Stormers to don red armbands

2015-03-06 22:03

Cape Town - The Stormers will wear red armbands in Saturday's Vodacom Super Rugby clash against the Sharks at Newlands, as a show of solidarity with and as a mark of respect for all the firefighters after the recent Cape fires.

Cape Town's South Peninsula has been hard hit by blazing fires this past week, but the true spirit of the city continued to shine through in the toughest circumstances possible.

The decision to wear red armbands was made after a conversation between Stormers coach Allister Coetzee and skipper Duane Vermeulen on Wednesday, before it was put to the entire team on Thursday.

"As a playing group we wanted to show our support for the selfless bravery of those that battled fires across all the communities of the region this past week," said captain Vermeulen on Friday.

The Stormers No 8 continued: "In addition, whatever and wherever the issue, disaster or hardship it seems to bring the best out of the people of the Cape. It's been a testing week for the city of Cape Town, in particular, but it has been remarkable to see people stand together and all the good that has come out of a bad situation.

"As the Stormers we would like to show our support in some way for our beautiful city, the region, the brave and selfless fire-fighters and the amazing community spirit that continues to stand tall - especially when times are tough.

"Tomorrow is obviously a big game for us and we, as players, will continue to represent the Cape region - and its amazing people - with pride whenever we wear a Stormers jersey."

The Stormers are already planning to host some of the firefighters at Newlands next Saturday (March 14), when the Chiefs visit Newlands.


  • Stephen Trenam - 2015-03-06 22:15

    That's some good support, was in CT not too long ago, what a shame. Wish all the best for those firefighters and pray for no casualties, maybe the Sharks should wear red armbands too in a gesture of solidarity in the face of such a catastrophe.

      Rocco DeWet - 2015-03-06 22:42

      Wow Trenam. Potential for personal growth after all. Nice comment.

      Gluteus Maximus - 2015-03-07 00:51

      He has a boyfriend in every town including the fire fighters in Cape Town

      Sean Wolf - 2015-03-07 12:35

      @Stephen - Well said !

  • Wilfred Williams - 2015-03-06 22:48

    Good gesture, STORMERS

  • Johan Steyn - 2015-03-06 23:22

    Ja shame dis sad. Die brandweermanne stel hulself in gevaar en vat 'n groot risiko om mense te red wie hul nie eers ken nie. God will bless each firefighter.

  • Rene Ferreira - 2015-03-06 23:26

    Amen, Wilfred.

  • Dominic Wieners - 2015-03-07 00:25

    It would be awesome if the sharks would do the same... From an avid sharks fan

  • Ludfia Albertus - 2015-03-07 05:17

    Good gesture. That's what u call solidarity! ! Give those Stormers Guys a Bell!!

  • Nettie Potgieter - 2015-03-07 06:41

    Good for the Stormers. What I can not understand is why the Bulls don't get the same respect when they play in pink to show solidarity with woman and men who has breast cancer?

      Pieter Klaasen - 2015-03-07 14:26

      Ek stem saam met jou Nettie. Daar word eerder met hulle gespot. Ek het bv. verlede Saterdag al my hare af gesny in ondersteuning vir mense met kanker, alhoewel ek ook een is.

  • Donald Ceronio - 2015-03-07 07:53

    The difference between Duane and Bissie. Duane's gesture red arm bands. Bissie's gesture swearing and punching. Stormers to take this one.

  • Gaven Daries - 2015-03-07 12:17

    Fire fighters was just doing there job. Next thing they will have wear red armbands for street sweepers who brave the Main road at night keeping it clean. SHARKS TO BURN THE STORMERS TODAY.

  • Spikes Joubert - 2015-03-07 13:04

    Traditionally red and blue ribbons, bows or armbands are used to show respect for fire fighters. Have a look on the international fire fighters day website.

  • Wayne Truter - 2015-03-07 13:29

    Were just doing their job and did it like heroes, salute to the fire fighters! Stormers to take this one today although it will not be plain sailing.

  • Pieter Klaasen - 2015-03-07 14:21

    Proud of you Stormers. In prayer i support those firefighters.

  • Raymond Schep - 2015-03-08 07:31

    The red white and blue, eh might as well sing the "Oh Say Can You See" at the start of the game. Yes the Kapenaars are truly gifted and resourceful. Some farmers instead of selling "Wyn" can now sell "Brandewyn".

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