Cheers! The Currie Cup has a new title sponsor – and matches on Boxing Day

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The Currie Cup has a new title sponsor. And there’ll be rugby on Boxing Day this year.

The world’s oldest provincial rugby competition on Tuesday was officially renamed the Carling Currie Cup for the next three seasons.

MATCHES TO BE PLAYED ON BOXING DAY

The Carling Currie Cup will officially kick off on the weekend of November 27/28, culminating in the final on Saturday, January 23, 2021.

All log points from the ongoing Super Rugby Unlocked will be carried over to the Carling Currie Cup.

The Cheetahs will defend the crown they won in the 2019 final against the Lions, as well as the Bulls, Griquas, Pumas, Sharks and Western Province.

SA Rugby and South African Breweries (SAB) announced on Tuesday that they had struck a deal in which the award-winning Carling Black Label Beer assumes the naming rights to rugby’s biggest domestic prize – marking Carling Black Label’s debut in rugby, although the partnership between SA Rugby and SAB stretches back close to three decades.

“SAB has been a loyal partner to SA Rugby dating back to the days before rugby turned professional, so it gives me great pleasure to build on our association with them.

“This marks Carling Black Label’s first rugby sponsorship, and we are thrilled to have such a well-established and successful brand associated with the Currie Cup, which is a competition that prides itself on its rich heritage.

“This is a fine fit because just as Carling Black Label is the beer of champions, winning the Currie Cup competition remains one of the biggest achievements in South African rugby. This association also resonates with the camaraderie in the sport and amongst SA’s die-hard rugby fans.”

SA Rugby CEO Jurie Roux

Fixtures for the 2020/21 Carling Currie Cup:

Friday, November 27

Sharks v Pumas, Durban – 19:00

Saturday, November 28

Griquas v Lions, Kimberley – 16:30

Western Province v Bulls, Newlands – 19:00

Friday, December 4

Pumas v Griquas, Nelspruit – 19:00

Saturday, December 5

Bulls v Cheetahs, Pretoria – 16:30

Lions v Western Province, Johannesburg – 19:00

Friday, December 11

Western Province v Pumas, Cape Town – 19:00

Saturday, December 12

Cheetahs v Lions, Bloemfontein – 16:30

Sharks v Bulls, Durban – 19:00

Friday, December 18

Pumas v Cheetahs, Nelspruit – 19:00

Saturday, December 19

Griquas v Bulls, Kimberley – 16:30

Lions v Sharks, Johannesburg – 19:00

Saturday, December 26

Western Province v Griquas, Cape Town – 16:30

Bulls v Lions, Pretoria – 19:00

Sunday, December 27

Cheetahs v Sharks, Bloemfontein – 16:30

Saturday, January 2

Pumas v Lions, Nelspruit – 14:00

Sharks v Griquas, Durban – 16:30

Cheetahs v Western Province, Bloemfontein – 19:00

Friday, January 8

Pumas v Bulls, Nelspruit – 19:00

Saturday, January 9

Griquas v Cheetahs, Kimberley – 16:30

Western Province v Sharks, Cape Town – 19:00

Saturday, January 16

Semi-finals

Saturday, January 23

Final

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