Rugby cleared for WC stadiums

2010-04-20 16:22

Cape Town - South African Super 14 rugby teams the Bulls and the Cheetahs will play their remaining regular season games at their home stadiums as planned despite concerns over damage to pitches at the World Cup venues.

Parliamentary committee on sport chairman Butana Komphela said on Tuesday that football and rugby had "pledged to support each other as brothers" after meeting with representatives of the teams and South African Rugby Union president Oregan Hoskins.

Komphela was reportedly unhappy with the grass at Pretoria's Loftus Versfeld stadium and Vodacom Park in Bloemfontein, but the teams will not be moved out. They will hand the venues to FIFA at the end of May, as initially agreed.

Bulls CEO Barend van Graan said, "We are totally behind the World Cup."


  • MB - 2010-04-20 16:36

    Who is Komphela? Is he that midget that wanted to take the Springboks passports away? He can hardly see over the grass.

  • Ben - 2010-04-20 16:53

    how much does this idiot get paid as an MP? Also does he get paid extra to chair this comittee? he should go out and help remove the refuse, the cities are beginning to smell like his comments

  • STORMER - 2010-04-20 17:09

    And this good news has just cured all erectile dysfunction in Tshwane....

  • Shorts - 2010-04-20 17:11

    Let's just be extremely thankful that commonsense has prevailed. Both the Super 14 and the Soccer World Cup are key events in South Africa this year and I would like to believe that the relevant 'powers-that-be' not only realise this but have also committed themselves totally to doing what must be done to avoid any disruption to either sport by working closely together to make it happen. Making personal attacks through the media on any particular individual is not going to help the spirit of objective interaction & co-operation. Many of us may dislike Komphela and the political party that he represents but let's try to keep our attention and focus on fact, as opposed to over-emotional & potentially discriminatory public rhetoric.

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  • Rico - 2010-04-20 17:23

    Mark my words, this is gonna be a big embarrasment for SA at the SWC. Those pitches is NOT going to be up to scratch. Seriously what is worse, moving the matches to a different location and make local fans travel to a different place for a couple couple of matches in decades or embarrass SA's reputation to host a truely global sporting event. Lets be real in a global context Rugby and Cricket is small fry compared to soccer. The success of the SWC will also greatly affect SA's chance to host the Olympics in future.

  • Going Up in Smoke - 2010-04-20 18:01

    This white tendency of playing rugby on the grass must end. We need a revolutionary house... Sorry revolutionize the rugby... sorry the garden...I mean grow the lawn must be cut every week and the water... she is also important! And why are there no indians or chinese playing rugby? Now where is my 'phat' salary?... and no, I will not pay for the expenses of the rugby union to get to my portfolio hearing!

  • Reinardt Bronkhorst - 2010-04-20 18:05

    The SWC is allready near bankrupting us @RICO so who gives a crap about the condition of the pitch for the soccer world cup. The only problem here is that we have to use revenue from rugby to sponsor the stupid soccer world cup! There is NO benefit from that tournament. Even the lies about the levels of tourism has come to the fore. We stand to lose somewhere btwn 20 and 30 billion rand by hosting this. That's something you and I have to pay for. And I know no-one asked me if I wanted to pay that. So use the stadiums for something that actually makes money. Hell throw concerts there while we can, political meetings, heck anything we can think of that actually brings an income so maybe our great grand children can look back and go, thanks God that debacle is behind us!

  • For_us_rugby_is_king - 2010-04-20 18:15

    @Rico. Apparently rugby is a small fry compared to soccer. Well, in Pretoria & Bloem it is NOT. You cannot expect for rugby to now take second spot because there is a world cup in SA - I can guarantee you most rugby fans are not interested in alice-band wearing soccer players and what they think about the state of Loftus. We care about rugby - it is in our blood and we are not to get batted around by soccer. You honestly think the success or failure of the SWC will affect SA's chances of hosting the Olympics in SA? I can guarantee you there will never be any form of Olympics before crime has not been sorted out - SA almost lost the SWC because of crime and poor planning, not because of the state of Loftus's grass!

  • Greg - 2010-04-20 18:29

    Rugby is by far more important than soccer. Soccer has a huligan stigma, Rugby instils discipline. Those soccer boys need to find another venue if they are keen to winge. The Rugby World Cup is far bigger than the Soccer World Cup.

  • Greg - 2010-04-20 18:36

    @Rico: Wake up boetiejie, we will never get the olympics ever, we just are too incompetent. If it was not for Blatter keeping the dissension down then we would have already lost the right to host the soccer world cup. Rugby is a true money spinner and a far better brand to back.

  • Tbla - 2010-04-20 19:27

    @STORMER nice one. As for Dronkhorst & rugby_is_king well soccer teams have always made way at other stadiums (Ellis Park) even on big matches for rugby and it was ok. Why did the rugby guys agree for soccer to be played there anyway? Change and acceptance and tolerance is far from being achieved in our land. PEACE

  • @ Going up in smoke - 2010-04-20 19:53

    'White tendency to play on the grass...' That was hilarious, I think I weed a little. LOL

  • PC - 2010-04-20 19:56

    "Bulls CEO Barend van Graan said, "We are totally behind the World Cup." - because dare he be branded unSouth African, or worse, a Klipdrift sipping a racist, for resisting.

  • interested - 2010-04-20 19:59

    although Kompela is no expert on turf, he has a position in sporting's governing body, and if concerned over what he perceives to be a possible problem in presenting the biggest show to ever hit SA, he is quite within his rights and position to request clarification, this has been done and the storm in a teacup over. But to have comments such as those posted by Rico and Greg makes one realise how uninformed and emotional most of us SA's are. Rather look at the facts, consider them before blurting out whatever comes to mind, drop the racial attacks on all and sundry, and lets fight crime and poor service delivery instead. If we really pull together as one nation, we can present an excellent SWC, which will brings us together & tourists and investors back to our shores.

  • @interested - 2010-04-20 21:38

    wake-up and smell the garbage in the streets! that is the correct way to present your country to the world!

  • Starrider - 2010-04-20 21:58

    A little bit more than a month ago, the govt and FIFA clearly stated that Loftus was not up to World cup standards....which suited everyone. Now, due to the incompetence of Khopela and his cronies, there is a mad rush to find other suitable fields to play on! Billions of Rands wasted on stadiums, and a tournament that verges on failure due to the ANC's racial policies. These stadiums will be half filled with locals and other neighbors who will be flocking across the borders using free visas issued by home affairs. They probably won't go back to their own countries...just climb on the social gravy train in SA. This will be a failure and will finally show this govt's incapacity, much to the embarassment of the nation. Well Done

  • Rg - 2010-04-20 23:34 so funny I never laugh like this on a comment. Are for real when you say rugby is bigger than soccer?...or maybe it is programmed in your head while you were young without International knowledge on sports...wake up and see reality, or are you in denial.

  • Fly - 2010-04-21 07:54

    Rugby (one of the 2 sports in SA that at least delivers some good results) have won!! Yes! At least the bad pitches at SWC will help take the focus of the crime in SA, which the foreigners will experience for themselves

  • Sense - 2010-04-21 07:55

    Bottem line. They agreed to this in the first place. We cannot change agreements simply because we change our mind. People need to understand this.

  • jackey - 2010-04-21 08:58

    @Greg....Do you actually believe that rubbish you have just posted ???? Rugby is bigger that Football ???? Perhaps in the farm that you are from but not in the real world...It does,nt instill discipline, its a sports for bullies, so yes in this case ...Rugby will just have to play second fiddle, this is the FIFA World Cup we talking about...Not every thing is about brandy & coke you know !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Neil - 2010-04-21 09:08

    Loving some of the replies :) . Does anyone think that the majority of people that actually are prepared to put money into their support and sport eg. rugby and cricket supporters , gives a rat's a%& about the soccer . We want to give such a good image for the soccer world cup but in all honesty soccer has done nothing for this country . Rugby and cricket is what keeps us on the map and as a true South African I would say that ALLWAYS should have priority . In those 2 sports we are keeping 1st and 2nd spots in world rankings , our soccer is a joke . So nothing about the soccer WC would represent anything of true South African sports tradition . They can go play soccer on mud and turf fields for all I care , because that is what our soccer standard in this country deserves . We should never have been allowed to host this and I am also looking forward to what a joke it will be .

  • Lardus - 2010-04-21 09:09

    The socalled "inspection" was done BEFORE Loftus had a totally new pitch layed. It took those idiots this long to call a meeting!! HAHA

  • Rico - 2010-04-21 14:23

    I cannot believe the crap that Reinardt and Greg are spewing. Geez man, anyone can pull such "facts" out of their ass. FACT: SWC has led to significant upgrade of the infrastructure to your beloved cities/sport stadiums. Stop being so narrowminded. Rugby and cricket does basically fokol for the majority of people living in SA, and that is a fact. And soccer does not do much either, but at least soccer has a way bigger sustained following in this country. Its not about the sport, its about SA taking on big projects and making a success of it. This is not just some small rugby/cricket world cup. This is MAJOR. You only complain because you need to feel validated by your country's sporting success in these minor (Cricket and Rugby) global sporting codes. The only two sporting codes you really care about. I bet you table tennis and chess are probably bigger worldwide when it comes to country participation. And then there is athletics, swimming, etc. etc. How damn narrowminded can you be?

  • SUIDWESTER - 2010-04-21 16:32

    The point that everyone of you soccer guys must remeber is that Loftus and Ellis park was build for rugby, used for rugby and owned by rugby. With other words its RUGBY STADIUMS. So if soccer is so big deal as all of u make it, and rugby so small, then why the hell do u want to use our rugby stadiums???? Maybe South African soccer bosses and politicians must apply a quota system to the national soccer team, (reverse one that they applied to rugby), then SA will be able to get on the map with soccer. Viva Brannas en Coke!!!

  • Greg - 2010-04-22 19:59

    @jackey and Rg: Firstly none of that rubbish ever passes my lips, so I always perfectly sober. Secondly Rugby is not a sport of bullies real men and boys play Rugby. Soccer has an on and off the field hooligan stigma attached to it, with compelling evidence to prove this over and over again. If you want true discipline play Rugby and teach it to the youth, chuck soccer out because of the rubbish it creates. There is continuos proof of high schools that introduced soccer into the sport system and the problems started. When soccer was removed and Rugby took over as the main winter sport the discipline retured and the schools stature in the community changed. I'm now talking about a school in the north of Johannesburg. Wake boys get rid of soccer it's rubbish and creates rubbish. Rugby players are gentlemen and are honorable people.

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