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