Venue change for Junior World Championship games
The South African Rugby Union (SARU) and the IRB have made the decision to move the remaining 2012 IRB Junior World Championship matches scheduled to be played at Danie Craven Stadium in Stellenbosch.
The surface at the stadium has cut up significantly after two rounds of three matches in the tournament and with further bad weather hitting the Cape Town area over the past couple of days, the decision was made to move the fixtures.
As a result, Newlands Stadium will now host both semi-finals and the fifth place semi-final on Sunday 17 June, with the third place play-off and tournament final being held on Friday 22 June.
Whilst Cape Town Stadium will be the host venue for the final round of pool match on June 12. The matches – Ireland v Italy, South Africa v England and France v Australia – were also previously scheduled for Danie Craven Stadium.
Kick-off times and broadcast arrangements for the above games remain the same, and the matches expected to be played at the University of Western Cape Stadium, Cape Town, remain unchanged.
Commenting on the changes, IRB Junior World Championship Tournament Director Philippe Bourdarias said: “With pitch conditions having deteriorated and little time for it to recover sufficiently between rounds and three matchdays left to play at Danie Craven Stadium, including the semi-finals and the Championship final, all stakeholders, including the venue, agreed that it is in the best interests of the teams and the Championship to switch venues.
“The Danie Craven Stadium has been an outstanding and welcoming host and I would like to thank all of their staff for their hospitality and dedication to staging fantastic matchdays. It is a shame to move, but unfortunately the pitch could not withstand the demand placed upon it given the poor weather conditions.