Stormers aim to give Newlands a fitting farewell

The Stormers want to make their last year at Newlands a memorable one. WP Rugby will move to Cape Town Stadium in Green Point at the end of 2020, with Newlands set to be demolished. 'It is a different year, an emotional year for a lot of us,' said Stormers captain Siya Kolisi. 'Not just us, but the faithful, who have been in and out supporting us. 'Finding out that it is our last year at Newlands ... it is tough for a lot of us but we want to try and use it as a positive and give the people something to smile about. 'It has been a tough few years [for the Stormers] since 2010,' he added. 'With the squad we have, we are very positive [about 2020]. We are hoping people will come [to Newlands] to make it a year of celebration.' Coach John Dobson said there was 'only one real way to say farewell' to the historic stadium. 'We don't want to overtalk what we are going to do in the competition but all of us in this room know what the ending should look like. It has to be in a Super Rugby late-stage, if not last-stage, playoff. 'That is the way to say goodbye to the great old lady of South African rugby.' Photo: Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePix