Cape Town - The Namibia Rugby Union will help with funding to ensure that the matches in the Currie Cup First Division take place this year.
According to Netwerk24, Namibia has managed to raise funds of up to R900 000 which will carry the travel expenses of teams like the Leopards, Griffons and Border when they play in Namibia.
This comes after the Leopards last week indicated their intent to forfeit the points in some of their away matches due to financial constraints.
The Leopards were considering not travelling for their away matches against Namibia, Border and Eastern Province.
The Potchefstroom-based union indicated that this was due to SA Rugby’s recent decision to cut the budgets of smaller unions by 52%.
The Currie Cup First Division kicks off this weekend, with the matches in George, Robertson, Windhoek and Kempton Park marking the first of seven action-packed pool rounds.
Currie Cup First Division Round 1 fixtures:
Friday, August 24:
SWD Eagles v Leopards
Venue: Outeniqua Park, George
Referee: Aimee Barrett-Theron
Assistant Referees: Ruhan Meiring and local appointment
Saturday, August 25:
Boland Cavaliers v Eastern Province
Venue: Van Zyl Sport Grounds, Robertson
Referee: Graham Cooper
Assistant Referees: Viv-Richard Adams and Curtley Booysen
Namibia Welwitschias v Griffons
Venue: Hage Geingob Stadium, Windhoek
Referee: Quinton Immelman
Assistant Referees: Local appointments
Valke v Border Bulldogs
Venue: Barnard Stadium, Kempton Park
Referee: Ben Crouse
Assistant Referees: Jaco Pretorius and local appointment