Rugby: North Otago given first stadium game

Richard Reid
Richard Reid
Meads Cup champion North Otago will play the opening rugby match at the Forsyth Barr Stadium on Sunday, August 7.

This was confirmed to the Otago Daily Times last night by the chief executive of the Otago Rugby Football Union, Richard Reid.

North Otago will play West Coast in the Heartland competition on August 7 in the $198 million stadium.

The game was originally scheduled to be played at Oamaru on August 6.

"I'm not disappointed that Otago isn't playing the opening game in the stadium," Reid said. "The Otago Regional Council has contributed a lot of money to the stadium."

Otago's ITM Cup game on August 6 will be the last first-class game played at Carisbrook.

The ORFU is highlighting the game for a special and nostalgic farewell to Carisbrook that weekend.

Otago's first game in the stadium will be against Manawatu on Wednesday, August 17.

Reid said it was important for the stadium to have some test runs before the Rugby World Cup.

"I'd rather have the teething problems ironed out before we play there," Reid said.

Forsyth Barr Stadium Trust chairman Malcolm Farry told the Otago Daily Times that the stadium would be ready for use on July 31.

The chairman of the North Otago Rugby Football Union Colin Jackson was not available for comment yesterday.


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