Rugby Championship

WP wants All Blacks Test

2014-10-14 09:11
Newlands Rugby Stadium (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - The Western Province Rugby Union wants to persuade the South African Rugby Union to hand Newlands the Springbok-All Black Rugby Championship Test next year.

This comes after SANZAR on Monday issued a release revealing that the Springboks will tackle the All Blacks at a South African venue to be decided on Saturday, July 25.

It will be part of a curtailed, single-round Rugby Championship for the first time since its inception in 2012, a situation brought about by the priority given to next year’s World Cup in England and Wales from September.

The Boks play both the defending champion All Blacks and Argentina (Saturday, August 8, venue also undisclosed) at home, with their only overseas obligation being against Australia in Brisbane (Saturday, July 18).

WP president Thelo Wakefield told Die Burger that they will send a letter to SARU president Oregan Hoskins to consider handing the All Black Test to Newlands.

Wakefield said they will ask SARU's executive council to give the matter some serious thought because the "Cape's people deserve it".

Newlands last hosted a Springbok-All Black Test in 2008, when the All Blacks won 19-0.

It's no secret that the All Blacks have a big support base in Cape Town and tensions have often reached boiling point between the respective fans when Kiwi teams visit Newlands.

It could be given as a reason why SARU has been reluctant in recent times to bring the All Blacks to the Mother City.

However, Wakefield dismissed the notion that the Boks won't be well supported.

"The support for the Boks here is overwhelming. We saw recently how the crowd backed the Boks in their game against the Wallabies. It will be the same against the All Blacks."

The 2015 Rugby Championship schedule:

Round 1:
Friday 17 July: New Zealand v Argentina - AMI Stadium, Christchurch
Saturday 18 July: Australia v South Africa - Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane

Round 2:
Saturday 25 July: South Africa v New Zealand - Venue TBC
Saturday 25 July: Argentina v Australia - Venue TBC

Round 3:
Saturday 8 August: Australia v New Zealand - ANZ Stadium, Sydney
Saturday 8 August: South Africa v Argentina - Venue TBC

Additional week (not for competition points):
Saturday 15 August: New Zealand v Australia - Eden Park, Auckland
Saturday 15 August: Argentina v South Africa - Venue TBC

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