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About Us

The Free State Rugby Union was established in 1895 and since its inception has carved deep footprints in the landscape of South African rugby. Known for its unique brand of running rugby, the Cheetahs have grown on the hearts of all South African rugby lovers and rugby fans abroad. The Toyota Cheetahs are renowned for being everybody's “second favourite team” and this is reflected in the team’s viewership numbers and the growth in support base that the team has experienced over the past few years. 

Over recent years the Toyota Free State Cheetahs have become the domestic champions of South African rugby by winning the Currie Cup (South African Domestic Championship) on four occasions over the past 11 years. 

Vision of the Free State Cheetahs

We excel in a profitable organisation that is excited by playing a winning brand of rugby, loved and respected by all.


Our core business is to develop winning teams that will ensure that our supporters, sponsors and the broad community respect our endeavours.  We strive to adhere to the philosophy of Bill Walsh – “if we do all the right things to precision, the score will take care of itself”

We commit to

  • Manage rugby in a professional manner on all levels   
  • Delight and entertain our  loyal supporters through a total rugby experience 
  • Respect and grow the legacy and heritage of the Cheetah brand   
  • Optimize our assets and finance 

The Cheetah Way

Passionate – A rugby family that is passionate about the Cheetahs and give more than is expected

Professional – A the Cheetahs professional conduct is embraced by every staff member in every department

Performance – We perform optimally on and off the field

Humility – Knowing what meekness is not weakness

Accountability – Ownership for our business and rugby is visible in all our actions 

Innovative – A contemporary approach to business and rugby

Integrity – Impeccable and ethical conduct in relationships 

Owners and Directors

Free State Rugby Union:  Union Council

PresidentJerry   Segwaba
Deputy PresidentCharlie   May
Deputy PresidentLt   Col Coerraad Klopper
Coaches AssociationJan   Ackerman
CollegiansFrancois   Retief
CrusadersHenry   Geduldt
High Schools AssociationDeon   van Wyk
Primary Schools AssociationFanie   van Rooyen
Old Grey'sClayton   Lauwrens
Free State Sub-UnionJan   Schmidt
Free State Sub-UnionCharlie   Roberts
PoliceThaart   Slater
MangaungThembela   Sibizo
Referees AssociationLourens   van der Merwe
SteynersWillie   Pretorius
Central University of TechnologyLou   Nieuwoudt
Free State UniversityMarius   v Rensburg   
Women's AssociationMe   Kutlwano Tlhakudi
WarriorsRomeo   Carson
Bloemfontein Defence ForceZeeland   Fransman
Lifelong MemberBert   Sorour
Managing Director:  Free State Cheetahs (Pty) LtdHarold   Verster
Manager:  Amateur Rugby Selvyn   Colby 

Free State Rugby Union:  Executive Committee 

Jerry Segwaba,  Coenraad Klopper, Charlie May, Harold Verster, Francois Retief, Thembela Sibizo,

Fanie van Rooyen, Jan Ackerman

Members of the Executive Committee are elected by the Union Council

Free State Rugby Union:  Finance Committee 

Francois Retief (Chairman), Thembela Sibizo, Karien Potgieter 

Free State Rugby Union:  Disciplinary Committee 

Charles Dell  (Lovius Block, Convenor), Adv. Anton Roux  (Advocate Chambers), Adv. Jerry Morabe, 

Herklaas Venter (Lovius Block), Adrie Hechter  (Adrie Hechter Attorneys), Louis Radley  (Peyper & Sesele) 

Free State Cheetahs (Pty) Ltd

 Free State Cheetahs Board of Directors

Ryno Opperman (Chairman), Justine Smith (secretary), Harold Verster, Jerry Segwaba, Coenraad Klopper, Prof. Basie Verster, Charlie May, Marius van Rensburg, Graham Abrahams, Mohamed Bhyat, Gideon Khobane, Marc Jury.  On invitation:  Gerhard Steyn, Karien Potgieter


Free State Cheetahs Management and Finance Committee

Ryno Opperman (Chairman), Justine Smith (secretary), Harold Verster, Jerry Segwaba, Coenraad Klopper, Charlie May, Prof. Basie Verster, Marius van Rensburg

On invitation:  Karien Potgieter, Franco Smith, Gerhard Steyn, MJ Smith


Free State Cheetahs Rugby Committee

Prof. Basie Verster (Chairman), Justine Smith (secretary), Harold Verster, Coenraad Klopper, Marius van Rensburg, Charlie May, Jan Ackerman, Franco Smith, MJ Smith.  On invitation:  Karien Potgieter


Free State Rugby Audit, Risk and Remuneration Committee (Union & (Pty.) Ltd.)

Prof. Arrie Schoonwinkel (Chairman), Justine Smith (secretary), Anton Botha, Coenraad Klopper, Kobus Laubscher, Jerry Segwaba, Thembela Sibizo.On Invitation:  Harold Verster, Riaan Enslin, Gerhard Steyn, Louis Rossouw, Karien Potgieter

Free State Cheetahs Top Management

Harold Verster (Chairman), Justine Smith (Secretary), Franco Smith, Karien Potgieter, Piet de Necker, Randy September, Kobus le Roux


Free State Cheetahs Transformation Committee

Jerry Segwaba (Chairman), Justine Smith (secretary), Harold Verster, MJ Smith


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