SA A to play at soccer stadiums

The two international matches between South Africa 'A' and the French Barbarians in June will be played at the Orlando Stadium and the Moses Mabhida Stadium.

The opening match between the sides on 16 June in Durban will be the first-ever senior rugby match at Moses Mabhida, which was built for the 2010 Fifa World Cup. The second match will see rugby return to the Orlando Stadium for the first time since the Super Rugby clash between the Bulls and the Stormers in 2010 when nearly 40,000 supporters were in attendance. 

These matches are being hosted with the assistance of the Gauteng Provincial Government and the eThekwini Municipality.

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'The hosting of these matches at two iconic venues will not only make for superb weekends of top-class international rugby between South Africa and France, but are also hugely exciting as we’ll be playing at non-traditional rugby venues,' said SA Rugby CEO Jurie Roux.

'Supporters can look forward to two unique days of international rugby against a French Barbarians team that we understand will be quite strong, and will provide a proper challenge to Johan Ackermann and his SA A team,' he added. 

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