JWC games move to Newlands

2012-06-09 08:33

Cape Town - Owing to adverse pitch conditions, the South African Rugby Union (SARU) and the IRB have jointly made the decision to move the remainder of the IRB Junior World Championship 2012 matches scheduled for the Danie Craven Stadium in Stellenbosch.

With the surface at the Danie Craven Stadium having cut up significantly after two rounds of three matches in the flagship age grade competition and bad weather hitting the Cape Town area, the decision was agreed by all stakeholders following an inspection of the surface.

The iconic Newlands Stadium will now host both semi-finals and the fifth place semi-final on June 17, and the third-place playoff and IRB Junior World Championship 2012 final on June 22. Kick-off times and broadcast arrangements remain the same.

Cape Town Stadium will host the June 12 final round of pool matches (Ireland v Italy, South Africa v England and France v Australia) previously scheduled for the Danie Craven Stadium. Matches at the University of Western Cape Stadium in Cape Town remain as scheduled.

IRB Junior World Championship Tournament Director Philippe Bourdarias said: "With pitch conditions having deteriorated and little time for it to recover sufficiently between rounds and three match days left to play at the Danie Craven Stadium, including the semifinals and IRB Junior World Championship final, all stakeholders, including the venue, agreed that it is in the best interests of the teams and the Championship to switch venues."

“The Danie Craven Stadium has been an outstanding and welcoming host and I would like to thank all of their staff for their hospitality and dedication to staging fantastic match days. It is a shame to move, but unfortunately the pitch could not withstand the demand placed upon it given the poor weather conditions.”

“Newlands and Cape Town Stadium are world-class venues and I would like to thank SARU and Western Province for making them available. I am sure that it will be a fantastic host enjoyed by teams and fans. This tournament has been wonderful so far and I have no doubt that it will progress to be remembered as a resounding success and an exceptional event.”

SARU has confirmed that fans who bought tickets for the remaining matches at the Danie Craven Stadium will be able to swap them for tickets at other venues.

Andy Marinos, SARU General Manager for Commercial and Marketing, confirmed fans can purchase tickets for the remaining matches at UWC, Newlands and Cape Town Stadium from any Computicket outlet or Money Market counters, as well as online.

“We are obviously disappointed that we had to move matches from the Danie Craven Stadium because of the deteriorating pitch conditions. SARU wants to thank the Maties Rugby Club and the University of Stellenbosch for their hard work during the past few months.

“Western Province and the City of Cape Town were also fantastic in their support and efforts to find a solution and SARU wants to thank them for making their venues available at such short notice. We are approaching the business end of the competition and there is still a lot of great Rugby action to see, so I would like to urge fans to buy their tickets as admission for the semifinal and finals will be snapped up quickly,” said Marinos.


  • Burtfred - 2012-06-09 08:57

    I'm suprised they didn't play at Newlands in the first place.

      Citroes - 2012-06-09 09:41

      It was a great opportunity for the City of Cape Town to host it at the Cape Town stadium and see if the locals will support events there. We're definitely going to catch some games now that there's a couple of matches there.

      Stormkaap - 2012-06-09 11:23

      Agree, how was the poistch going to hold playing two games in succession at DC stadium which has poor drainage and is very soggy.

  • Erich - 2012-06-09 09:35

    I must say the surface and general conditions of the field at Stellenbosch was shocking. Any international game of this nature should be played on a good venue.

  • Citroes - 2012-06-09 09:39

    I'm an ex Matie and that field has always been heavy with bad drainage. Every winter when it rains it becomes a mud bath. Why they bother to schedule matches there is a mystery. The university has all the money in the world and they can't be bothered to sort out the drainage. Idiotic.

      Jack - 2012-06-09 10:42

      Maties is one of the great homes of SA rugby & rugby is a winter sport. There's something about tradition and playing rugby in a mudbath - a mudbath that's produced an endless list of's rugby, not tiddlywinks!

      Citroes - 2012-06-09 10:59

      Whats your point Jack Black? Does it being a winter sport mean that a sub par field should be available? Look at how well drained the UWC field looked compared to Danie Craven, and UWC is a 3rd rate varsity with nowhere near the same access to money.

      Jack - 2012-06-09 11:23

      @Citroes - UWC gets far more government funding than Stellenbosch, but that's not my point. My point is that Maties rugby has produced many greats who played on that same field (Danie Gerber, Mannetjies Roux, Corne Krige & Schalk Burger to mention just a sprinkling of the huge list of Springboks that wore the famous maroon jersey). It's a tough place to play and that's my point. I guess you're also going to argue that Stellenbosch should move with the times and become an English medium university. But I guess tradition and history means nothing to you...

      Citroes - 2012-06-09 11:56

      @JackBlack - what does the fact that Maties produced Springboks have to do with the field? They've produced Springboks because the standards of rugby is high in Stellenbosch, not because the field is crap. The fact of the matter is that Stellenbosch University embarrassed themselves with that poor field and they had a tournament taken away from them because of sub par facilities. I'm not going to answer you on the English medium comment - its an idiotic comment to make and has nothing to do with the subject at hand. You might want to check your facts on Danie Gerber as well. He wasn't a Matie. He played most of his career with Dispatch as his club. If you want a full list of Maties' Springboks, here's a link for you -

      Pierre - 2012-06-10 07:26

      Maties have produced good rugby players over the years, but that is no reason to have a field on which one cannot play 3 consecutive games.

  • Mandy Casey - 2012-06-09 09:51

    Congrats to South Africa on the victory yesterday

  • Karen - 2012-06-09 10:24

    Shocking conditions at Stellenbosch. You guys are obviously still very much in the third world. Try to adjust next time around.

      Citroes - 2012-06-09 10:43

      Dont you have a goat to milk or a sheep to shear? Go troll somewhere else you cow.

      Karen - 2012-06-09 11:14

      Absolutely shocking conditions. Quite obviously an agricultural mentality and then they try to defend these abysmal facilities. Africa remains Africa.

      ryan.cooper.96558 - 2012-06-09 11:30

      Yes Karen because your facilities are so amazing. Your stadiums are tiny, no one attends and you show a typical backwater country mentality. I have a feeling that your just bitter about the fact that the meek Welsh beat your "invincible" team. Your facilities in New Zealand leave a lot to be desired. You only got to host the most recent cup due to sentimentality. The world cup was the worst in the professional era in terms of overall attendance and money made. The World Cup is the money maker that keeps many small countries afloat. New Zealand hosting it meant quite a few steps backwards for World Rugby.

      mario.borchards - 2012-06-09 20:47

      Hey Karen, Africa is great and South Africa has more world class stadiums than your beloved NZ and by the way Africa can only be Africa and no other continent!

      ckrohne1 - 2012-06-09 20:48

      Karen- you're an embarrassment to NZ. Now go back to the rock you living under. Boy I would to see the size of that rock...

      ckrohne1 - 2012-06-09 20:55

      Karen; please be honest with me here- do you think NZ will ever host a soccer world cup? If your prime minister have to see your first comment he'll by very disappointed in you.

  • Ivan - 2012-06-10 19:54

    Excellent idea, Cape Town Stadium is great venue.

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