After the Union of South Africa announced removal of his team from the Rugby Championship, contest in which his debut was scheduled for November 7 against Los Pumas, the former world champion head coach and current director of Rugby, Rassie Erasmus explained the reasons that led her country to make the decision.
Erasmus highlighted that too many Springbok players haven’t reached the necessary benchmark in terms of playing time to be ready for the rugby test.
On Friday it was confirmed that the Springboks would not defend their Rugby Championship crown, with the tournament returning to what is now effectively a Tri-Nations (Three Nations) between Australia, New Zealand and Argentina.
Means that the Springboks will head to 2021 without any tests under their beltBut Erasmus said it was essential to see the big picture after the decision was confirmed.
“We found that the players needed a minimum of 400 minutes of playing time before they could be ready for a test match, “Erasmus said.
“The ‘foreign’ players had started playing before us and would have come close to that point on November 7th. But many of them have completed their programs or had outbreaks of COVID, disrupting planning. The Japanese players have not played any rugby, while the local players would be well under 400 minutes at kick-off. “
SA players played their first competitive matches last weekend29 weeks after his last competitive match in Super Rugby.
In contrast, the New Zealand and Australian players played a test match on Saturday, 17 weeks and 14 weeks respectively after resuming competitive rugby.
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)