King’s Park and Free State Stadium will not host a Vodacom Tri-Nations Tests this year, much to the disgust of the Natal and Free State Rugby Unions.
While Rustenburg will welcome the Boks and All Blacks during the Tri-Nations, Durban will host minnows Scotland, while Bloem misses out on a Test altogether.
The controversial Super 14 draw, which has the Sharks playing seven away matches, will also stay as is.
“We can’t change anything that influences the overseas teams without the approval of Sanzar,” said Dolf van Huyssteen, acting chairperson of the Board of SA Rugby, after a meeting with the KwaZulu-Natal Rugby Union and Free State Rugby Union on Tuesday.
“It was a very constructive meeting, with open channels of communication and we (Tuesday’s board delegation) fully understand where they’re coming from,” said Van Huyssteen. “We discussed the implications of changing what has already been decided, but it’s not a closed shop.”