WPRFU Statement – Hosting of Heineken Cup match between Saracens and Biarritz.

PUBLISHED: November 15, 2011

After a recent meeting by the Western Province Rugby Football Union Executive Committee, the request by SARACENS to host the match at Cape Town Stadium was considered.

However, the Executive Committee decided that the home of rugby, Newlands, would stage this historic match. According to the South African Rugby Union Constitution the final decision regarding the match venue lies in the hands of the host union.

The WPRFU Executive Committee unanimously agreed that Newlands is currently the home of rugby in the Western Province, and will be treated as such for the foreseeable future. The Western Province Rugby Football Union embraces such an historic match which will form part of the busy 2012 Super Rugby and Test Match schedule at Newlands Stadium.

Newlands is one of the oldest rugby stadia in the world, with excellent facilities and currently boasts some of the highest attendance levels in world rugby.

The decision to agree to the hosting of the match at Newlands was made in the best interests of WP Rugby and once again shows loyalty to its suite holders and fans who regularly attend matches at Newlands.

The WPRFU wholeheartedly embraces the idea of Cape Town attracting international matches and looks forward to hosting other high profile matches at Newlands.