General views during the Japan and South Africa Springbok Quarter-Final at the Tokyo Stadium,376-3 Nishimachi, Chofu, Tokyo 182-0032 Sunday, 20 October 2019. (Mandatory Byline -Steve Haag Sports Hollywoodbets)

Springboks given 48 hours to make decision on Rugby Championship


South African Rugby Union have been given additional 48 hours to make a decision on Springboks’ Rugby Championship participation.

SARU announced four days ago that they will finalize their decision on participation early this week but they are yet to make an announcement.  Their Rugby Championship matches are scheduled to commence on 7 November which is just 22 days away.

South Africa has not been in action since March with their domestic competition Super Rugby Unlocked tournament having just started last Friday. Their players have only had three weeks of action since rugby was given green light.

Their opponents Australia and New Zealand have completed their domestic Super Rugby action and faced each other ahead of the Competition slated for Australia.

There have been speculations that Springboks are considering withdrawing the side due to player welfare and management.

In a media statement released on Wednesday, Sanzaar confirmed that SA Rugby will have another 48 hours in which to complete internal negotiations and make a decision on the Springboks’ participation in the tournament.

“Following a Sanzaar chief executive’s teleconference call on Tuesday, 13 October, the Sanzaar member unions have agreed to provide South Africa Rugby with an additional 48 hours to finalise its internal stakeholder discussions,” the statement read.

“This will now delay the scheduled departure of the Springboks from South Africa to Australia. Sanzaar will provide an update on the resolution of these discussions and a timetable for the Springboks’ participation in the Rugby Championship when available in the coming days.”

South Africa are the defending Champions.

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Matchday one – Saturday 31 October
ANZ Stadium, Sydney
19:45 AEDT – Australia v New Zealand

Matchday two – Saturday 7 November
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
17:00 AEDT – Argentina v South Africa
19:45 AEDT – Australia v New Zealand

Matchday three – Saturday 14 November
Bankwest Stadium, Sydney
17:00 AEDT – New Zealand v Argentina
19:45 AEDT – South Africa v Australia

Matchday four – Saturday 21 November
ANZ Stadium, Sydney
17:00 AEDT – New Zealand v South Africa
19:45 AEDT – Australia v Argentina

Matchday five – Saturday 28 November
McDonald Jones Stadium, Newcastle
17:00 AEDT – Argentina v Australia
19:45 AEDT – South Africa v New Zealand

Matchday six – Saturday 5 December
Bankwest Stadium, Sydney
17:00 AEDT – Argentina v New Zealand
19:45 AEDT – Australia v South Africa

Matchday seven – Saturday 12 December
McDonald Jones Stadium, Newcastle
19:45 AEDT – South Africa v Argentina

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