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SA Rugby has until Friday to confirm Rugby Championship participation

SA Rugby will have until the end of the week to finalise the Springboks participation in the Rugby Championship scheduled to get underway on 31 October 2020.

The Springboks will need to be on a plane shortly after the confirmation, should SA Rugby decide to send the team.

SANZAAR grants SA Rugby 48 hour extension

By all external and internal analysis, the Springboks are nowhere near ready for Test rugby and player welfare appears to be the chief stumbling block to them defending their title in Australia.

A notice released to TheSouthAfrican.com reads: “SANZAAR announced overnight that following a chief executives’ teleconference call on Tuesday 13 October, the SANZAAR member unions have agreed to provide SA Rugby with an additional 48 hours to finalise its internal stakeholder discussions on participation. This will now delay the scheduled departure of the Springboks from South Africa to Australia.

“SANZAAR said it would provide an update on the resolution of these discussions and a timetable for the Springboks participation in The Castle Lager Rugby Championship when available in the coming days.”

Withdrawal from the Rugby Championship could deal a financial hammer blow to SA Rugby who have already had to cut salaries across their organisation after the cancellation of the Super Rugby season.

Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber said earlier this year that they would like at least six rounds of domestic rugby under their belts before entering the Rugby Championship and there has thus far been only one round of competitive domestic rugby.

REVISED DRAW FOR THE RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP 2020

Matchday one – Saturday 31 October

ANZ Stadium, Sydney

19:45 AEDT (10:45 SAST) – Australia v New Zealand

Matchday two – Saturday 7 November 2020

Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane

17:00 AEDT (08:00 SAST) – Argentina v South Africa

19:45 AEDT (10:45 SAST) – Australia v New Zealand

Matchday three – Saturday 14 November

Bankwest Stadium, Sydney

17:00 AEDT (08:00 SAST) – New Zealand v Argentina

19:45 AEDT (10:45 SAST) – South Africa v Australia

Matchday four – Saturday 21 November

ANZ Stadium, Sydney

17:00 AEDT (08:00 SAST) – New Zealand v South Africa

19:45 AEDT (10:45 SAST) – Australia v Argentina

Matchday five – Saturday 28 November

McDonald Jones Stadium, Newcastle

17:00 AEDT (08:00 SAST) – Argentina v Australia

19:45 AEDT (10:45 SAST) – South Africa v New Zealand

Matchday six – Saturday 5 December

Bankwest Stadium, Sydney

17:00 AEDT (08:00 SAST) – Argentina v New Zealand

19:45 AEDT (10:45 SAST) – Australia v South Africa

Matchday seven – Saturday 12 December

McDonald Jones Stadium, Newcastle

19:45 AEDT (10:45 SAST) – South Africa v Argentina

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