October 14, 2020
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S Africa yet to confirm TRC participation

South Africa is yet to announce whether they will participate in the seven-week The Rugby Championship in Australia.

There are concerns about the Springboks lack of preparation, with their players only just resuming Super Rugby after a six-month delay due to Covid-19.

The Springboks last played together during their win in the 2019 World Cup final against England in Japan.

South Africa Rugby issued a statement saying there are hurdles to clear before they could confirm their participation.

"The Springboks ability to participate in the Rugby Championship would be finalised early next week.”

"The team is due to defend its title in Australia between 7 November and 12 December, but several hurdles needed to be cleared if it's to be confirmed," the statement said.

Former World Cup-winning Springboks coach Jake White said he didn't think the team would be ready for the Rugby Championship.

"I understand fully that it's not the ideal preparation and, probably, if I was a coach I'd be asking SA Rugby to try and find ways in which we don't participate because the situation is a bit unfair.”

"I fully understand there are other things that come into play. We are the current holders of the title and there is the matter of television rights being place.”

By Romeka Romena


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