“South Africa has officially withdrawn from the Rugby Championship to halve the number of matches in the tournament. “With that conclusive statement, journalist Liam Napier from the New Zealand Herald states that the Springboks will not participate in the tournament in Australia.
The organizer of the SANZAAR tournament and the Rugby Australia hosts are expected to confirm the retirement of the World Champions on Friday, which will reduce the competition of an event from 12 to six tests and will require the need to have weekends off.
On Wednesday, SANZAAR gave South Africa Rugby an additional 48 hours to reach a final verdict on the Springboks’ involvement after final attempts were made for the Boks to arrive in Australia three weeks later than originally planned.
In the end, despite having three to five games before his tests in Australia, South Africa did not believe the Springboks had enough time to physically prepare for the tournament.
South Africa’s decision to withdraw entirely is expected attributed to concerns for player welfare and uncertainty surrounding government travel regulations amidst the global Covid-19 pandemic, although the latter is believed to have progressed positively.
Without the Springboks, the debut of Los Pumas in the tournament, whose first date was the duel against the South Africans on November 7, would be delayed by a week.