Western Province were not prepared to “sell our souls” and that was why the union was not included in the list of venues for Test matches for next year’s British and Irish Lions tour.
News 24 reports that WP President Tobie Titus told the Afrikaans Sunday newspaper Sondag that the union was not prepared to compromise their stakeholders, and ultimately had to give up the fight to host a Test match. It is the first time that Newlands will not host a Lions Test in the history of the composite side.
“There were too many logistical problems, ” Titus told Sondag, “If we wanted to meet the quota of tickets that they wanted for the Lions supporters, then we would have had to turn away our season ticket and suite holders in the process.
“Newlands will not be part of any agreement that states that 11 000 tickets need to be made available for the Lions supporters. WP Rugby Union could not give that sort of assurance and that is why Newlands was not given a Test match.
“We did get a consolation prize of a game against Western Province.” Titus did however slam the organisers for the way they put the itinerary together.
“They should have first negotiated the number of tickets with the various provincial unions before they signed the agreement with the Lions tour management.
“Rugby is a business, and we could not allow a situation where the Lions tour management walk all over us. We could not also give up our birthright to look after our loyal supporters.”
Newlands will also host a game against the Emerging Boks.Tweet