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Sport
  
Rugby union

Ceased
  
2015

Related competitions
  
Currie Cup

Sponsor
  
Related competition
  
Currie Cup

Inaugural season
  
1998

No. of teams
  
16

Number of teams
  
16

Date founded
  
1998

Last champion(s)
  
Pumas

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Country
  
South Africa Namibia Argentina Kenya

Most titles
  
Golden Lions /; Griquas (5)

Countries
  
South Africa, Namibia, Argentina, Kenya

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The Vodacom Cup was an annual rugby union competition in South Africa. Annual Vodacom Cup competitions were played between its inaugural season in 1998 and 2015 and was contested between February and May each year. Mobile communications provider Vodacom was the title sponsor for the entire duration of the competition.

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The competition was the third most prestigious in South African rugby, behind Super Rugby and the Currie Cup. It was contested at roughly the same time as Super Rugby each season from February to June and featured a combination of Super Rugby players returning from injury, reserve players attempting to maintain their fitness levels and younger players trying to break through to the Super Rugby or Currie Cup sides. It therefore served as an important developmental competition for South African rugby.

The competition was held every season between the fourteen South African rugby unions, but several additional teams also took part during the competition's history. The Limpopo Blue Bulls, officially a sub-union of the Blue Bulls, took part as a separate team between 2013 and 2015. Namibian side the Welwitschias played in the competition between 1999 and 2001, in 2010, 2011 and in 2015. Argentine side Pampas XV participated in the competition between 2010 and 2013 and a Simba XV from Kenya competed in 2014.

The most successful teams in the history of the competition were Griquas and the Golden Lions, each winning it on five occasions. The Golden Lions also managed to win the competition for three consecutive seasons between 2002 and 2004.

Between 2001 and 2004, the competition was split into two tier, with the top half of teams competing for the Vodacom Cup and the bottom half competing for the Vodacom Shield.

The final edition of the competition was in 2015, with SARU deciding to restructure the domestic competitions from the 2016 season onwards.

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Teams

The results of the teams that participated in the Vodacom Cup throughout the competition's history is as follows:

Finals

The results of the finals played in the Vodacom Cup competition are as follows:

Overall Record

The overall record for the teams in the Vodacom Cup competition is as follows:

Vodacom Shield

From 2001 to 2004, the teams finishing outside the top 4 in the pool phases played in a secondary competition called the Vodacom Shield.

Finals

The results of the finals played in the Vodacom Shield competition are as follows:

Overall Record

The overall record for the teams in the Vodacom Cup competition is as follows:

References

Vodacom Cup Wikipedia


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