This stadium is unique and special, it was the venue for the 1995 Rugby World Cup which South Africa of course won here against the All Blacks. Immortality now beckons for this venue as it is due to also host seven matches during the 2010 FIFA World CupTM including a quarter-final play-off.
The first rugby test match was played here against the mighty All Blacks as early June 1928. The New Zealand All Blacks were lucky to win 7-6 that day and in a four test series between June and September in South Africa that year the All Blacks and the Springboks would eventually win two games each. Over the years we’ve played 78 rugby matches against the All Blacks in total winning 33 games to their 42 and with three being drawn. That said we have won TWO rugby World Cups! Statistically South Africa have won 50% of all the World Cup Tournaments they’ve played at.
From the 11th June to the 11th July 2010 the FIFA Football World CupTM will be played on African soil at ten venues across South Africa for the first time ever. Ellis Park Stadium is one of the venues to carry this honour.