The South Western Districts Eagles are a South African rugby union team that participates in the annual Currie Cup and Vodacom Cup tournament. They represent the Southern Cape (Garden Route & Klein Karoo regions) and play out of Outeniqua Park in George.

SWD Eagles
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Full nameSouth Western Districts Eagles
UnionSouth Western Districts Rugby Union
Emblem(s)Eagle
Founded1899
RegionEastern part of Western Cape, South Africa
Ground(s)Outeniqua Park (Capacity: 7,500)
Coach(es)Rynhardt van As
Captain(s)Jacques Vermaak
League(s)Currie Cup First Division
2019Finals:DNQ
7th on log
Team kit
2nd kit
Official website
www.swdarende.co.za
Rugby football current event.svg Current season

HistoryEdit

The South Western Districts Rugby Football Union was established in 1899. Initially, home matches were held in Mossel Bay, Oudtshoorn and George, but in 1996, the SWDRFU made Outeniqua Park in George its home base.

They have never won the Currie Cup, but they did win the Bankfin Cup in 2002 and the Currie Cup First Division in 2007 and 2018 Currie Cup First Division.[1] They also reached the semi-finals of the Currie Cup in their centenary season in 1999 under Heyneke Meyer.

SevensEdit

The SWDRFU also hosted the South Africa Sevens leg of the IRB Sevens World Series for several seasons at Outeniqua Park. In 2012, they also launched the 7s Premier League tournament in 2012 held at the same venue.

Current squadEdit

The following players were included in the SWD Eagles squad for the 2019 Currie Cup First Division:[2]

SWD Eagles Currie Cup squad

Props

  •   Dewald Dekker
  •   Juandre Digue
  •   Kayden Kiewit
  •   Lwando Mabenge

Hookers

  •   Franco Botha
  •   Xavier Scholtz
  •   Reinhardt Stears

Locks

Loose Forwards

Scrum-halves

  •   Dillin Snel
  •   Ryan van der Westhuizen

Fly-halves

Centres

  •   Francois Pieters
  •   Shario Rosenkrantz
  •   Curtley Scheepers
  •   Marquit September

Wingers

Fullbacks

  •   Shane Ball
  •   Mbembe Payi
  •   Keanin Esau
(c) Denotes team captain.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "SWD clinch Currie Cup First Division title" (Press release). South Africa Rugby Union. 19 October 2018. Retrieved 25 October 2018.
  2. ^ "Squad: SWD". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 21 July 2019.

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