South Africa announced that it plans to return to its domestic competition by mid-September. However, at the international level, a question mark was opened. Why?
Because a return to international competition is not allowed under the new regulations. In public statements Thursday, South Africa Rugby CEO Jurie Roux said he understood the government’s need to graduate any return to normal.
“We know that the World Rugby window for the Rugby Championship is only in November and December, so we hope that in due course the government will be in a position to further relax the restrictions,” Roux said.
“For now, it’s the most important thing to make sure we get the action going, as we have many stakeholders, such as our broadcast partner, competition and team sponsors and supporters, who are eager to see some rugby again. “
With the current situation and the restrictions posed by the government, South Africa could not travel to another country to dispute the Championship. But the reality of the pandemic around the world is changing and we will have to wait to know if the Springboks will indeed join the tournament that faces them with New Zealand, Australia and Argentina.