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CT Stadium to host Saracens

2011-11-10 06:30

Cape Town - The Cape Town Stadium is expected to be announced as the venue for the Heineken Cup clash between Saracens and Biarritz.

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Saracens announced last month they will play a home pool stage clash against Biarritz in Cape Town on January 14, but did not reveal which ground the match will be played at.

However, according to Die Burger it is a foregone conclusion that the game will be played at the Cape Town Stadium and not Newlands Rugby Stadium. The announcement will be made on Thursday.

Recently retired Bok captain John Smit joined Saracens after the World Cup in New Zealand and could be in action alongside several other Springboks currently plying their trade with the English club. It will be the first time that a Heineken Cup game will be hosted outside of Europe.

Saracens' CEO, Edward Griffiths, said the club is proud to be associated with so many South Africans. "Saracens is a club with a strong South African flavour due to Johann Rupert's (South African businessman) shares in the club and the 12 South African players here," said Griffiths, himself a South African.

"It makes sense for us to grow our support and commercial interests in South Africa. We want South Africans to view us as their favourite club."

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Comments
  • Lionel - 2011-11-10 07:02

    Should feel like a home game for Saracens!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Paul - 2011-11-10 07:35

      duh. More home than Biarritz (who i support in France incidently)

  • brian.heunis - 2011-11-10 07:15

    The heading of this article is misleading.

  • Blou - 2011-11-10 07:51

    At last a winning team in Cape Town.

      Lionel - 2011-11-10 08:06

      Blou bal.have you ever thought of going into stand up comedy??????

      Blou - 2011-11-10 08:20

      No have you?

  • richard.vonschumann - 2011-11-10 08:23

    I will definitely go watch them no matter which stadium they play in!

  • Grant - 2011-11-10 08:41

    Strange one this. How many fans will be able to fly over and stay in hotels to watch the game?

      Kosie - 2011-11-10 09:52

      thinking the same thing,don't think it will be a full stadium

  • steven.chiaberta - 2011-11-10 14:12

    I think its great, just a pity it's not at Ellis.

  • andynct - 2011-11-18 14:56

    Time for a safety inspection at Newlands. If a full Newlands Stadium cannot be evacuated in the regulation 15min it must be downrated or condemned.

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