By SYDNEY MORWENG
Smit reaches his 100 test match against New Zealand on Saturday in what has been billed the ‘clash of the titans’.
History once again will be written in the rugby books as arch-rivals SA vs New Zealand meet at the historical FNB Stadium, Soweto to determine who is the greatest!
Now the Greatest Supporter of South African Supporters, Vodacom, is looking for every Player 23 to play their part in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for waving flags in a single stadium to be packed by more than 90 000 adoring rugby and sporting fans.
Every Player 23 who will head to the stadium on Saturday is urged to take along their South African flag in order to etch this incredible occasion into history.
Started by the Keep Flying initiative, Vodacom and Lead SA have joined the campaign to lead a massive flag-wave during the half-time break – a momentous and incredibly passionate moment where every South African inside the stadium will unite to show the world how we, as a nation can stand together behind our national sporting heroes.
Led by a 20 metre flag, to be released into the crowd before the start of the game, the initiative will be a fitting way to salute South Africa’s ‘captain courageous’, John Smit, as he reaches a personal milestone of 100 Test matches for his country.
“This is truly a historic day in the sporting history of our nation,” Enzo Scarcella, marketing executive, Vodacom said.
“Whenever these two great teams play against each other, there is a sense of occasion, a massive test match that the rest of the world stops to take notice.
“We want to make the day extra special. This test is extra special – while it will have all the drama and intrigue of a magnificent rugby battle, it is also a test match with many firsts.
Scarcella said the Guinness Book of Records attempt would enhance the already massive Vodacom Tri-Nations event.
“Just over a month ago we showed the world what a vibrant, amazing nation we are and how we can achieve the impossible, by working together,” Scarcella explained.
“We wanted to continue that momentum, let the world take notice again of the spirit of South Africa and mark the day as another exceptional one in our sporting tapestry. There could have been no better hallmarks than through the passion and commitment of our Player 23’s.”
The day will also mark another first – the Vodacom Fan Cam – a 360 degree HD image that will photograph the entire stadium and every spectator in it. This way every Player 23 can search and find him or herself in the stands at the precise moment the Guinness World Record attempt is made.
Find yourself waving your flag, tag the picture and have a great memory to show to friends and family.
Meanwhile, rugby WC headed for NZ is well on course and, South African fans are urged to purchase their tickets on time to avoid disappointments.
The announcement was conveyed by the WC partner MasterCard recently in Johannesburg.
Applicants who have used their MasterCards to apply for any team, venue or pool packs previously in phase 1, or individual tickets during the upcoming phase 2 ballot, will enjoy double entry into ballots for the option to purchase the semi and finals tickets, according to Stuart Cameron, MasterCard Vice President sponsorships Asia/Pacific, Middle East and Africa.
New Zealanders, according to their captain, and MasterCard ambassador Richie McCaw the WC will propel their supporters to come in large numbers to rally behind the team and clinch the Webb Ellis trophy currently in the South African cabinet.
“Not only is New Zealand ready to welcome all South Africans fans who will be traveling to our country for the tourney but we would also like to invite you to discover all that our beautiful country has to offer in the way of travel and tourism,” says McCaw.
His counterpart Boks captain James Smit said they want South Africans to come in large numbers to cheer them on.
“Vocal support motivates teams to play at their absolute best and without that support, we’re going to find it hard to ensure the Webb Ellis trophy stays in SA for another four year’s,” he said.
The 2011 WC will be hosted in NZ for the first time since the inaugural event in 1987.
20 nations, including current World Cup champs SA will be represented and compete in 48 matches across 13 host cities from September 9 to October 23 2011.
According to Cameron, they’re going to benchmark on what SA did during the soccer WC by exporting their intellectual property to NZ WC.
Close to 85,000 strong rugby and non-rugby fans are expected to invade the home of NZ or Kiwis as they’re called.
Fans can apply form tickets on http://www.rugbyworldcup.com/tickets.