Stormers to face Zebre Parma in Stellenbosch

The Stormers’ United Rugby Championship (URC) match against Zebre Parma on Sunday, 13 March will be played at the Danie Craven Stadium in Stellenbosch.

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Due to a clash with the Cape Town Cycle Tour, which finishes near the Cape Town Stadium precinct on the same day and will see a number of roads in the area closed, the venue of this match has had to change.

This match was originally meant to take place in November last year, but was rescheduled to the impact of the Omicron Covid-19 variant, which saw Zebre Parma leave South Africa before the fixture could be fulfilled.

Sunday, 13 March is the only date that this match can take place due to the fact that Zebre Parma play Ospreys in Wales seven days before.

The match in Stellenbosch will be a first for the Stormers

This will be the Stormers’ first-ever competitive match in Stellenbosch, with kick-off against the Italian side set for 18:05.

A joint statement issued by the WP Rugby Administrator and Cape Town Stadium CEO clarified that while every effort was made to host this fixture at the Cape Town Stadium, it was simply not possible due to the clash.

“While both WP Rugby and the team at the Cape Town Stadium tried to look at various options for staging the event at the Cape Town Stadium on the re-scheduled date, unfortunately this was not possible due to the stadium’s event calendar having a pre-existing booking,” the statement read.

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