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Time for the Rugby Championship to come to Durban


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Springboks on 19 Nov 2014 at 11:49
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Looking back over the recent Springbok home fixtures in the Rugby Championship, there’s one fact that stands out like a dog’s balls. Kings Park in Durban has not been awarded a fixture in the competition since it’s re-branding as such in 2012.

Kings Park last hosted a “big test” in the 2011 season, with Australia playing the Boks in Durban in the final year of the Tri-Nations competition. Since then, despite the expansion of the competition and the inclusion of Argentina, the flagship Southern Hemisphere series has boycotted the East Coast, with at least two matches played at Loftus, Newlands, Ellis Park and the National Stadium in Soweto during that time.

As one of the premier unions in the country, with one of the finest stadiums, the Sharks (and Durban) frankly deserve better.

The All Blacks play the Springboks in South Africa on 25 July 2015, as part of a shortened Rugby Championship competition in the World Cup year. SARU have yet to decide on a venue for that test and the Sharks would dearly love it to take place in Durban. Given that the last time the All Blacks played in Durban was 2009 (with Johannesburg hosting them an incredible four times since then), I feel that it is only fair and reasonable to expect that SARU should allocate that test to Kings Park.

I urge all Sharks fans to make contact with the national body and express their strongest feelings on this point (respectfully, though, as behoves a Sharks fan!) ahead of 9 December, when they will apaprently announce their decision on Test venues for 2015.

Let’s use the hashtag #AllBlacksForDurban to show our support for this cause and leave SARU in no doubt whatsoever that they simply have no other choice but to bring the world’s greatest rugby clash to Durban on 25 July next year.

You can contact SARU via FaceBook and Twitter.



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