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Edinburgh snub Saracens' Cape Town proposal

Last Updated: 11/10/12 12:23pm

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Michael Bradley: Won't be taking Edinburgh to South Africa

Michael Bradley: Won't be taking Edinburgh to South Africa

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Edinburgh have rejected an approach by Saracens to play a Heineken Cup pool game between the teams in South Africa.

Managing director Craig Docherty says the proposal was not "commercially compelling".

Saracens take on Michael Bradley's men at Murrayfield on Saturday in the opening Pool One fixture of this season's tournament.

But Sarries wanted to play what would have been their home game on January 20 in Cape Town.

Saracens have already taken one "home" Heineken Cup fixture abroad this season, opting to tackle French club Racing Metro at the King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels on Saturday week.

Docherty said: "As a club, our commitment is to our fans and other key stakeholders, such as sponsors, and fundamentally our goal is to qualify from what is a very challenging Heineken Cup pool.

"Following Edinburgh Rugby to South Africa is simply not an option for the vast majority whose support was so crucial to our journey to last season's semi-final.

"I am sure they will be desperate to support us in what could be a critical pool game.

"The case made by Saracens was not commercially compelling and, from a performance perspective, would have had a detrimental effect on our preparation for - and recovery from - this match."

"Edinburgh Rugby are open to new and innovative ideas, but the prospect of playing our final pool game in the southern hemisphere was simply not an option that we could seriously consider from a number of different perspectives.

"We consulted with tournament organisers ERC (European Rugby Cup) and Scottish Rugby throughout this process, and both are happy with our decision."

Saracens' home fixture against Edinburgh will be their last match at Vicarage Road before they move to their new stadium - Allianz Park - in Hendon.

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