Boks to take on Pumas in Joburg

2013-07-05 00:00

THE Springboks will play Argentina on Saturday, August 17, at Soccer City in Johannesburg as part of the Nelson Mandela Sports Day, it was announced yesterday.

The Springboks’ opening Test in the Rugby Championship will move from the Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein, to the fringes of Soweto to form part of a unique initiative that aims to honour the legacy of Madiba.

The Test match forms part of a bonanza sports programme that will include a friendly soccer international between Bafana Bafana and Burkina Faso on the same field, a music concert and other cultural activities.

The Rugby Championship match will kick off at 5 pm with Bafana Bafana taking the field at 1.30 pm in a packed programme of events to honour the former president.

Tickets for the day — which concludes with a music festival following the Springbok Test — are priced from R220 and will go on sale through Computicket outlets from Monday.

Saru president Oregan Hoskins, Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer, Springbok captain Jean de Villiers and several other Springboks were present at the announcement of the event in Sandton.

“I cannot think of a better way for us as sports people, to honour the legacy of Nelson Mandela,” said Hoskins.

“Saru and the Springboks are extremely honoured to be involved in a programme that will honour Madiba’s legacy.”

“Sanzar is supportive of the forthcoming Nelson Mandela Sports Day and believe it will prove a momentous occasion for the Republic of South Africa,” said CEO Greg Peters.

“Sanzar is also appreciative of the Free State Rugby Union and the people of Bloemfontein for being so accommodating to the venue change that sees the South Africa versus Argentina Test moved to Johannesburg.”

Argentine Rugby Union president Luis Castillo said the Pumas were glad to play their part in the event.

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