CT Stadium to host Saracens
Cape Town - The Cape Town Stadium is expected to be announced as the venue for the Heineken Cup clash between Saracens and Biarritz.Click to BUY the SA Rugby Annual 2011
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."