DURBAN – MOSES Mabhida Stadium will get it's first taste of rugby on it's green lawns on June 16, but it won't be in the colours of the Sharks or the Boks, but a South Africa "A" squad instead.
For years, the eThekwini Municipality and stadium management, have been trying to convince the Sharks to move across to the stadium that was rebuilt for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
A joint statement by SA Rugby, Moses Mabhida Stadium and The Sharks confirmed that the French Barbarians and South Africa "A" will make the stadium's rugby debut on Friday June 16, while the Springboks and France will lock horns at the Growthpoint Kings Park Stadium on the following day, Saturday June 17.
The Sharks chief executive, Gary Teichmann, said they were proud to be associated with such an historic match.
“We at The Sharks are gearing up to host an exciting Test Match the following day and the support of our community is instrumental to the success of this double-header weekend of rugby in our province,” he said in a statement.
Moses Mabhida Stadium general manager Vusi Mazibuko said: “We are extremely proud as eThekwini Municipality-Moses Mabhida Stadium to be hosting our first international rugby match and welcoming new audiences to our stadium. We are excited to be part of the historic staging of two rugby games at two of Durban’s best loved stadia – Moses Mabhida Stadium and Growthpoint Kings Park – over the Youth Day weekend,” he said.
Tickets will be priced at R40 for scholars and from R60 to R90 for adults, and will go on sale via Computicket and their outlets at Shoprite / Checkers stores from next week. Sharks suiteholders and season ticket holders qualify for a special ticket offer for the match at Moses Mabhida Stadium, which will be communicated directly to them by The Sharks, the statement read.
“The excitement around the matches between SA ‘A’ and the French Barbarians is palpable as it adds something new and exciting to our existing rugby landscape,” said SA Rugby President, Mr Mark Alexander.
“Moses Mabhida Stadium will provide the perfect backdrop for the series-opener between two teams that will be full of Test and future stars in both South Africa and France, and we are hoping that many non-traditional fans will join our die-hard supporters at these matches".
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