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South Africa gives up!

ByRoborto Sykes

Oct 16, 2020
South Africa had benefited from 48 additional hours to mature its thinking. The world champions have decided, and decided that they will not participate in the Rugby Championship, which will take place between November 7 and December 12 and exclusively in Australia exceptionally due to the health context and the Covid-19 pandemic. “It is really disappointing for supporters and business partners but the consequences of the pandemic make it impossible to set up a team without questioning the health of the players, beyond the logistical difficulties,” said Friday the president of the South African Rugby Federation Jurie Roux after officially announcing that the Springboks had finally preferred to give up playing this competition which traditionally brings together South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and Argentina with confrontations on the soil of the four countries in a home and away match format.

The South African coach feared for the health of his players

In the week already, the South African coach had hinted that there was very little chance that his players and title holders would take part this year in this 2020 edition of the Rugby Championship initially scheduled for last August but postponed until the end of this year. The year given the restrictions imposed by the respective governments in terms of movement from one territory to another, the problems directly related to security but also the question mark posed on the health of South African players. Jacques Nienaber felt that playing the event with a single match in the legs for the Springboks and without the possibility of organizing a training camp as is the case before such a meeting constituted a real risk for them. It is therefore without South Africa, defending champion, that Australia will open the ball on October 31 in Sydney against New Zealand. Last year, the Wallabies finished second, behind the South Africans and absent from this edition.