Central Cheetahs

The Central Cheetahs ( engl. the cheetah; referred to in conjunction with the main sponsor and as Vodacom Cheetahs ) are a rugby union team from the South African city of Bloemfontein. She plays in the international Super Rugby League. The home games are played at the Free State Stadium.

  • 3.1 Super 12
  • 3.2 Super 14
  • 3.3 Super Rugby


Before South Africa took over the franchise model from Australia and New Zealand, the teams had in the Currie Cup for the still qualify then Super 12. The Free State Cheetahs achieved this in 1997, the season was concluded with the seventh place.

In April 2005, the South African Association announced that the Central Cheetahs will be the fifth team in the country in the enlarged to 14 teams championship. The first official match they contested on February 10, 2006, when they lost on the opening day of the Super 14 against the Bulls with 18:30. A week later, the first victory came with 27:26 on the Sharks. At the end of the season they remained the 10th Place. In the 2007 season, it was enough for 11th place.


Current squad

The squad for the 2011 season:


  • Kobus Calldo
  • WP Nel
  • Coenie Oosthuizen
  • Stef Roberts
  • Kevin Stevenson
  • Marcel van der Merwe


  • Skipper Badenhorst
  • Ryno Barnes

Second - row players

  • Nico Breedt
  • Hendrik Roodt
  • Wilhelm Steenkamp
  • Francois Uys
  • Izak van der Westhuizen
  • Waltie Vermeulen


  • Heinrich Bruessow
  • Kabamba Floors
  • Ashley Johnson
  • Of Raubenheimer
  • Juan Smith ( c)
  • Philip van der Walt
  • Frans Viljoen
  • Johan Wessels

Hustle Halbs

  • Tertius Carse
  • Tewis de Bruyn
  • Sarel Pretorius
  • Pieter van Zyl


  • Sias Ebersohn
  • Naas Olivier
  • Louis Strydom

Indoor Three Quarter

  • Robert Ebersohn
  • Barry Geel
  • Werner Griesel
  • Wilmaure Louw
  • Thabang Molefe
  • Morgan Newman
  • Corne Uys

Outer three-quarters

  • Ryno Benjamin
  • Rocco Jansen
  • Fabian juries
  • Jongi Nokwe
  • Philip Snyman
  • Jean Stemmet

Final Men

  • Hennie Dani Author
  • Earl Rose
  • Riaan Smit
  • Riaan Viljoen

Well-known former players

  • Jannie du Plessis
  • Marius Joubert
  • Ollie le Roux
  • CJ van der Linde


Super 12

( Free State Cheetahs as )

Super 14

Super Rugby