South Africa presented their 2021 competition with a new team


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South Africa presented their 2021 competition with a new team

South Africa Rugby announced the start of the 2021 season with a series of matches for its eight provincial teams. This 2021 South African planning focused on landing teams at the international Rainbow Cup and next season of Springboks friendlies, which will have nothing more and nothing less than the series against the British & Irish Lions.

A significant change is that teams will play every 10 days (instead of every week) to administer COVID testing protocols. The eight teams, EP Elephants join seven teams that competed in Super Rugby Unlocked and the Currie Cup in October last yearThey were divided into two groups and will play crossover group matches between February 27 and March 27, ensuring four matches for each team.

Group A will consist of Bulls, Lions, Griquas and Cheetahs, and they will play against all four sides of the Group B: Sharks, Stormers, Pumas and Eastern Province Elephants. Venues and kick-off times are yet to be defined, but the four first-round games will see the Bulls host the EP Elephants, the Lions take on Pumas, the Sharks meet Griquas and Stormers receive a visit from Cheetahs.

“It is imperative that we start the new season as soon as possible as we have a great year ahead of us, with preparing our players for the British & Irish Lions as a priority, but also providing opportunities for all teams to get fit. with an eye on entering the European competitions and our local season, ”said Rassie Erasmus, Director of Rugby.

“These matches will give our best players more opportunities to challenge themselves against South Africa’s best, while our match officials will also get valuable playing time under their belt.”

FIXTURE

Saturday February 27
Bulls – Elephants
Lions – Pumas

Sunday February 28
Sharks – Griquas
Stormers – Cheetahs

Tuesday March 9
Cheetahs – Sharks
Griquas – Stormers

Wednesday March 10
Cougars – Bulls
Elephants – Lions

Friday March 19
Bulls – Stormers
Lions – Sharks

Saturday March 20
Cougars – Cheetahs
Elephants – Griquas

Saturday March 27
Cheetahs – Elephants
Griquas – Pumas
Sharks – Bulls
Stormers – Lions


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