The Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium operator, Access Management, and host union Eastern Province Rugby Union (EPRU) have taken cognizance of the decision by the South African Rugby Union (SARU) not to grant them another four year term of hosting the South African Leg of the International Rugby Board (IRB) Sevens.
This decision was announced at a press conference this morning Friday, 20 March in Cape Town.
“Whilst we are naturally disappointed not to be hosting the South African leg of the 7s going forward, it would be remiss of us not to look back proudly upon the past four years in which we as the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium and the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, were privileged to have hosted this prestigious tournament,” said Chantal Du Pisani, Access Management Chief Executive Officer.
The bid to keep the tournament was tabled at the end of 2014 and was presented days before the Cell C Nelson Mandela Bay Sevens tournament in December 2014.
“The four years that the Cell C Nelson Mandela Bay Sevens was held at our stadium have seen strong growth – not only in attendances which tripled from the previous host city, but also in what it has meant to Nelson Mandela Bay and indeed the Eastern Cape as a whole, by way of economic impact, jobs created and the unity it has created among the people of the Metro.
“We hope the Cell C Nelson Mandela Bay Sevens has been a source of pride to all our residents as well as to SARU and world rugby and we wish the new hosts every success with the hosting of this exciting event,” Du Pisani added.
Charl Crous, EPRU chief executive said, “The Sevens Tournament was a great event and the Eastern Province Rugby were honoured to have been given the chance to host the event.” He felt that it had grown in stature since being hosted in the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.
“We are heading for exciting times for EP Rugby, the Province and the City. In fact, we will have guaranteed Super Rugby for a five year period and are already part of the Currie Cup Premier Division.” added Crous.
“We are very confident that we will be hosting numerous test matches over the next few years. This will mean that the international flavour that the IRB Sevens brought to the City will not diminish and the international exposure of the Eastern Cape Province, the City and the Rugby Union will increase and achieve greater heights. Super Rugby, Currie Cup and future test matches will continue to have a great impact on our region’s economy,” he said.
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