Rugby

Saracens' CT game cancelled

2011-11-17 18:55
Saracens' CEO Edward Griffiths (File)
Cape Town - The Heineken Cup rugby match between Saracens and Biarritz in Cape Town has been cancelled, and will be played in London instead.

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Saracens announced on its website, Saracens.com, that the game - scheduled to be played in Cape Town on 14 January - has been cancelled due to the conflict between the Cape Town City Council and the Western Province Rugby Union.

The European Cup pool game was initially due to be played at the Cape Town Stadium. However, the Western Province Rugby Union was unhappy with the decision and earlier this week announced it would attempt to move the game to Newlands.

"After a recent meeting by the Western Province Rugby Football Union Executive Committee, the request by Saracens to host the match at Cape Town Stadium was considered. However, the Executive Committee decided that the home of rugby, Newlands, would stage this historic match," the WPRFU commented earlier in the week.

"We have no wish to be a catalyst for conflict between the City of Cape Town and the Western Province Rugby Union. Saracens looks forward to playing a competitive match in Cape Town as soon as local circumstances allow," Saracens commented on Thursday.

Supporters who have bought tickets in South Africa will be fully refunded and the club will engage with UK-based supporters who have already booked air tickets and accommodation, and ensure they are appropriately compensated.

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