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A buzz in “The Spruit”

Written by Gerhard van der Westhuizen (G West)

Posted in :Original Content, Springboks on 10 Jun 2013 at 13:50
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In 2007 when the first shovel broke the soil at the Mbombela Stadium’s building site, there was a feeling of good fortune and excitement in the air which was soon replaced with dust, smoke, chaos, politics and some poor management at times. But in the end a magnificent stadium was constructed for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. A few months after the world cup success, the first rugby game was played on the pitch between the Pumas and Blue Bulls, on the 27th of August 2010.

Since then every single rugby fan in Nelspruit was hoping for some good rugby matches to take place. It was slow at first, with only a few Currie Cup games taking place, until the Steval Pumas signed a contract with the stadium to make it their new home ground and managed to host the 2013 Vodacom Cup Final, which they unfortunately lost to the Golden Lions. And now after a long wait since the stadium was constructed Nelspruit, it is finally getting an international rugby game.

For the past month social media folks around Nelspruit have been voicing their excitement about the matches that will take place this coming Saturday. There was also much talk about the local boy Heyneke Meyer who, as most of you should know, comes from Nelspruit. So the game is not just about bringing international rugby to a beautiful city, but also a tribute to a man who climbed the SA rugby ladder until he reached the pinnacle.

In conclusion I would personally like to thank SARU and the Mbombela Municipality for making this event possible, and I would like to encourage all “Nelspruiters” to make this event a huge success, so that there is a good foundation for future international rugby at Mbombela Stadium.



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