Fans Guide to watching Rugby World Cup

The Rugby World Cup kicks off on the 9th September in New Zealand and whilst many fans will have their hearts in New Zealand cheering their team to victory, the physical reality is that the bodies will be firmly glued to the biggest TV screen they can find.

Rugby World Cup Champions 2007

Rugby World Cup Champions 2007

If you are in Cape Town during the Rugby World Cup it’s best to note that most of the games will be played in the mornings so think breakfast spots! Some traditional rugby watching pubs may not be open at 8am to accommodate your rugby watching needs, unless it’s a big game!

Springbok Rugby Fans

Springbok Rugby Fans

Some pubs and restaurants will be opening early for the occasion but it’s best to check directly with your chosen venue before arriving – you wouldn’t want to miss a game! With that in mind here is the Cape Point Route’s guide for fans on where to watch the Rugby World Cup 2011 if you are on the Cape Peninsula.

Lookout Deck: Hout Bay

Lookout deck- Hout Bay

Lookout Deck- Hout Bay

This Hout Bay restaurant, aptly named for the deck that looks out over Hout Bay Harbour, is offering a bargain Rugby World Cup Breakfast special for all the SA Games which includes a FREE Vide e Caffe Coffee. At only R45 for that egg and bacon and sausage and tomato and chips grub, you may be temporarily distracted from the game on one of the 2 big screen TV’s. Hopefully not for long as this is Rugby World Cup after all. Opening early, the Lookout Deck with its’ cheerful ambience and relaxed family setting is a great spot to watch the rugby matches with family and friends.

Lookout Deck | Hout Bay Harbour | Hout Bay | +27 (0)21 790 0900 |

Toad in the Village: Noordhoek

Bryan Habana at the Toad

Bryan Habana at the Toad


Owned by SA rugby star Bob Skinstad and friend Dougie Boyes, the Toad is for sports fans, by sports fans. The bar features five screens, a beer garden, affordable pub grub, and lager on tap making it the perfect place to watch the game. As Bob says “If you’re not in the stands there is no better place to watch the game”. With 6 Big screens and a 7th on big match days – you are sure to see the screen with ease ! The Toad normally opens for lunch and dinner but will be open for early morning important games (especially if it involves the Springboks) and will be open for most other games from 10am.
The Toad | Noordhoek Farm Village | Noordhoek | +27 (0)21 789 2973

Cafe Roux: Noordhoek

Cafe Roux - Noordhoek

Cafe Roux - Noordhoek


Right next door to the Toad in Noordhoek Farm Village, Cafe Roux is also run and managed by Rugby Fans. Cafe Roux opens at 8am daily so they will be showing all live rugby matches from the world cup on the big screens that are taking place during their normal operating hours. Normal hours mean breakfast and lunch so do not hesitate to tuck into the famous Earls all day breakfast or look on the chalk board for the Rugga Breakfast Special.

Cafe Roux | Noordhoek Farm Village | Noordhoek | +27 (0)21 789 2538

The Glen Pub:  Glencairn

The Glen Pub Hosts

The Glen Pub Hosts

Sports lovers have flocked to this bar for over a century! Despite different names and owners over the years, there continues to be a bustling atmosphere when sport and especially rugby is on. Morning games tend to be more relaxed than the afternoon slots but things could be different with all the matches in New Zealand starting early. The Glen Pub will be open daily from 8am, with daily breakfast specials in conjunction with the Bay Cafe on Glen next door.  There are 3 big TV screens and the pub will show reruns throughout the day. Enquire about VIP status in the box!

The Glen Pub | Glen Road | Glencairn | +27(0)21 782 4793

The Viper Lounge South:  Glencairn

Viper Lounge South - Glencairn

Viper Lounge South - Glencairn

The Viper Lounge South is the new kid on the Glencairn Strip. This revamped and reviped space features comfy couches and tables in a fresh, clean and decidedly green atmosphere! We think this is to show ultimate support for the Springboks!  Open daily from 8am during the Rugby World Cup – great coffee and breakfast will be available. Bar opens at 10am and all the rugby action will be shown on the 42” TV or the big screen on the back wall.

The Viper Lounge South | Glen Road | Glencairn | +27(0)82 787 5981

Cape To Cuba: Kalk Bay

Cape To Cuba - Kalk Bay

Cape To Cuba - Kalk Bay

Whilst Cuba may not be competing in the RWC, the owners and locals at Cape to Cuba will be supporting the Boks.  Hemingways Cocktail Bar will be open from 9am onwards from the 11 September and rugby is the order of the day on the 2 TV screens. Snacks and light breakfasts will be on offer and there is seating and standing space for 100 people. The Bar will be open from 9am, so if nerves and excitement get the better of you, you can slurp your way through the matches on one of Cape to Cuba’s famous mojito cocktails. As they say in Caba “Havanah Good Time”?

Cape to Cuba | Main Road | Kalk Bay | +27 (0)21 788 1566

Brass Bell: Kalk Bay

The Brass Bell - Kalk Bay

The Brass Bell - Kalk Bay

An institution in its’ own right – the Brass Bell is a legendary spot for watching sport. There are 5 different restaurant sections each offering different menus so there is sure to be something to choose from, even if you can’t choose your score line. The Brass Bell has ten 42” flat screens and if the rugby is not to your liking you can always watch the sea view and hopefully the whales as the Brass Bell is right on the rocks.

The Brass Bell | Adjacent to Kalk Bay Harbour | Kalk Bay | +27 (0)21 788 5455/6

Watching Rugby at the Toad

Watching Rugby at the Toad

2011 RUGBY WORLD CUP MATCH SCHEDULE IN NEW ZEALAND
(times displayed are local South African times)

RUGBY WORLD CUP

Date Match Time Venue
September 2011
09 September New Zealand v Tonga 10:30 Eden Park, Auckland
10 September Scotland v Romania 03:00 Rugby Park Stadium, Invercargill
10 September Fiji v Namibia 05:30 Rotorua International Stadium, Rotorua
10 September France v Japan 08:00 Eden Park, Auckland
10 September Argentina v England 10:30 Carisbrook, Dunedin
11 September Australia v Italy 05:30 Eden Park, Auckland
11 September Ireland v USA 08:00 Stadium Taranaki, New Plymouth
SUNDAY 11 September South Africa v Wales 10:30 Wellington Regional Stadium, Wellington
14 September Samoa v Namibia 04:30 Rotorua International Stadium, Rotorua
14 September Tonga v Canada 07:00 Northland Events Centre, Whangarei
14 September Scotland v Georgia 09:30 Rugby Park Stadium, Invercargill
15 September Russia v USA 09:30 Stadium Taranaki, New Plymouth
16 September New Zealand v Japan 10:00 Waikato Stadium, Hamilton
17 September Argentina v Romania 05:30 Rugby Park Stadium, Invercargill
SATURDAY 17 September South Africa v Fiji 08:00 Wellington Regional Stadium, Wellington
17 September Australia v Ireland 10:30 Eden Park, Auckland
18 September Wales v Samoa 05:30 Waikato Stadium, Hamilton
18 September England v Georgia 08:30 Carisbrook, Dunedin
18 September France v Canada 10:30 McLean Park, Napier
20 September Italy v Russia 09:30 Trafalgar Park, Nelson
21 September Tonga v Japan 09:30 Northland Events Centre, Whangarei
THURSDAY 22 September South Africa v Namibia 10:00 North Harbour Stadium, North Shore
23 September Australia v USA 10:30 Wellington Regional Stadium, Wellington
24 September England v Romania 08:00 Carisbrook, Dunedin
24 September New Zealand v France 10:30 Eden Park, Auckland
25 September Fiji v Samoa 04:30 Eden Park, Auckland
25 September Ireland v Russia 07:00 Rotorua International Stadium, Rotorua
25 September Argentina v Scotland 09:30 Wellington Regional Stadium, Wellington
26 September Wales v Namibia 08:30 Stadium Taranaki, New Plymouth
27 September Canada v Japan 06:00 McLean Park, Napier
27 September Italy v USA 08:30 Trafalgar Park, Nelson
28 September Georgia v Romania 08:30 Arena Manawatu, Palmerston North
FRIDAY 30 September South Africa v Samoa 10:30 North Harbour Stadium, North Shore
October 2011
01 October Australia v Russia 04:30 Trafalgar Park, Nelson
01 October France v Tonga 07:00 Wellington Regional Stadium, Wellington
01 October England v Scotland 09:30 Eden Park, Auckland
02 October Argentina v Georgia 02:00 Arena Manawatu, Palmerston North
02 October New Zealand v Canada 04:30 Wellington Regional Stadium, Wellington
02 October Wales v Fiji 07:00 Waikato Stadium, Hamilton
02 October Ireland v Italy 09:30 Carisbrook, Dunedin
08 October C1 v D2 07:00 Wellington Regional Stadium, Wellington
08 October B1 v A2 09:30 Eden Park, Auckland
09 October D1 v C2 07:00 Wellington Regional Stadium, Wellington
09 October A1 v B2 09:30 Eden Park, Auckland
15 October Winner QF1 v Winner QF2 10:00 Eden Park, Auckland
16 October Winner QF3 v Winner QF4 10:00 Eden Park, Auckland
21 October Loser SF1 v Loser SF2 09:30 Eden Park, Auckland
23 October Winner SF1 v Winner SF2 10:00 Eden Park, Auckland
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