Richard Ferguson

PE v CT v Rustenburg

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Admin, In the news, Sevens on 30 Nov 2010 at 16:07
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The city council of Port Elizabeth called on residents to support next weekend’s Nelson Mandela Bay Sevens as officials prepare to launch the city’s bid for the South African leg of the International Rugby Board (IRB) World Sevens Series.

Nelson Mandela Bay will bid against Cape Town and Rustenburg for the right to host the event for a five-year period starting December 2011.

“Bay residents and sports lovers will need to demonstrate that they are behind the bid by actively supporting through media, word of mouth and all other avenues that are available,” said municipal spokesman Ongama Mtimka.

As part of the bid process, the municipality, which has sponsored the Nelson Mandela Bay Sevens since its inception five years ago, would need to demonstrate that it had hosted successful tournaments in the past.

“Our plans for hosting the Nelson Mandela Bay Sevens were always linked with our intentions of hosting the IRB Sevens,” Mtimka said.

“The tournament has demonstrated our ability to stage sevens matches and stimulated local support for this version of rugby.”

Organiser Laurence Finn said their original vision had been to establish the Bay as “the home of sevens rugby”.

“When we started five years ago, sevens rugby was a minnow sport without Olympic accreditation,” Finn said.

“The game was barely alive at provincial level and most rugby supporters didn’t even understand the rules.”

This year’s tournament, which takes place at Andrew Rabie High School on December 3 and 4, has attracted more than 1,200 participants from across the country.

“Over the past five years, we have also run South Africa’s only sustainable sevens rugby coaching programme, which has seen thousands of boys and girls introduced to the sport,” said Finn.

He believed this developmental legacy would help to sway the IRB officials in the favour of Nelson Mandela Bay.

According to the deputy chair of the parliamentary sports committee, Cedrick Frolick, the government would also support the Eastern Cape bid.

Mtimka said that, while the metro was excited that the bid enjoyed recognition from national stakeholders, “it must be viewed from the basis that we have actively canvassed to host the event when the existing contract with George comes to an end.”

The metro’s bidding process will be conducted in partnership with key stakeholders Eastern Province Rugby and the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium management.

“The FIFA Soccer World Cup confirmed the significance of hosting major events in the city,” said Mtimka.

“Aside from the direct income expected during the event, the IRB Sevens brand has grown significantly and we believe our association with it will bring enormous exposure through being linked with other major international host cities.”

The Nelson Mandela Bay Sevens has in the past featured top international and Springbok players and is also widely acknowledged as a showcase for up-and-coming talent.

Article courtesy of Rugby365


  • Who the hell wants to go to Rusteburg?

  • Comment 1, posted at 30.11.10 16:14:31 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
  • @Clayton(PJLD) (Comment 1) :

    I reckon CT will walk this.. unless they want to go to another small town like George..

    THe best thing about Rustenburg is road that runs through it to go to Sun City

  • Comment 2, posted at 30.11.10 16:16:31 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 2) : Thing is the road runs through it, CT stadium has got clubs pubs beaches hotels within farting distance.

    PE may get the nod because of SARU trying to grow the game in EP

  • Comment 3, posted at 30.11.10 16:28:26 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
  • @Clayton(PJLD) (Comment 1) : πŸ‘Ώ better than the snore city at least we can c some small moutains the magalies and we can still breath freash air and take a ride in our auto mobiles in the city and nt get lost :mrgreen: πŸ™‚

  • Comment 4, posted at 01.12.10 11:01:20 by chaz Reply

  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 2) : :mrgreen: πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 5, posted at 01.12.10 11:01:42 by chaz Reply

  • @Clayton(PJLD) (Comment 3) : true its always great when we can walk on the beaches etc so CT looks like they’ll take it πŸ˜† πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 6, posted at 01.12.10 11:02:47 by chaz Reply

  • @Clayton(PJLD) (Comment 3) :

    PE would be a great place to have it.

    The logical thing would be for CT, as they have the infrastructure. But as you say, the EP region will be pushing hard for the growth there.

  • Comment 7, posted at 01.12.10 11:05:36 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Good luck to who ever wins

  • Comment 8, posted at 01.12.10 11:06:55 by chaz Reply

  • @Clayton(PJLD) (Comment 1) : @Richard Ferguson (Comment 2) : Cmon now ❗ This is not such a bad place. The Royal Bafokeng is a great stadium? Have any one of you been there?

  • Comment 9, posted at 02.12.10 09:33:52 by SharksRTB Reply

  • @SharksRTB (Comment 9) :

    Yes I have been there, and it reminds me too much of Pietermaritzburg.

  • Comment 10, posted at 02.12.10 09:43:10 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 10) : Are you drunk?? Comparing Maritzburg to Rustenburg is like comparing Angelina Jolie to Susan Boyle.

  • Comment 11, posted at 02.12.10 10:21:28 by MysticShark Reply
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  • @MysticShark (Comment 11) : Im assuming that PMB is Susan Boyle? 😎

  • Comment 12, posted at 02.12.10 10:22:46 by SharksRTB Reply

  • I am originally from KZN so I will always fancy those places over the North-West. Although the wild-life is pretty spectacular here…. The amount of mines in the region really spoils it a bit. There is not that much rugby here, so thats the only reason RTB will get my vote.

  • Comment 13, posted at 02.12.10 10:26:28 by SharksRTB Reply

  • @SharksRTB (Comment 9) : Ok besides the stadium….

  • Comment 14, posted at 02.12.10 10:53:48 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
  • hey whats wrong with maritzburg?!

  • Comment 15, posted at 03.12.10 11:58:02 by RuckingFun Reply


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