, frayed nerves had
everyone holding on to their glasses (and I don’t mean spectacles!)
for dear life!
Thank goodness, things went our way and the coveted Curry Cup will
spend the next year in the shadow of Table Mountain. The cup dates
from almost the very beginning of international rugby. It came to
South Africa in 1891 with the first touring team from the British
Isles. Its donor, Sir Donald Currie, owner of the famous
Union-Castle Line, asked the British players to present the cup to
the local team providing them the most spirited opposition. The
very next year it became the floating trophy of South Africa’s
annual provincial competition. And the winners in the inaugural
year? Yes, you’ve guessed it: Western Province, of course!
Extracted from Cellar Master, Martin Moores monthly newsletter from
Durbanville Hills Wines – http://www.durbanvillehills.co.za
Ed: The Curry Cup is the oldest Rugby Championship in the World.
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