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Polokwane targets Bok Test

2012-01-17 09:18

Cape Town - The Executive Mayor of Polokwane, Freddy Greaver, says they intend to host a Springbok Test in the near future.

Greaver told the Beeld newspaper at the announcement of the Bulls' friendly match against the Cheetahs at the Peter Mokaba Stadium that the city intends to host a Test match in the next few years.

The Bulls play the Cheetahs in a Super Rugby warm-up match at the Peter Mokaba Stadium on 11 February.

"To achieve that we have to prove that we have the ability to host Super Rugby teams like the Bulls and the Cheetahs without any problems and to fill the stadium. It could only strengthen our bid to also bring the Springboks to Polokwane in future," said Greaver.

Greaver will invite SARU president Oregan Hoskins to attend the Bulls-Cheetahs clash in the hope to impress the rugby boss.

Boet Fick, a current executive member of SA Rugby and former Blue Bulls president said Greaver's plans are not beyond the realms of possibility.

"It's definitely not impossible that the Springboks could play a Test here in future, but it is naturally a decision that SARU will thoroughly reflect upon," said Fick.

Meanwhile, the Blue Bulls Company also confirmed that the Bulls will play a Super Rugby warm-up match in Polokwane for the next three years.

Sport24

Comments
  • rudilemmer - 2012-01-17 10:02

    Great to see (High class) rugby being played in new areas....

  • Annelise - 2012-01-17 10:18

    I grew up in Pietersburg (Polokwane) and can tell you that there is no accommodation in the form of hotels. They do have guest houses but not nearly enough. Also it is not a touristy town in the form of things to do. So good luck convincing the rugby bosses.

      mrmogoswane - 2012-01-17 10:33

      @Annelise - hahaha... i pity you.

      Arthur - 2012-01-17 14:12

      Annelise, you right prior to the ANC Polokwane conference Pietersburg was pretty dull. But when I went late last year I was amazed at the developments. All the top hotel groups are there, they have a couple of Malls a casino and enough pubs to keep rugby supporters happy. Plus around Polokwane there’s Potgieterus, Louis Trichard and Thoyando which boast some good tourist things.

      Adél - 2012-02-07 16:38

      Annelise, when was the last time you were there!! Things change girl!!

  • Patrick - 2012-01-17 10:22

    that is good news for the province as a whole. At least the province will show case its hospitalities and abilities of hosting big events beside soccer. Good move next will be cricket to inspire more of Steyn and de Lange

  • Lionel - 2012-01-17 10:32

    I personally think its great for the smaller unions,let them also get a piece of the pie!!!!!!!! I would start off by having a Super game there and see how things go!!!!!

  • Herbert - 2012-01-17 10:37

    I thought something is going to happen when I drove past the Peter Mokaba stadium; saw workers clearing the pavements from weeds etc. However, the grounds of the Dept of Environmental Affairs on the corner of Suid & Dorp Streets is a shame to our city. Wake up so called Environment officials !!!!

  • Thabang - 2012-01-17 16:30

    I was not going to commend until i saw the interest shown by the likes of Annelise.Can i find out from our passionate Ann,when is it gonna be OK to offer solutions rather than pour cold water on forward-looking proposals.Congradulation on you Mr Greaver,keep on keeping on,God bless!!!

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