International rugby returns to Soweto

The South African Rugby Union in partnership with the Gauteng Provincial Government will be hosting a double-header night of action at the Orlando Stadium in Soweto next month.

The double-header will feature a curtain-raiser between the Xerox Golden Lions and Vodacom Blue Bulls in a SuperSport Rugby Challenge match followed by the SA ‘A’ taking on a French Barbarians team led by former Sharks and French International player Frédéric Michalak.

Tickets have been aggressively priced to make international rugby as accessible as possible, with prices starting at R40. Options for R60 and R80 are also on offer and will be available soon through Computicket and at their outlets at Shoprite and Checkers.

SA Rugby and the Gauteng Provincial Government will also be using the game to further expose youngsters from Soweto to the game of rugby by transporting them to the match.

“As the Gauteng Provincial Government, it is our firm belief that meaningful change can only happen when we embrace community based, citizen driven and civil society initiatives which contribute to social cohesion, economic inclusion, non-racialism, non-sexism, peace and harmony among the diverse and cosmopolitan people of Gauteng and this prestigious International Rugby Game strategically provides such a platform,” Faith Mazibuko, Gauteng MEC for Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation said.

The match will take place the day before the Springboks take on France in the final of the three-match Test series between the two countries at Emirates Arline Park (formerly Ellis Park).

“We are very excited to be partnering with the Gauteng Provincial Government in this major initiative to take top flight professional rugby back into Soweto,” Mark Alexander, President of SA Rugby said.

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