Boks to play France at Newlands as scheduled

World Cup organisers and South Africa's rugby bosses have agreed that the Springbok Test against France at Newlands on June 12 will go ahead as planned.

Danny Jordaan, the chief executive of the World Cup's local organising committee, and Oregan Hoskins, the president of the South African Rugby Union (Saru), announced the decision after a meeting in Johannesburg on Tuesday.

"We had a very helpful and productive meeting that builds on the good spirit of co-operation that we had during the Fifa Confederations Cup," said Jordaan.

In an agreement between the host cities and Fifa, it had been decided that parallel events that could place strain on the city's infrastructure would not be held during the month-long World Cup.

"Following broad consultation with all affected parties, we have agreed with Saru that the Test planned for June 12 can go ahead," said Jordaan.

"The rugby Test is not on the same day as a World Cup match in the city and is not at the same venue, so we are comfortable that it will not impact on our preparations.

"If Saru is comfortable for it to go ahead during this busy time, then that is their call.

"The French fans will certainly not complain - getting to watch their national team play a football match on the Friday and a rugby match on the Saturday in Cape Town."

Cape Town kicks off its World Cup match schedule on Friday June 11 when France play Uruguay at the Cape Town stadium. The rugby Test is scheduled for the following day, Saturday June 12.

The next match to be hosted in the city is on Monday June 14.

The meeting also addressed issues around the potential hosting of the Super 14 semi-finals and finals at the end of May 2010.

"The exclusive-use period of the stadiums by Fifa and the OC commences on May 24, but the rugby authorities committed to ensure that Super 14 semi-finals, which could take place on May 21 or 22, would not impact either on World Cup pitches or on the building of stadium infrastructure.

"In the event of the Super 14 final taking place in South Africa, this would be considered in non-World Cup stadiums only." - Sapa


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