Cape Town to play host to Saracens cup clash

SARACENS have confirmed they will play their Heineken Cup pool stage clash with Biarritz in Cape Town in January, the first time the tournament will see a fixture played outside Europe.

The International Rugby Board and European Rugby Cup have approved an application from the Premiership champions, which will see South Africa become the 10th country to stage a match in Europe’s premier club competition.

Saracens chairman Nigel Wray said: “The world is becoming increasingly smaller and well connected, and, as a club, we are committed to thinking big and creating major events that people want to watch.”

Saracens, who have 13 South African-born players in their squad, are not the first English club to stage a fixture abroad. Wasps and Harlequins played out their LV= Cup meeting last season in Abu Dhabi.