The Moses Mabhida Stadium will host the exhibition match between the Sharks and Begles called the Durban Challenge. Photo: REUTERS/Rogan Ward

DURBAN – The Sharks are looking to make it a full rugby weekend on August17 and 18 this year when they welcome Top 14 French Side, Union Bordeaux Begles, to Moses Mabhida Stadium for a once-off exhibition match in what is being called the Durban Challenge.

The match will happen on the Friday night, at 7pm, the day before the Springboks tackle the Argentinian Pumas in the Rugby Challenge across the road at Kings Park Stadium.

It is expected to operate as a final warm-up opportunity for the Sharks as they prepare to embark on a new Currie Cup campaign, with the hopes of doing one better than last year when they reach the final, only to fall to Western Province.

The Durban Challenge is being billed as an opportunity for the Sharks and the City of Durban to strengthen their ties, and will be the first time the Durban-based side plays an official match in the purpose-built Soccer World Cup Stadium from 2010.

However, it is not the first rugby game to be staged at the stadium as the South African A team faced off against the French Barbarians at Moses Mabhida last year. 

While this is a ground-breaking move for the Sharks, finally making a foray towards their neighbouring stadium, the Sharks’ chief operating officer has assured the Kings Park faithful that the Sharks will still be playing their rugby at the iconic Sharks stadium in 2019.


The Mercury

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