The 2023 Currie Cup Premier Division will be expanded as part of SA Rugby's newly planned tournament structure for their domestic rugby season in 2023.
Last year's First Division champions, the Griffons, will thus be included in the Premier Division, which will now consist of eight teams that will compete against one another over two rounds of games.
Currently, South African teams—the Sharks, Bulls, Storm, and Lions are playing in the URC, which will finish on May 27 with the final,
The Currie Cup Premier Division's first round of fixtures will take place on March 10 and 11, and the final will be held on June 24. Don’t miss the 2023 Currie Cup rugby live stream in full HD on your smart devices globally.
Top provincial players South Africa is unlikely to participate in the Currie Cup Premier Division because the schedule conflicts with games in the URC and Champions/Challenge Cup.
At the same time, six South African teams will compete in the Currie Cup First Division, which begins on February 10, with no final; the highest-ranked team on the table will be crowned the winner.
The top five international teams Simbas (Kenya), Goshawks (Zimbabwe), Diables (Spain), Welwitschias (Namibia), and Tel-Aviv Heat (Israel)—will participate in a new Mzansi Challenge, which will commence on March 24, 2023.
During the 14-week period, the 11 teams will battle in the Mzanzi Challenge in a single-round format that includes semifinals and a final and the final will happen in mid-June.
The six South African teams will compete against one another for the Currie Cup First Division title at the same time, and the team with the most points at the end of the season (only games involving SA teams will count) will be declared the winner.
Opening Round: March 10/11 (double round of matches)
Final: June 24
Tel-Aviv Heat (Israel)
Opening round: February 10/11
Mzansi Challenge Final: June 17
Cell C Sharks
Opening round: February 17/18 (single round of matches)
Final: April 6
Opening round: August 18/19 (single round of matches)
Final: October 14
Opening round: August 4/5 (single round of matches)
Final: October 14