Soccer City date for rugby foes

THE famous Soccer City Stadium on the outskirts of Soweto will see another piece of history created if the All Blacks can beat South Africa on Sunday morning and go through the inaugural Rugby Championship unbeaten.

The land now occupied by Soccer City has hosted some fairly significant occasions.

It was the site of Nelson Mandela's first speech in Johannesburg after his release from prison, the venue for anti-apartheid campaigner Chris Hani's funeral, and hosted the historic 2010 FIFA World Cup final between Spain and the Netherlands.

It also holds special memories for the All Blacks, and for fullback Israel Dagg in particular.

The 24-year-old scored a dramatic, late try against the Springboks in 2010 to give the All Blacks a famous 29-22 victory in what was the first rugby game played at the venue.

With the Championship decided, pride will be on the line on Sunday, not to mention New Zealand's 15-match winning streak.

Both teams will go in full of confidence after big wins last week - the All Blacks after demolishing Argentina 54-15 in La Plata and South Africa after its blockbusting 31-8 defeat of Australia at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria. - APNZ


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