What had been growing as a rumor, ended up being confirmed during this Thursday: SANZAAR announced that South Africa has made the decision not to participate in the 2020 edition of the Rugby Championship, a contest in which his debut was scheduled for November 7 against Los Pumas.
The loss of the world champions in Japan 2019 and defending champions of the tournament in question, naturally caused changes in the competition, which will now take place in a Tri-Nations format. And Los Pumas, meanwhile, will debut on November 14 against the All Blacks.
On Wednesday, SANZAAR had given South Africa an additional 48 hours to reach a final verdict on the Springboks’ involvement after last 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.
The decision, then, is attributed to concerns for the well-being of players and uncertainty around government travel regulations in the midst of the global Covid-19 pandemic.
This is how the calendar was in its new format:
Australia-New Zealand (ANZ Stadium, Sydney)
Australia-New Zealand (Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane)
New Zealand-Los Pumas (Bankwest Stadium, Sydney)
Los Pumas-Australia (McDonald Jones Stadium, Newcastle)
The Pumas-New Zealand (McDonald Jones Stadium, Newcastle)
Australia-Los Pumas (Bankwest Stadium, Sydney)