New­lands needs safety cert to host Cham­pi­onship

New Straits Times - - Sport - AFP

JO­HAN­NES­BURG: South Africa will host great­est rugby ri­vals New Zealand in Cape Town on Oct 7 in the Rugby Cham­pi­onship, but the venue has to be con­firmed.

The first-choice sta­dium, New­lands, needs a safety cer­tifi­cate to stage one of the big­gest Test crowd-pullers, a South African Rugby (SAR) state­ment said on Mon­day.

Cape Town Sta­dium, built for the 2010 foot­ball World Cup with Ta­ble Moun­tain as a back­drop, is the prob­a­ble al­ter­na­tive venue. New Zealand last played in Cape Town nine years ago and tri­umphed 19-0 at New­lands in a match notable for All Blacks icon Dan Carter reach­ing 800 Test points.

The Spring­boks host Ar­gentina in Port El­iz­a­beth on Aug 19 and Australia in Bloem­fontein on Sept 30 in other Rugby Cham­pi­onship home fix­tures.

South Africa launch their sea­son with a three-Test home series against France dur­ing June in Pre­to­ria, Dur­ban and Jo­han­nes­burg.

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