24.9.2020 12:31 pm
The six-week Rugby Championship is set to take place in Brisbane, Newcastle and Sydney between November 7 and December 12.
While SA Rugby says it is relieved to have a fixtures list to work off, the federation will delay a call on the Springboks' participation in this year’s Rugby Championship until virtually the last minute.
South Africa’s players could be under-cooked compared to the men from Australia and New Zealand, who have been in action for some weeks now
The shortened Rugby Championship will take place in Australia in November and December
It is understood that a decision on whether the competition will go ahead – either in Australia or New Zealand – will be made in the next two days
“How can it be sold out if the ballot registration for tickets only closes at midnight on September 16 and only afterwards will the allocation of tickets be made; it’s just not logic,” a SA Rugby spokesperson said.
The powerful centre is one of several Sale Sharks players who’s apparently caught the eye of national coach Jacques Nienaber and could feature for the Springboks later this year
New head coach Jacques Nienaber may have to wait until next year for the national team to return to action.
Talks are ongoing, according to a report at the weekend, for the Springboks to replace Japan in the Eight Nations.
Based on the success of the British and Irish Lions in Australasia in 2013 and 2017, along with the coaching continuity and experience of Warren Gatland, Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber admits he is gearing up for a “massive” challenge on home soil next season.
With SA players already falling behind in terms of match fitness, the All Blacks will receive a significant advantage if the entire Rugby Championship is to be held in New Zealand later this year, former Springbok captain Corne Krige believes.
The country’s rugby players may have returned to training this week, but SA Rugby chief executive Jurie Roux has confirmed there is “about zero chance” of South Africa hosting any international rugby this year.
Former Springbok coach Nick Mallett believes transformation has strengthened the SA squad in recent years, with more black players coming through the ranks after being given opportunities in the domestic game.
Former Springbok flyhalf Joel Stransky recalls the drop goal that won the 1995 Rugby World Cup.
Twenty-five years after the 1995 Rugby World Cup, Pienaar says the life lesson he learnt from the late president Mandela is that ‘good leadership is based on good values’.
Warren Whiteley is confident Rassie Erasmus will ensure the Springboks are not put at risk by returning to the field before they are ready.