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SA vs England could be last international at iconic Newlands stadium

South Africa play England at Newlands Rugby stadium on Saturday with there being a strong possibility that it will be the last international to be played at this famous, old venue.

The Western Province Rugby Union is in a dire financial position and is apparently in talks with the City of Cape Town to move rugby to the Cape Town Stadium.

The Boks have been preparing and training at the Cape Town Stadium this week with the captains run to take place at Newlands on Friday.

Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus says history is important but that the speculation wouldn’t affect his team

Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus says: “I am not sure if it’s true the reasoning behind it ,whatever it is. Newlands was special we will enjoy the occasion either way, if it’s the last one or not it’s a lovely stadium to play at.”

Saturday’s Test will be the 55th one contested at Newlands since 1891 when South Africa hosted the British Lions.

But Western Province Rugby Union is in dire financial trouble with Remgro Sport Investments calling in their R44 million loan due to be paid back by the 6th of July.

The Union has also been slapped with a R276 million lawsuit by Aerios for apparently reneging on an advertising rights contract.

The Western Province Rugby Union and the City of Cape Town are believed to be in the final stages of negotiations on a lease agreement for the Cape Town Stadium and that the formal announcement of the move is imminent.

 

 

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