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Province souls not for sale

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :2009 Lions Tour on 14 Apr 2008 at 07:36
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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.


  • WPW

    It seems you WERE paranoid 😉

    What is the Newlands capacity? surely 11k tickets is not THAT big an ask?

  • Comment 1, posted at 14.04.08 07:38:48 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©
  • Titus, Wagner and co. sold their souls,along with everything else that WP owns along time ago. 👿

  • Comment 2, posted at 14.04.08 07:41:48 by Clayton Reply
  • Clayton

    so what you are saying is if THAY had invested the money and pumped it back into Stadium expansions you would have had a Lions test match? 😉

  • Comment 3, posted at 14.04.08 07:47:31 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©
  • And maybe a positive bank balance

  • Comment 4, posted at 14.04.08 07:52:52 by Clayton Reply
  • So what IS the Newlands Capacity?

  • Comment 5, posted at 14.04.08 07:56:42 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©
  • 48 000

  • Comment 6, posted at 14.04.08 08:01:53 by Clayton Reply
  • Sheez so that is pretty small then.

    I am not sure how accurate the SB figures are but they Have the S14 Stadiums as follows.

    Ellispark – 59,611
    Kings Park – 55,000
    Loftus – 52,000
    Newlands – 50,900
    Bloemfontein – 36,538

    if these figures ARE right then the test allocation is also correct IMO.

    The three biggest stadiums have tests, the 4th biggest Stadium has the next most important match.

  • Comment 7, posted at 14.04.08 08:15:41 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©
  • Yea i find it strange, that they feel they didn’t want to sell their souls given the fact they have pretty much sold everything else…..with just Newlands left to go !

  • Comment 8, posted at 14.04.08 08:21:10 by Sauce Reply
    Worcestershire Sauce
  • Well…they won’t be selling any tickets either…

  • Comment 9, posted at 14.04.08 09:07:57 by blackshark (YNWA) Reply

    blackshark - I'm back!
  • No backhanders for Titus and co no doubt!

  • Comment 10, posted at 14.04.08 09:48:11 by bryce_in_oz Reply

  • Those figures are not correct, the EPS capacity is 62500

  • Comment 11, posted at 14.04.08 11:52:50 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply

    walter van Lions World
  • And they are adding another 10k for 2010.

  • Comment 12, posted at 14.04.08 11:54:51 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply

    walter van Lions World
  • Thanks Walter

  • Comment 13, posted at 14.04.08 12:00:23 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©
  • And the biggest crowd we’ve had this year was 11000 for the Blues match…

  • Comment 14, posted at 14.04.08 12:02:12 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply

    walter van Lions World

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