The South African Rugby Federation announced this Saturday that it will make a decision “at the beginning of next week” on the participation of the Springboks in the Rugby Championship, a tournament in which it should debut against Los Pumas on November 7 in Australia, where it is scheduled that the entire contest is played.
Despite the fact that the South African government lifted the ban on the dispute of international matches, which had been suspended as a result of the new coronavirus, the federative officials approached the Ministry of Sports of that country to clarify some points.
Jacques Nienaber, the coach of South Africa – current world champion – was against taking part in that competition if the players do not arrive with at least six test matches to present themselves properly.
After a six-month hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic, a Super Rugby-style championship recently began to be played but only with South African teams.
In the last days of September the Championship fixture had been confirmed, as well as that both Argentina, New Zealand and South Africa should act under strict sanitary protocol and be confined in an NBA-style bubble.
At the end of August the CEO of SANZAAR, the entity that brings together the rugby unions of the four countries that play the tournament, had to clarify that South Africa would play it despite the versions of the international press that located the Springboks playing a possible expanded version of the European Six Nations.
Formerly known as the Three Nations, the Rugby Championship was created in 2012 when Argentina, definitely installed among the leading teams on the international scene, joined South Africa, New Zealand and Australia, the great powers of rugby in the Southern Hemisphere .
With information from AFP