SOLD OUT – Tickets sold out for Boks v Wales test at Loftus

The ‘Sold Out’ signs have gone up at Loftus Versfeld for the upcoming Castle Lager Incoming Series test match between the Springboks and Wales on Saturday.

All 50 000 seats at the Tshwane-based stadium were sold out on Tuesday afternoon following heightened interest in the first match in front of spectators on home soil for the Springboks since their 2019 World Cup victory.

With the full capacity crowd, Loftus Versfeld will claim the record of having hosted the biggest crowd for a test match between the Springboks and Welsh Dragons in South Africa.

 

WARNING: Fake rugby tickets on circuit

The Blue Bulls Company and SA Rugby is cautioning fans about purchasing fake match-day tickets which may be in circulation from fraudulent websites who have no rights to sell any rugby tickets in SA.

SA Rugby, the Blue Bulls Company, franchises and unions have received numerous queries and complaints recently about dubious websites, such as Viagogo, who have been unlawfully selling tickets for as much as up to 400% of the selling price for the authentic tickets sold on reputable websites or the official ticket offices.

Not only is this fraudulent activity hampering the economic status of the SA rugby fraternity that is still trying to recover from the recent impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, but there is further concern for the swindling of unsuspecting lovers of the game of rugby.

Only tickets purchased at the Loftus Versfeld ticket office or online on the Ticketpro website will be valid. Any other tickets that have been bought elsewhere will  not grant fans entry into the stadium.

Vodacom Bulls to face Lyon and Exeter Chiefs in Heineken Champions Cup pool matches

The Vodacom Bulls have been drawn in a tough pool for next season’s Heineken Champions Cup where they will face French side, Lyon, and English giants, Exeter Chiefs.

The draw for the European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR) competitions (Heineken Champions Cup and EPCR Challenge Cup) took place on Tuesday at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, where the 2022/23 finals will be played.

The Vodacom Bulls will take on Lyon and Exeter Chiefs in home and away fixtures. Dates for the matches will be confirmed.

The side from Tshwane secured a spot in the Heineken Champions Cup after finishing fourth at the conclusion of the round robin stages of the Vodacom United Rugby Championship before going all the way to the final against the DHL Stormers a fortnight ago.

The 2022/23 Heineken Champions Cup season will commence in December with eight weekends with four rounds of matches in the pool stages before the knockout stages consisting of a Round of 16, quarterfinals, semi-finals and the finals in Dublin in May next year.

The dates for the fixtures, venues and kick-off times will be announced in due course.

‘KNOW BEFORE YOU GO’ – Springboks v Wales at Loftus Versfeld

Loftus Versfeld will be hosting the opening Castle Lager Incoming Series test match between the Springboks and Wales on Saturday, July 2. This will be the first Springbok Test match in front of a crowd on home soil since being crowned World Cup champions in 2019.

For two years, sporting events were limited in hosting spectators at venues – from no spectators, to 2000, then 50% of the venue capacity, and now we are back to full capacity, with the Springboks versus Wales match being the first to host a capacity crowd.

For this reason, it is important that we remind ourselves of some important facets which will make the experience of attending a Test match a pleasant and worthwhile one, with as little glitches as possible.

 ARRIVE AT LOFTUS EARLY

There is increased interest in the SA versus Wales match, and as such, there will be an increased number of spectators – possibly the biggest crowd we have seen in SA sports since 2019. This will result in increased traffic around the stadium and longer queues at the stadium gates.

For ease of entry, spectators are encouraged to arrive at the stadium early to avoid congestion closer to kick-off time.

Come and enjoy a beer in the Beer Garden and soak up the atmosphere.

Gates open at 13h00.

 TICKET SALES

It is important to note that there will be no sale of tickets for the match at Loftus Versfeld on match-day. Spectators are encouraged to buy their tickets before match-day from the Loftus Versfeld ticket office or online at bulls.ticketpro.co.za.

COVID-19 PROTOCOLS

No vaccination certificates or negative Covid tests will be required from fans entering the stadium on match day.

BARS AT LOFTUS VERSFELD

Alcohol will be available for purchase at all bars at Loftus Versfeld. These include Blu Bar, Castle Corner, Up and Under Bar, The Trophy Room, Beer Garden on D-field, Trademarx.

ENTERTAINMENT

There will be plenty of entertainment on the day which includes a Beer Garden on the Loftus D-field, with live DJ’s and artists, and a host of DJ’s and artist to entertain you at Trademarx before and after the match.

GAUTRAIN

Special Gautrain busses will operate between Hatfield Station and Loftus Versfeld, with commuters being dropped off and picked up in Orient Street, north of the stadium

Gautrain buses and trains will operate until normal operating times, which is 21h00

OTHER TRANSPORT SOLUTIONS

Uber & Bolt

There will be a dedicated drop-off and pick-up zone in Lynnwood Road, south of the stadium. Spectators are encouraged to utilize these services, as there is limited parking available around Loftus. Kirkness Road will be closed off.

Park and Ride

There will be a Park & Ride service available for supporters who prefer to park their vehicles off-site and get a lift directly to Loftus Versfeld and back to the designated parking pick-up points. Book your ride at www.parkandridesa.com

These pick-up points are:

  • Montecasino
  • Clearwater Mall
  • East Rand Mall
  • Menlyn Park
  • Mall of Africa

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Loftus Versfeld ready to host full capacity stadium for Bok test match

Loftus Versfeld is delighted to be host to the Castle Lager Incoming Series opening test match between the Springboks and Wales, potentially in front of a full stadium on Saturday, July 2. This is on the back of news on the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions on Wednesday night which includes the opening of event venues to 100% capacity.

Ticket sales for the first test the Springboks will be playing on home soil in front of a crowd since winning the 2019 World Cup have been re-opened and are available for purchase online at bulls.ticketpro.co.za or at the Loftus Versfeld ticket office.

This will be an opportunity for Fortress Loftus to welcome a total of just over 50 000 spectators for the international season opening match.

EPCR pool draws for 2022/23 season

The pool draws for the 2022/23 Heineken Champions Cup and EPCR Challenge Cup tournaments will be staged at Dublin’s Aviva Stadium on Tuesday, 28 June. Both draws will be streamed live on www.epcrugby.com and the event will start at 12.00 (UK-Irish time) / 13.00 (SA-Italian time) with the draw for the EPCR Challenge Cup pools which will be followed by the Heineken Champions Cup draw at approximately 12.25 / 13.25.

For the Heineken Champions Cup draw, which will feature the Stormers, Blue Bulls and Sharks from South Africa for the first time, the 24 qualified clubs will be in four tiers based on their rankings from the TOP 14, Gallagher Premiership and the URC, before being drawn into two pools of 12 – Pool A and Pool B. Clubs from the same league in the same tier will not be drawn into the same pool. (See qualifiers and tiers below)

The number 1 and number 2 ranked clubs from each league will be in Tier 1 – this includes Castres Olympique and Montpellier Hérault Rugby who will compete in the TOP 14 final on Friday – the number 3 and number 4 ranked clubs will be in Tier 2, the number 5 and 6 ranked clubs will be in Tier 3, and the number 7 and number 8 ranked clubs will be Tier 4.

The Tier 1 and the Tier 4 clubs which have been drawn in the same pool, but which are not in the same league, will play one another home and away over four pool stage rounds, as will the Tier 2 and Tier 3 clubs which have been drawn in the same pool, but which are not in the same league.

For example, the Stormers, who won last weekend’s URC Grand Final, will be in Tier 1 and will be drawn against either ASM Clermont Auvergne or Lyon, and against either the Exeter Chiefs or London Irish from Tier 4.

Similarly, Leicester Tigers, who triumphed in the Premiership final, will also be in Tier 1 and will be drawn against either ASM Clermont Auvergne or Lyon, and against either Edinburgh Rugby or Ospreys from Tier 4.

Meanwhile, the losing TOP 14 semi-finalists, Union Bordeaux-Bègles and Stade Toulousain, who will be in Tier 2, will be drawn against either Gloucester Rugby or Sale Sharks, and against either the Sharks or Munster Rugby from Tier 3.

The live-streamed draw for the EPCR Challenge Cup pools, which includes the Johannesburg-based Lions and the Cheetahs from Bloemfontein, will have 20 clubs in three tiers in order to create two pools of 10 – Pool A and Pool B. Clubs from the same league will not play against one another during the pool stage. (See qualifiers and tiers below.)

The number 1 and number 2 ranked clubs from the URC, the TOP 14 and the Premiership will be in Tier 1, the number 3 and number 4 ranked clubs from each league, as well as the number 5 and number 6 ranked clubs from the URC, will be in Tier 2. The Dragons, Zebre Parma, USAP, Aviron Bayonnais, Bath Rugby and the Cheetahs will be in Tier 3.

The Tier 1 and the Tier 3 clubs which have been drawn in the same pool, but which are not in the same league, will play one another home and away over four pool stage rounds.

The Tier 2 clubs which have been drawn in the same pool, but which are not from the same league, will play one another home and away during the pool stage. In order to adhere to the key principle of no same-league matches, Tier 2 clubs from the TOP 14 will only play against opposition from the URC, and similarly, Tier 2 clubs from the Premiership will also only play against opposition from the URC.

For example, in Tier 2, the Lions will play against either Stade Francais Paris or CA Brive, and against either Worcester Warriors or Newcastle Falcons.

Once the draws have been concluded, EPCR will prepare the fixture schedules for both tournaments with an announcement of exact dates, venues, kick-off times and TV coverage to follow as soon as practicable.

The 2022/23 season will be played over eight weekends with four rounds of matches in the pool stage starting in December, followed by a knockout stage consisting of a Round of 16, quarter-finals, semi-finals, culminating in the Dublin finals at the Aviva Stadium on 19 and 20 May 2023.

2022/23 HEINEKEN CHAMPIONS CUP QUALIFIERS

TOP 14: Castres Olympique, Montpellier Hérault Rugby, 3 Union Bordeaux-Bègles, 4 Stade Toulousain, 5 Stade Rochelais, 6 Racing 92, 7 ASM Clermont Auvergne, 8 Lyon

Gallagher Premiership: 1 Leicester Tigers, 2 Saracens, 3 Harlequins, 4 Northampton Saints, 5 Gloucester Rugby, 6 Sale Sharks, 7 Exeter Chiefs, 8 London Irish

United Rugby Championship: 1 Stormers, 2 Blue Bulls, 3 Leinster Rugby, 4 Ulster Rugby, 5 Sharks, 6 Munster Rugby, 7 Edinburgh Rugby, 8 Ospreys

Heineken Champions Cup pool draw tiers

Tier 1: Castres Olympique, Montpellier Hérault Rugby, Leicester Tigers, Saracens, Stormers, Bulls

Tier 2: Union Bordeaux-Bègles, Stade Toulousain, Harlequins, Northampton Saints, Leinster Rugby, Ulster Rugby

Tier 3: Stade Rochelais, Racing 92, Gloucester Rugby, Sale Sharks, Sharks, Munster Rugby

Tier 4: ASM Clermont Auvergne, Lyon, Exeter Chiefs, London Irish, Edinburgh Rugby, Ospreys

2022/23 EPCR CHALLENGE CUP QUALIFIERS

United Rugby Championship: 1 Glasgow Warriors, 2 Scarlets, 3 Connacht Rugby, 4 Lions, 5 Benetton Rugby, 6 Cardiff Rugby, 7 Dragons, 8 Zebre Parma

TOP 14: 1 RC Toulon, 2 Section Paloise, 3 Stade Français Paris, 4 CA Brive, 5 USAP 6 Aviron Bayonnais

Gallagher Premiership: 1 Wasps, 2 Bristol Bears, 3 Worcester Warriors, 4 Newcastle Falcons, 5 Bath Rugby

Invited: Cheetahs

EPCR Challenge Cup pool draw tiers

Tier 1: Glasgow Warriors, Scarlets, RC Toulon, Section Paloise, Wasps, Bristol Bears

Tier 2: Connacht Rugby, Lions, Benetton Rugby, Cardiff Rugby, Stade Francais Paris, CA Brive, Worcester Warriors, Newcastle Falcons

Tier 3: Dragons, Zebre Parma, USAP, Aviron Bayonnais, Bath Rugby, Cheetahs

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VODACOM URC: Vodacom Bulls mentally and physically prepared for Vodacom URC final

The Vodacom Bulls are expecting a physical battle when they meet the DHL Stormers in the Vodacom United Rugby Championship Grand Final in Cape Town on Saturday. With years of experience behind him and plenty of battles against their coastal rivals, nobody would know this better than Vodacom Bulls vice-captain and loose-forward, Arno Botha.

Speaking ahead of the crucial match at the Cape Town Stadium, the 30-year-old Botha indicated that they were expecting a big forwards battle which he and his charges have been preparing for ahead of the first-ever Vodacom URC final.

“We know what they (DHL Stormers) are going to bring. They want to make it physical up front and they have the forwards to do that,” said the influential loose-forward.

“So, it’s (the physicality) definitely something we will look into and try and capitalise on. We also have good and dominant forwards and it is a strong point for us.”

Botha will be one of the more experienced heads when they take to the field on Saturday night, and he certainly hopes that the Vodacom Bulls’ recent success in the two years since his return to Loftus Versfeld, which includes two back-to-back Carling Currie Cup titles and the Vodacom Super Rugby Unlocked trophy, will add a bit of motivation for the side as they target the new Vodacom URC trophy as well.

“It (recent success) is definitely something I am proud of. I couldn’t have hoped for a better two years with the Bulls,” he said.

“I can’t think of a union I would have had a better time with, in terms of family and lifestyle as well.”

Botha also added that it was important for the team to be mentally ready for the task that lies ahead going into the final.

“There is always a few small things that you can work on or look at that you haven’t looked at for the whole season. Not necessarily always skill-wise, but definitely mentally,” said Botha.

“It’s not a scale-down in terms of training, but it is a bit more calm. It’s about boxing smart. We won’t be needing to make a 180-degree turn on plays or on defence. If we have been doing it and getting it right, then we will be fine. We are calm and know what we need to do.”

The Vodacom Bulls will name their team to play in the Vodacom URC final today.

The match will kick off at 19h30 and it will be televised on SuperSport.

CARLING CURRIE CUP: Loftus Versfeld ready for Friday night Carling Currie Cup semi-final

Loftus Versfeld will be a gripping battleground on Friday when the Vodacom Bulls take on the Windhoek Draught Griquas in the Carling Currie Cup semi-final, with kick off being confirmed for 19h00 on the night.

Tickets sales have opened for the match at the Loftus Versfeld ticket office and online on bulls.ticketpro.co.za.

Tickets are available from R25 for adults, while children under the age of 18 will be allowed free entry into the stadium.

The Vodacom Bulls will be eager to claim the crucial win at their home ground to progress to the final of the domestic competition where they will aim to defend the trophy and claim a historic third successive title.

Gates will open at 16h00 on Friday ahead of the 19h00 kick-off.

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