The South African Rugby Football Union (SARFU) was founded in 1992, resulting from the unification of then South African Rugby Board and the South African Rugby Union. The importance of the South African Rugby Football Union (SARFU) does not only lie in the fact that it is the national governing body for the sport; SARFU also paved the way for South Africa to be readmitted to the international scene after years of absence.
Over the years, SARFU has been successful in promoting rugby in South Africa. It successfully initiated a development program in 1993 to enjoin more people into the sport; and has also attracted significant investments in the last 10 years. It has also led South Africa into being one of the top rugby playing nations in the world, ranked by the International Rugby Board.
To date, SARFU has 14 member provincial unions: Blue Bulls (Pretoria), Boland (Wellington), Border (East London), Eastern Province (Port Elizabeth), Falcons (Springs), Free State (Bloemfontein), Golden Lions (Gauteng), Griffons (Welkom), Griqualand West (Kimberley), Leopards (Potchefstroom), Mpumalanga (Witbank), Natal (Durban), South Western Districts (George), and Western Province (Cape Town).