PE to host Boks v All Blacks

2010-08-11 14:09

Johannesburg - Next year’s Springbok Test against New Zealand will be held in Port Elizabeth, following a decision of the Executive Council of the South African Rugby Union.

The decision was taken as part of SARU’s commitment to bring top-flight rugby to the region. The award is conditional on agreement that all three unions in the Southern Kings region (Eastern Province, Border and South Western Districts) should benefit from the award and on agreement on an appropriate Test match hosting model.

It means Tri-Nations rugby will be played in the Eastern Cape region for the first time, while it would be the first visit of the All Blacks to the region for 41 years (since 1970).

“There is a hunger in the region for top flight rugby,” said Oregan Hoskins, the president of SARU.

“Port Elizabeth now has a top flight venue in the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium and SARU has a long-standing commitment to assist in bringing top flight-rugby back to the region. This is a tangible proof of our commitment.”

The 2011 Tri-Nations Test against Australia was allocated to the KwaZulu-Natal Rugby Union, subject to discussions with the union. 

The meeting also appointed East London businessman Monde Tabata to the Executive Council, joining Mike Stofile as the second independent member and filling a vacancy that had been open since the elections in March.

Other decisions taken by the council were:

•  The Exco will call for tenders from all 14 provincial unions to host the South African leg of the IRB World Sevens Series, according to the IRB’s criteria for host venues.
• Applications will be sought for the position of SA Under-20 coach and assistant coaches to cover the 2011, 2012 and 2013 IRB Junior World Championship competitions.
•  The CEOs of all 14 unions are to be called to a meeting for their inputs on: Vodacom Super Rugby franchise fees and the division of unions within franchises; the Test match hosting model.
•  The competitions committee was instructed to formulate a proposal to assist the Southern Kings in their preparations for potential Vodacom Super Rugby inclusion in 2013.
•  Approval was granted for an international sevens tournament, under the auspices of the Leopards Rugby Union, to be held in Rustenburg from September 24-26, 2010.


  • The Voice of Reason - 2010-08-11 14:15

    Wow, I thought that PE would have to wait until 2012 to host a test, as there are no inbound tours next year, and I didn't think that SARU would give PE a Tri Nations match. This is truly amazing, and will be one of the first in line to buy my tickets!

  • david cameroon - 2010-08-11 14:30

    Whatever happened to the old Boetie Erasmus Stadum?Is it no longer in use?Such a long since i've been in good old PE it must be 35 years now.

  • Qminati - 2010-08-11 14:32

    Congratulations to PE and well done to SARU for taking such a bold decision. Rugby belongs to all of SA and it's about time it is taken to all corners of this country!!!!

  • Martin H - 2010-08-11 14:33

    Awesome!!!!!! Cant wait

  • ALL Black - 2010-08-11 14:52

    Congrats to SARU for making the best decision of their lives.It is about time that PORT ELIZABETH gets recognition for staging an international event.Welcome ALL BLACKS.

  • Galmaker - 2010-08-11 14:59

    That is a great stadium.... Pity the people in PE are so backward, they couldn't even fill up that stadium during the WC. Port Elizabeth is known to be the armpit of SA and is certainly not a friendly city, rather a windy and conservative one.

  • clint - 2010-08-11 15:09

    I'd like to know what the test ticket prices are going to be and also what the Union has to pay SARU for the test. Usually this is around 5- 6 million, hence the high price range. I put money on a lower rate and cheap test tickets meaning that the rest of the country gets to fork out more than the EC for test matches, devaluing the encounter. Political decision not always in the best interests of rugby, but we are used to that now.

  • SA 4 Life - 2010-08-11 15:14

    this coming from some1 in PE, thatz our stadium.

  • me - 2010-08-11 15:14

    That looks like the stadium to me. granted the pic was taken before the stadium was completed, but that looks like the Mandela Stadium in PE to me.

  • Kristen - 2010-08-11 15:16

    Dont know what you guys are on about, of course that is the Stadium !!!, (Lake in the background, SABCO other side the lake,) Dont tell me you havent been to the new stadium?? Blady agents !!!

  • me - 2010-08-11 15:16

    Bring 7s to Soccer city........ NOW

  • Mac - 2010-08-11 15:19

    It is the NBMStadium

  • Cheeseboy - 2010-08-11 15:22

    And what stadium is it then?

  • RevNev - 2010-08-11 15:23

    That is indeed the PE stadium - no question about it, I'm a PE lad! Great news for Madiba Bay :)

  • Calvin - 2010-08-11 15:25

    Great News, and just a note, that is the new Stadium in PE !

  • Knorrig - 2010-08-11 15:25 Rugby has to pay for the upkeep of Soccer's white elephants! There is absolutely NOTHING wrong with the Boet Erasmus stadium..........and it also needs money as a business. How clever the ANC has they milk Rugby as well to fund their Bling Bling Utopia

  • Duce - 2010-08-11 15:26

    Wake up my china!!! That is the new PE stadium,sweet hey! Where have you been??

  • ian - 2010-08-11 15:27

    awesome news-that most definately is the nelson mandela bay stadium...thats the north end lake behind it...sorry marc,anon, syd and roean

  • NMB Stadium - 2010-08-11 15:32

    Yes it is our stadium, albeit an old picture of the Stadium,still under construction. The North End Lake to the top of the pic, is unmistakable. We baainaars are really proud of our stadium. Great News...God Willing, I'll be there...

  • Troy Perkins - 2010-08-11 15:33

    Actually it is the new stadium.....that is the north end lake in the backround and I should know....I live in PE.

  • The Voice of Reason - 2010-08-11 15:47

    Calm down people, News24 but up the wrong picture at first, but they have now changed it to the correct one. @Knorrig, you must be joking if you think that noting was wrong with the Boet Erusmas Stadium (actually now known as the EPRU Stadium). The place is crumbling, only has seats in one stand, and just open cement for the other stand. It also has an open area behind the one goal line, where a stand should be. There is no video screen, and the area around the stadium isn't condusive to hosting major events. When Bafana played Nigeria there in 2008, SAFA had to rent a video a screen.

  • THE MAN@saru - 2010-08-11 15:53

    it is about time tri-nations rugby be played in the limpopo province...we have a world class stadium whats the problem???

  • EwanMac - 2010-08-11 15:59

    Fantastic knews provided the necessary criteria are met. Great stadium, went to all eight SWC matches. That's not a recent photo, as the area surrounding the stadium was completed well before the SWC kicked off. To Galmaker: pity you weren't at any of the SWC games in PE, as you have no idea how well attended the games were. Also a pity you don't know many people from PE, otherwise you would realise what a crock of SH*T you're talking.

  • Corrected mistake - 2010-08-11 16:10

    Are u guys retarded? The website put up the wrong pic and these guys were just pointing that out. Now that has been corrected. Anyway great news for the region. Well done. Now take a game to Nelspruit or Polokwane. Those stadiums need events. Even if its Vodacom Cup

  • PE BOY - 2010-08-11 16:10

    lol they had 2 different photos thats why ppl gettin confused.

  • Grinch - 2010-08-11 16:26

    F*%king AWESOME!!!!!!!

  • fly - 2010-08-11 16:29

    Awesome!!! PE deserves this! Great City, Great Stadium!

  • Mark - 2010-08-11 16:36

    Sssshhh, I don't mind people thinking PE is the armpit of South Africa. Keeps all those ignorant people like Galmaker away and PE a better place to live. Boet Erasmus stadium sucks and will be demolished soon, thank goodness. PE's new stadium is an asset to the city and the province.

  • NeilA @ the man - 2010-08-11 16:41

    You guys havent evolved enough up there in limpopo hence no tri nations matches...

  • Comrade - 2010-08-11 17:50

    Now that's what I call great SARU...BLOODY GREAT!!! You should untilize these stadiums with games like these and I concur that we should even use it for 7's rugby too...start our local and national tornaments at these stadiums so that they do not become whtie elephants...let the public get the vibe fo what it feels like to sit in these have my agreement on it.

  • PE Rules! - 2010-08-11 17:53

    Mark, your comments are well noted and very true. Galway obviously listens to Gareth Cliff who is the most conceited person on TV and radio. If PE is the armpit then what is Joburg?!? I'll take pristine beaches, world class game reserves, garden route and J-Bay around the corner any day. No wind at the moment and temp was +25deg the whole week last week... Sorry, I forgot. We don't need Galway's type here... Forget what I said, it's a kak place, stay away!

  • @Galmaker - 2010-08-11 21:56

    You an a**hole for saying what you did about PE.I'm a successful medical practitioner working in Chicago, IL USA who is from PE.I have two friends in Europe-- one who has an insurance business and the other a building materials supplier business in Germany and they both from Port Elizabeth born and bred.We walked on King's beach,gone shopping at Greenacres Shopping Centre, got medical treatment at David Livingstone Hospital etc.So who's the armpit here and who is backwards here you good for nothing twat--you are the plonker my man with your barefoot,dumbwit,knucklehead comments.Stephen Pienaar who plays top level football for Everton in England,Danny Jordaan the CEO for the worldcup organizing commitee,Nelson Mandela and Thabo Mbeki both presidents of the Republic all come from where--good old PE.You do the maths friend hey calling us backwards you c**t.We've produced some of best minds and most productive individuals there can be found in South Africa.What have you got?Nothing just K@K comments is best you can come with.

  • Nasty@@galmaker - 2010-08-12 07:32

    When posting something, post your name...not just wonder he thinks you are backwards...then next point you validate that PE is the place to be yet you and your friends moved far, far away from it....PE is a hole and the people look inbred...last week's Idols just showed what a poor crop gets harvested in that City...

  • MB - 2010-08-12 08:56

    It is such a pity that PE gets a test match in this day and age. What on earth can they offer. Crap weather, crap people, crap pubs, crap food, crap airport and ugly girls.

  • Marius - 2010-08-12 09:35

    @ All the anti-PE guys. It is probably just a case of jealousy makes you nasty. Where else in South Africa can you still live in a house that doesn't resemble a prison, have moderate weather all year round, long stretches of unspoilt beaches, top Malaria free game reserves within 100km from the city and one of the fastest growing economies in S.A. No wonder it is one of the top tourist destinations in SA for overseas visitors. The only downside is that once a year we have to cope with the avalanche of uneducated rocks from Gauteng that invades PE for the summer holidays

  • Bill - 2010-08-12 09:44

    @ Galmaker PE is only unfriendly to ar*****es like you, i moved down to PE 4 years ago from JHB and what a breath of fresh air the area is, i would never go back to JHB.

  • Office Girls - 2010-08-12 10:03

    Lets all calm down - we have spent years ripping off the Vaalies - I suppose they need to try and get back at us somehow - albeit showing their true dumb ways and attitudes. And if you aren't a Vaalie - move there now because you sound a bit dim.

  • Office Girls - 2010-08-12 10:04

    Lets all calm down - we have spent years ripping off the Vaalies - I suppose they need to try and get back at us somehow - albeit showing their true dumb ways and attitudes. And if you aren't a Vaalie - move there now because you sound a bit dim.

  • @Marius - 2010-08-12 10:08

    The average IQ of both Gauteng and PE increases during the summer holidays.

  • ex pe - 2010-08-12 10:08

    what got PE to offer....nothing....dorpie no great girls, pubs crappy

  • Richard Nixon - 2010-08-12 10:39

    Are people really upset because PE got A Tri nations test? I guess the Joburg crowd must be sniffing to much polluted air.

  • @clint or Clit-less - 2010-08-12 11:46

    Wuteva makes U happy, I'll be looking to get my hands on some tickets, watch some rugby and catch some waves at jeffs j-bay for the vaalies, maybe vic bay on sunday what a great way spend a w/e.

  • @ PE haters - 2010-08-12 12:32

    I have moved back to PE form JHB after 25 years and what a quality life we have here. JHB people have there heads stuck up the ass and believe they are a cut above the rest. i am pleased and cant wait. @ Galmaker, please make sure that u dont travel down as we dont need u's selfish type around. We would rather be slow and relaxed than be chased by the tax man and debt collectors for not paying our bills for the expensive cars and lekker bid houses ontop of the mine dumps.@ Clint, u dumb nut u live in the vaal were u still drive an XR6 with a 3 ton wife and now u act all clever...

  • Another Office girl - 2010-08-12 12:35

    Great for PE, love this town and the people are great! If you dont want to come watch the game in our beautiful stadium or town, no problem, you miss out. We have excellent resaurants, stunning hotels and the best beachfront in South Africa - PE ROCKS BIG TIME!!!!!

  • @Nasty - 2010-08-12 13:12

    Is Nasty your name--what a K@K name to have.I'm suppose to belief that's a real name.Telling people to put their names on here when you yourself don't even put yours.Say and do unto others as you would want them to say and do unto you.Don't be a f***ing hypocrite you fool.

  • PAULUS DIE BLOU-BUL - 2010-08-12 14:47

    Congratulation to Port-Elizabeth-Nickname-die BAAI ek ken dai stad soos my palm hand julle verdien dit.ek werk tans in Pretoria my Blou-Bul tuiste.baie baie dankie aan al die bestuur van S.A Rugby Raad vir hierdie geleentheid wat julle die winderige vriendelikke stad gee.van n oud Baai se klong & Bok+Blou-Bul Fan-HOLAY-P.E HOLAY.

  • Kwanda - 2010-08-14 12:09

    NMB Metro,is your time

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