The Golden Lions Rugby Union made a desperate attempt to retain some newsworthiness to the media conference planned for next week, when they denied the venue for Tri-Nations Test between the Springboks and All Blacks had already been confirmed as Soweto.
rugby365.com reported on Thursday that one of the worst-kept secrets in South Africa is set to be confirmed next week - when it will be announced that the Test between the Boks and All Blacks will be played in Soweto.
The South African Rugby Union, in conjunction with the Golden Lions Rugby Union, revealed that a “major announcement” regarding the Boks’ Tri-Nations Test against New Zealand – scheduled for Johannesburg on August 21 – would be made next week.
However, Lions CEO Manie Reyneke suggested that does not mean they will announce the venue of the Test, even though he admitted that Soweto is a possibility.
“Following rumours that the Test between the Springboks and the All Blacks on 21 August 2010 will be moved to National Stadium [Soccer City], the Golden Lions Rugby Union would like to confirm that no decision has yet been made,” Reyneke said in a statement.
“We are considering moving the Springbok Test match to National Stadium, but this has not yet been confirmed. An announcement will be made on Wednesday, 7 July 2010 after final discussions have taken place.
“We cannot make this decision without understanding the risks associated with the move for the GLRU and our sponsors, clubs, suite owners and season ticket holders.
“This is undoubtedly a massive opportunity to carry on with the nation-building that is happening in our country at the moment,” he concluded.
He claimed the decision will only be made early next week and the announcement will be made on Wednesday, at the press conference to held by the GLRU in association with SARU.
So, do you believe him?
rugby365.com can, once again, confirm that the decision has been made and Soccer City will be confirmed as the venue.Tweet