Good news is coming for South African rugby as this Thursday the Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture of that country, Nathi Mthethwa, announced the return to competitive action subject to compliance with measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. SA Rugby CEO Jurie Roux welcomed the news from the Government of South Africa that it has given the green light to rugby to return to the field of play under certain conditions. The format and how the competition will be between the teams of the world champion country have not been confirmed, but they assured that in September there will be competition.
The instructions stipulate that contact training and matches can be played in empty stadiums, only with people who are allowed to attend matches as part of the essential services to make these events possible and from a “bio safe environment ” “Since the start of this pandemic, we have been working hard to ensure that we return to the field and kept the government informed of our plans throughout the process,” said Roux, adding that “we are very grateful for the opportunity to move on to the next one. phase of our return-to-play plans and we will provide the ministry with all the necessary information, including venues for matches, to ensure a smooth transition to competitive rugby. “
That said, our eight franchises that returned to training recently still need a few more weeks of preparation before they are ready for games, and from the SA Rugby side we will help them with whatever it takes, “said the CEO and said on the organization of the new tournament that “at this stage, we hope to have our first matches in early or mid-September and our plans on the structure and planning of the competition will be announced in due course, as we have several options to consider” .
Bulls, Lions, Sharks, Stormers, Cheetahs, Southern Kings, Griquas and Pumas started contactless training a few weeks ago.