Port Elizabeth to Host Springboks vs All Blacks Test in 2011

www.MyPE.co.za: The
last time that the All Blacks played in Port Elizabeth was 41 years
ago. That they will be playing against the Springboks next year at the
NMB
Stadium
is sure to warm the cockles of local rugby fans no
end.
This announcement was made today following a decision by the Executive
Council of the South African Rugby Union.

The decision was taken as part of SARU’s commitment to bring top-flight
rugby to the Eastern Cape region. The award is conditional on agreement
that all three unions in the Southern Kings region (Eastern Province,
Border and South Western Districts) should benefit from the award and
on agreement on an appropriate Test match hosting model.

It means Vodacom Tri-Nations rugby will be played in the Eastern Cape
region for the first time, while it would be the first visit of the All
Blacks to the region since 1970.

“There is a hunger in the region for top flight rugby,” said Mr Oregan
Hoskins, the president of SARU. “Port Elizabeth now has a top flight
venue in the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium and SARU has a long-standing
commitment to assist in bringing top flight-rugby back to the region.
This is a tangible proof of our commitment.”

The 2011 Vodacom Tri-Nations Test against Australia was allocated to
the KwaZulu-Natal Rugby Union, subject to discussions with the union.

The meeting also appointed East London businessman Monde Tabata to the
Executive Council, joining Mike Stofile as the second independent
member and filling a vacancy that had been open since the elections in
March.

Other decisions taken by
the council were:

  • The Exco will call for tenders from all 14 provincial
    unions to host
    the South African leg of the IRB World Sevens Series, according to the
    IRB’s criteria for host venues.
  • Applications will be sought for the position of SA Under-20
    coach and
    assistant coaches to cover the 2011, 2012 and 2013 IRB Junior World
    Championship competitions.
  • The CEOs of all 14 unions are to be called to a meeting for
    their
    inputs on: Vodacom Super Rugby franchise fees and the division of
    unions within franchises; the Test match hosting model.
  • The competitions committee was instructed to formulate a
    proposal to
    assist the Southern Kings in their preparations for potential Vodacom
    Super Rugby inclusion in 2013.
  • Approval was granted for an international sevens
    tournament, under the
    auspices of the Leopards Rugby Union, to be held in Rustenburg from
    September 24 to 26, 2010.

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