CAPE TOWN – A move for Western Province Rugby from Newlands to Cape Town Stadium could be imminent.
In response to questions by Weekend Argus on when upgrades would be made to the stadium, WP Rugby Football Union president Thelo Wakefield said: “We do not think it is necessary at this time. Why spend money on Newlands now if a move to Cape Town stadium is imminent?”
Wakefield said talks were being held with the City of Cape Town but would not divulge the nature of them, adding that they were confidential and a media statement would be released at “the opportune time”.
Talks on a possible move were not new but with the news that Cape Town Stadium would host Rugby World Cup 2023 matches (if the tournament was awarded to South Africa), the future of Newlands was once again on the table.
“We are confident we will strike a deal,” said Wakefield. “Come 2023, this would be in place already.”