The South African coach feared for the health of his players
🇿🇦 Decision made on Boks’ participation in Castle Lager Rugby Champs
🗣️ “This is a hugely disappointing outcome for our supporters and commercial partners”
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– Springboks (@Springboks) October 16, 2020
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.