Newlands to lose New Zealand Test?

Newlands could lose the right to host a Rugby Championship Test between South Africa and New Zealand later this year.

According to an article in the Rapport newspaper, the Cape Town-based venue is set to host an All Blacks Test for the first time since 2008 but there are concerns whether the stadium will be able to provide sufficient safety assurances.

SA Rugby president Mark Alexander said the Western Province Rugby Union (WPRU) has to submit a stadium security certificate by June so that they can secure the Test.

“I do not think there will be a problem, but if there is, we'll have to move the Test elsewhere,” he revealed.

“It's legislation in the country. If you do not have it (the certificate), we cannot stage a Test there. They have a deadline – the Test is in October, and they have to meet that deadline.”

South Africa are yet to confirm their three home venues for the upcoming Rugby Championship, something which New Zealand and Australia have confirmed months ago.

The Springboks are scheduled to host los Pumas on August 19, the Wallabies on September 30 and the All Blacks on October 7.

New Zealand claimed a 19-0 win over South Africa in their last Test at Newlands in 2008.

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