Bill Maclagen's squad set sail for South Africa from Southampton on 20 September, 1891, on board he Dunottar Castle. Maclagen was given custody of a special golden cup by the chairman of the Union Castle Shipping line, Sir Donald Currie, to present to the team that performed best against them.
The British team won every game on that tour, but they singled out Griqualand West as their best opponents and they became the proud first owners of the Currie Cup.
They are still in the top tier and their clash with the Sharks on Friday, 20 June will give the competition a spectacular kick-off. Western Province and the Sharks will meet the 2009 British & Irish Lions next summer and many of the players who feature in the ABSA Currie Cup this year will be in line to play against the Lions for the Highveld XV, Coastal XV and Emerging Springboks.