About Us

History

The Falcons Rugby Union was originally founded in 1947, and was previously known as the Eastern Transvaal Rugby Football Union. After the 1995 World Cup, rugby was declared professional in South Africa, after which the Eastern Transvaal Rugby Football Union merged with the Vaal Triangle Rugby Union to form the Gauteng Falcons Rugby Union and are one of only 14 Provincial Unions in the country.

The name Falcon’s was chosen based on the local wild Falcon indigenous to the Heidelburg area mainly because of its aggressive looks and survival instincts. Since the name was adopted in 1998 the Union have establishment themselves as a strong contender in the world of professional rugby.
They have a proud history of rugby in Eastern Gauteng and have produced numerous quality players spanning over a period of 60 years.

In 2006 the Valke were the Vodacom Cup Champions, the first Cup won in the history of the Union.

The Falcons Pty Ltd sits with a Board made up of the Commercial and Community annexes of Rugby in the Falcons Region.

The Commercial arm, Falcons Pty Ltd, is responsible for the Commercial Exploitation associated with the Brand and the Operation of the Professional Rugby Team.

The Professional Rugby Team competes in 2 competitions in South African Rugby.

  • Vodacom Cup
  • Currie Cup

The Community Rugby arm known historically as the Amateur Union maintains the structure and development of the amateur rugby set-up:

  • Amateur Provincial Tournaments
  • Development and Transformation
  • Coaching Courses
  • Referees
  • Clubs, Schools and Youth Teams

Falcons Rugby Pty Ltd

With the onset of professional Rugby after the 1995 Rugby World Cup the South African Rugby Football Union allowed the commercialisation of Rugby in the country.

Each Province was allowed to sell 50% shares in a separate Company to a commercial partner.

These original Shares were purchased by SAIL (South African Investment Corporation) and Unitrade and since then there has been a number of share transactions and at this present time shares are either owned or represented by Action House International, a global Sports Marketing company based in Hong Kong.

The Falcons Pty Ltd, is responsible for the Commercial Rights associated with the Brand and the Operation of the Professional Rugby Team.

The Professional Rugby Team competes in 2 competitions in South African Rugby.

  • Vodacom Cup
  • Currie Cup

Amateur Union

The Community Rugby arm known historically as the Amateur Union maintains the structure and development of the amateur rugby set-up.
This includes:

  • 18 Clubs (aprox. 2000 players)
  • 54 High Schools
  • 101 Primary Schools
  • 80 registered referees
  • A structured development and transformation

The Amateur Union fields the following provincial sides during every season and we list them according to priority.

  • Provincial Amateur side North and South Team – Senior Club players
  • Falcons U/21 Team
  • Falcons U/19 Team
  • Country or Rural Districts Team (Senior Club Players)
  • High School Craven Week Team
  • Seven a side Teams
  • U/18 Academy Team
  • U/17 Academy Team
  • U/16 Grant Knomo Team
  • Primary School Craven Week Team
  • Primary School Academy Team
  • Special Schools
  • Falcons Club Sides U/13,U/16 & U/18
  • Women’s Team

They also manage the following very important Associations within the amateur leg:

  • Referees Association
  • Medical Association
  • Rugby Coaching Association
  • High Schools Association
  • Primary Schools Association
  • Special Schools Association
  • Female Rugby
  • Youth Rugby
  • Sevens Rugby
  • Valkies Rugby

Staff

A full list of staff and their contact details can be found in the Contact Us section of the site.

Strategic Objectives

  1. Be a Competitive and Professional Premier Division Province
  2. Win the hearts and minds of the business community and rugby fraternity of the Falcons region
  3. Enhance relationships with our rugby and sports partners
  4. Have a strong and sustainable professional brand
  5. Be a financially successful and growing Union
  6. Promote the development of Community Rugby in the Falcons region
  7. Board – Achieve Governance Excellence and Shareholder Value