Falcons (rugby)

Falcons (rugby team)

The Falcons, or Valke in Afrikaans, are a South African rugby union team that participates in the annual Currie Cup and Vodacom Cup tournaments.

Their home ground is currently Bosman Stadium in Brakpan, but they will return to Barnard Stadium in Kempton Park in 2009. Other than Barnard Stadium, the Falcons have also operated out of Pam Brink Stadium in Springs. They draw players from Ekurhuleni and other municipalities to the east and south of Johannesburg.

History

The Falcons Rugby Union was originally founded in 1947, and was previously known as the Eastern Transvaal Rugby Football Union. After the 1995 World Cup, rugby was declared a professional sport in South Africa, after which the Eastern Transvaal Rugby Football Union merged with the Vaal Triangle Rugby Union to form the Gauteng Falcons Rugby Union and are one of only fourteen Provincial Unions in the country.

They have a proud history of rugby in Eastern Gauteng and have produced numerous quality players spanning a period of over 60 years.

In 2006 the Falcons were the Vodacom Cup Champions, the first Cup won in the history of the Union.

Falcons Professional Rugby

Falcons Rugby (Pty) Ltd is the arm responsible for the Falcons Brand and the operation of the Professional Rugby Team, which competes in two high profile competitions in South African Rugby:

Amateur Union

The Community Rugby arm, known historically as the Amateur Union, maintains the structure and development of the amateur Rugby set-up for the region, and includes:

  • 18 Clubs (aproximately 2,000 players)
  • 54 High Schools
  • 101 Primary Schools
  • 80 registered referees
  • and the structured development and transformation of Rugby in the region.

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