Cheetahs

Cheetahs

Established in

1895

Location

Free State, South Africa

Club History

The Free State Cheetahs (formerly the Orange Free State), currently named the Toyota Free State Cheetahs, for sponsorship reasons, are a South African rugby union team that participates in the annual Currie Cup tournament. They are governed by the Free State Rugby Union and are based at the 48,000 capacity Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein. The Cheetahs have only won the Currie Cup 5 times. However, they have been one of the most successful teams in recent history, winning the cup three times consecutively from 2005 to 2007. Since the advent of professionalism in rugby union, they have been considered one of South Africa’s “Big 5” provincial rugby Unions.

The Cheetahs are a very well supported team across the Free State as well having large fan bases in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Pretoria. They are also known as the darlings of South African rugby, with many other South African rugby fans adopting them as their second team especially when they take on any of the other “Big 5” teams. The Cheetahs average home crowds of approximately 17,000 in the Currie Cup when they play at Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein. Their biggest rivals are traditionally Western Province. However, in recent times the Blue Bulls have also become fierce rivals of the Cheetahs.

02

Champion

Currie Cup

1973 Runner-up

02

Champion

Currie Cup

1975 Runner-up

02

Champion

Currie Cup

1976 Champions

02

Champion

Currie Cup

2005 Champions

02

Champion

Currie Cup

2006 Champions

02

Champion

Currie Cup

2007 Champions

02

Champion

Currie Cup

2009 Champions

02

Champion

Currie Cup

2016 Champions
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