South Africa’s world champion Springboks.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa’s world champion Springboks will play New Zealand in a rugby match at Soccer City, the venue for the World Cup final.
South Africa Rugby Union president Oregan Hoskins said Wednesday it was a “groundbreaking decision” to move the Aug. 21 Tri-Nations game between the Springboks and the All Blacks to the “iconic” 88,791-seat stadium.
“This is an historic day and one in which the whole of South Africa can celebrate,” Hoskins said. He added it allowed South Africa to continue the “nation building through sport” enjoyed throughout the World Cup.
Kevin de Klerk, president of Johannesburg’s Golden Lions rugby union, said it had been considering moving the game from Ellis Park to Soccer City for the past year.