WP Rugby keeps safety in check amid reports of possible protests

There’s been a tip-off that ANCYL members will be protesting at Newlands Stadium today.

FILE: Thousands of people are expected to fill the venue as the Stormers face-off against the Cheetahs this afternoon. Picture: AFP

CAPE TOWN - Western Province Rugby says safety is its main focus following a tip-off that the African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) will be protesting at Newlands Stadium today.

Thousands of people are expected to fill the venue as the Stormers face-off against the Cheetahs this afternoon.

The association says it's in contact with law enforcement officials, to ensure rugby fans are not in danger during the demonstrations.

The police alerted Western Province Rugby, to a possible demonstration by the ANCYL, set to take place outside the stadium.

President Thelo Wakefield says, "We definitely take this is a very serious light because we're expecting about 30,000 people at Newlands."

Apart from the Stormers going up against the Cheetahs this afternoon, Springbok Coach Allister Coetzee will also be at Newlands at 7pm, to announce the national squad for the upcoming three test series against Ireland.

Whether any demonstration will take place however, remains a mystery.

Eyewitness News has not been able to contact the ANCYL directly, to confirm any protest plans.