Falcons (rugby team)

The Falcons – better known by their Afrikaans name the Valke and now known as the Hino Valke for sponsorship reasons – are a South African rugby union team in Gauteng province that participates in the annual Currie Cup tournament.

Falcons
Valke Rugby Union logo.svg
Full nameFalcons / Valke
UnionFalcons Rugby Union
Emblem(s)Falcon
Founded1947
RegionEastern Gauteng
Ground(s)Barnard Stadium, Kempton Park (Capacity: 7,000)
Director of RugbyRudy Joubert
Coach(es)Rudy Joubert
Captain(s)Shane Kirkwood
League(s)Currie Cup First Division
2019Semi-Finalist
4th on log
Team kit
Official website
www.valke.co.za
Rugby football current event.svg Current season

Their home ground is Barnard Stadium in Kempton Park, to which they have returned in 2009.[1][2] The Falcons have operated from Bosman Stadium in Brakpan and Pam Brink Stadium in Springs. They occasionally still host matches at Bosman Stadium. The Falcons draw players from Ekurhuleni and other municipalities to the east and south of Johannesburg.

HistoryEdit

The Falcons Rugby Union was founded in 1947 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. It is one of only fourteen Provincial Unions in the country.

HonoursEdit

In 2006 the Falcons were the Vodacom Cup champions,[3] the first cup won in the history of the union.

Falcons Professional RugbyEdit

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 UnionEdit

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

Current squadEdit

The following players were included in the Falcons squad for the 2019 Currie Cup First Division:[4]

Falcons Currie Cup squad

Props

Hookers

Locks

Loose Forwards

Scrum-halves

Fly-halves

  •   Errol Jaggers
  •   Juandré Nel

Centres

Wingers

  •   Rodney Damons
  •   Don Mlondobozi
  •   Hardus Pretorius

Fullbacks

(c) Denotes team captain.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Falcons migrate again". Rugby365.com. 14 September 2008. Archived from the original on 16 June 2011.
  2. ^ "We can upset the Sharks". www.iol.co.za. 18 September 2008.
  3. ^ "Falcons soar over Wildebeest". iafrica.com. 21 May 2006. Archived from the original on 26 May 2011. Retrieved 23 March 2010.
  4. ^ "Squad: Valke". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 6 July 2019.

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