The Western Province Rugby Union wants to persuade the South African Rugby Union to hand Newlands the Springboks / All Blacks Rugby Championship Test next year.
This comes after SANZAR on Monday issued a release revealing that the Springboks will tackle the All Blacks at a South African venue to be decided on Saturday, 25 July.
It will be part of a curtailed, single-round Rugby Championship for the first time since its inception in 2012, a situation brought about by the priority given to next year’s World Cup in England and Wales from September.
The Boks play both the defending champion All Blacks and Argentina (Saturday, 8 August) at home, with their only overseas obligation being against Australia in Brisbane (Saturday, 18 July).
WP president Thelo Wakefield said that they will send a letter to SARU president Oregan Hoskins to consider handing the All Blacks Test to Newlands.
Wakefield said they will ask SARU’s executive council to give the matter some serious thought because the “Cape’s people deserve it”.
Newlands last hosted a Springboks / All Blacks Test in 2008, when the All Blacks won 19-0.
It’s no secret that the All Blacks have a big support base in Cape Town and tensions have often reached boiling point between the respective fans when Kiwi teams visit Newlands.
It could be given as a reason why SARU has been reluctant in recent times to bring the All Blacks to the Mother City.
However, Wakefield dismissed the notion that the Boks won’t be well supported.
“The support for the Boks here is overwhelming. We saw recently how the crowd backed the Boks in their game against the Wallabies. It will be the same against the All Blacks.”
The 2015 Rugby Championship schedule:
- Friday 17 July: New Zealand vs Argentina – AMI Stadium, Christchurch
- Saturday 18 July: Australia vs South Africa – Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
- Saturday 25 July: South Africa vs New Zealand – Venue TBA
- Saturday 25 July: Argentina vs Australia – Venue TBA
- Saturday 8 August: Australia vs New Zealand – ANZ Stadium, Sydney
- Saturday 8 August: South Africa vs Argentina – Venue TBA
Additional week (not for competition points):
- Saturday 15 August: New Zealand vs Australia – Eden Park, Auckland
- Saturday 15 August: Argentina vs South Africa – Venue TBA