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SAfrica's Currie Cup finally offers prize money

South Africa's Currie Cup finally offers prize money more than 120 years after inception

SAfrica's Currie Cup finally offers prize money

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) -- Nearly two decades into rugby's professional era and more than a century after it was first awarded, South Africa's Currie Cup will finally give prize money to its winners this weekend.

For the first time in its 121-year history, the victors in Saturday's title decider in the world's oldest domestic rugby competition will be rewarded with more than just a golden, jug-shaped trophy that is older than cricket's Ashes urn and the NHL's Stanley Cup.

Either the Cape Town-based Western Province or the Durban-based Sharks will collect $185,000, probably just a little more than $4,000 each when it is divided up, but still ending a time in South African rugby when the cup itself was the only reward for the national champions.

Updated : 2021-06-23 17:26 GMT+08:00