Griffons (rugby Team)
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Griffons Rugby Team

Griffons logo.svg
UnionGriffons Rugby Union
RegionPart of the Free State Province, South Africa
North West Stadium, Welkom (Capacity: 17,000)
Jacques Juries
Duan Pretorius
Currie Cup First Division
2019Runner-up Lost Promotion Playoff
2nd on log
Official website
Rugby football current event.svg Current season

The Northern Free State Griffons (known as the Down Touch Griffons for sponsorship reasons) are a South African rugby union team that participates in the annual Currie Cup and Rugby Challenge tournaments. They play out of Welkom at North West Stadium, and draw players from roughly the eastern third of Free State Province (the remainder of the province comprises the territory of the Free State Cheetahs).

Players from the Griffons are eligible for selection to the Cheetahs Super Rugby team, along with players from the Free State Cheetahs and Griquas.

The team currently plays in the First Division of the Currie Cup, attracting crowds of around 4,000 to home games in at North West Stadium in Welkom. Their traditional rivals are the Free State Cheetahs and North West Province Leopards.


The Griffons rugby union was formed in 1968 when the late Dr Danie Craven, the president of SA rugby, had a vision to spread the game to rural areas in South Africa. The Griffons were one of four new provincial teams formed, originally known as Northern Free State (or Noord Vrystaat in Afrikaans).[1]

In 1996, with the start of professional rugby, the then South African rugby football union, under Louis Luyt, decided to re-divide the unions to have only 14 provinces in South Africa, with Northern Free State being one. The Eastern Free State province was incorporated into Northern Free State. In 1999, Northern Free State changed their name to the Griffons.


The team's major tournament wins include the 1970 Paul Roos Trophy, 2001 Vodacom Shield, 2008 Currie Cup First Division, 2014 Currie Cup First Division, 2016 Currie Cup First Division and 2017 Currie Cup First Division.

Current squad

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

Griffons Rugby Challenge squad




Loose Forwards

  • South Africa Cody Basson
  • South Africa Vincent Maruping
  • South Africa Thato Mavundla
  • South Africa Nkosi Nofuma
  • South Africa Jean Pretorius
  • South Africa Ludio Williams


  • South Africa Jaywinn Juries
  • South Africa Duncan van Vuuren
  • South Africa Ethan Williams



  • South Africa Balo Mteyise
  • South Africa Neil Stannard
  • South Africa Arthur Williams
  • South Africa Mario Wilson


  • South Africa Ezrick Alexander
  • South Africa Allistair Mumba


(c) Denotes team captain.


  1. ^ "Welcome to the Griffons Rugby Union". Retrieved 2012.
  2. ^ "Squad: Griffons". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 2019.

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