Australia chosen to host Rugby Championship, Springboks’ participation in doubt

Australia to host Rugby Championship, Springboks’ participation in doubt

Australia has been chosen to host the Rugby Championship in November and December this year, SANZAAR announced on Friday.

Springboks World Cup Anthem - AFP

The tournament, which is normally played in August-September between South Africa, New Zealand, Australia and Argentina, has had to be moved due to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

SANZAAR CEO Andy Marinos says the world champions’ participation remains in doubt. 

“The progress and impact of the pandemic has varied from country-to-country and international sporting competition is currently suspended in South Africa.

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“The Springboks’ participation will be dependent on the relaxation of that suspension as well as overcoming a number of other logistical challenges including the opening of international air borders. South Africa is only expected to return to competitive play next month [October], leaving a relatively short time to prepare.

“We are cognisant of the fact that the Covid pandemic environment continues to change and throw up obstacles, but we are confident that our plans are robust and we will naturally build in contingency measures to suit any further changes,” added Marinos.

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