Freedom Cup
SportRugby union
Instituted2004
Number of teams2
Country South Africa
 New Zealand
Holders New Zealand (2021)
Most titles New Zealand (14 titles)

The Freedom Cup (Afrikaans: Vryheidsbeker)[1] is a minor international rugby union trophy contested between South Africa and New Zealand, during The Rugby Championship and previously during The Rugby Championship's predecessor, the Tri Nations. It was first contested in 2004 (the 10 year anniversary of South African democracy), in a one-off test. The game, played at Ellis Park, Johannesburg was won 40–26 by South Africa. However, in the 2006 Tri Nations Series, it was contested in all three New Zealand–South Africa matches.

New Zealand won 2 of the matches (one home and one away) giving them the Freedom Cup for the first time, but during the post-match presentation after the third game, won by South Africa, Supersport presenter Joost van der Westhuizen incorrectly presented the trophy to Springbok captain John Smit who accepted it in front of millions of television viewers. The mistake was later corrected, off-air.

Matches

Details P  New Zealand  South Africa D New Zealand points South Africa points
New Zealand New Zealand 15 11 3 1 459 230
South Africa South Africa 16 10 6 0 444 366
Neutral Venue [note 1] 2 1 1 0 48 48
Overall 33 22 10 1 951 644

Source:[2]

Results

Year Date Venue Home Score Away Trophy
Winner
2021 2 October Cbus Super Stadium, Queensland South Africa  31–29  New Zealand New Zealand
25 September Queensland Country Bank Stadium, Queensland New Zealand  19–17  South Africa
2019 27 July Westpac Stadium, Wellington New Zealand  16–16  South Africa New Zealand
2018 6 October Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria South Africa  30–32  New Zealand New Zealand
15 September Westpac Stadium, Wellington New Zealand  34–36  South Africa
2017 7 October Newlands, Cape Town South Africa  24–25  New Zealand New Zealand
16 September North Harbour Stadium, Albany New Zealand  57–0  South Africa
2016 8 October Kings Park Stadium, Durban South Africa  15–57  New Zealand New Zealand
17 September Rugby League Park, Christchurch New Zealand  41–13  South Africa
2015 25 July Ellis Park, Johannesburg South Africa  20–27  New Zealand New Zealand
2014 4 October Ellis Park, Johannesburg South Africa  27–25  New Zealand New Zealand
13 September Westpac Stadium, Wellington New Zealand  14–10  South Africa
2013 5 October Ellis Park, Johannesburg South Africa  27–38  New Zealand New Zealand
14 September Eden Park, Auckland New Zealand  29–15  South Africa
2012 6 October FNB Stadium, Johannesburg South Africa  16–32  New Zealand New Zealand
15 September Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin New Zealand  21–11  South Africa
2011 20 August N. Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth South Africa  18–5  New Zealand New Zealand
30 July Westpac Stadium, Wellington New Zealand  40–7  South Africa
2010 21 August FNB Stadium, Johannesburg South Africa  22–29  New Zealand New Zealand
17 July Westpac Stadium, Wellington New Zealand  31–17  South Africa
10 July Eden Park, Auckland New Zealand  32–12  South Africa
2009 12 September Waikato Stadium, Hamilton New Zealand  29–32  South Africa South Africa
1 August Kings Park Stadium, Durban South Africa  31–19  New Zealand
25 July Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein South Africa  28–19  New Zealand
2008 16 August Newlands, Cape Town South Africa  0–19  New Zealand New Zealand
12 July Carisbrook, Dunedin New Zealand  28–30  South Africa
5 July Westpac Stadium, Wellington New Zealand  19–8  South Africa
2007 14 July Lancaster Park, Christchurch New Zealand  33–6  South Africa New Zealand
23 June Kings Park Stadium, Durban South Africa  21–26  New Zealand
2006 2 September Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Rustenburg South Africa  21–20  New Zealand New Zealand
26 August Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria South Africa  26–45  New Zealand
22 July Westpac Stadium, Wellington New Zealand  35–17  South Africa
2004 14 August Ellis Park, Johannesburg South Africa  40–26  New Zealand South Africa

See also

Notes

  1. ^ Due to the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, the two tests played during the 2021 Rugby Championship were both staged in Queensland Australia

References

  1. ^ Agter die doellyn (eBoek): Glorieryke oomblikke in Springbokrugby met getuienisse en lewensverhale deur Victor Matfield, Pierre Spies, Beast Mtawarira, Morne Steyn, Juan Smith, Jannie en Bismarck du Plessis, Peter de Villiers ... Christelike Uitgewersmpy. 15 July 2011. ISBN 9781431603244 – via Google Books.
  2. ^ Pick and Go rugby archive – select All Blacks and Boks, Freedom Cup.