• Bok alignment camps suspended

    SA Rugby on Monday suspended all national team training camps and business travel as part of a raft of measures in response to the global Covid-19 pandemic.

    Scheduled Springbok alignment camps, Springbok Men’s and Women’s training camps and the SA Rugby U20 preparations have all been suspended until 14 April.

    In addition, the SuperSport Rugby Challenge – scheduled to kick off on the weekend of 24-25 April – has been postponed until further notice and the club-level Gold Cup competition is being reassessed with a view to postponement.

    The Springboks’ Incoming Series Tests in July (against Scotland and Georgia), Youth Week tournaments and Currie Cup remain as scheduled but will be reviewed in April.

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    The latest updates come following the suspension of the Vodacom Super Rugby and PRO14 international club competitions; the postponement of the World Rugby Sevens Challenger Series event for women in Stellenbosch, and the cancellation of two U20 international events featuring the Junior Springboks.

    SA Rugby also suspended all international travel until May and all domestic travel until 14 April (unless the latter was business critical). All committee meetings will take place by teleconference. Training and education programmes for coaches, referees and rugby safety participants would be postponed or delivered by videoconferencing.

    SA Rugby CEO Jurie Roux said that background planning was under way to resume the Super Rugby and PRO14 competitions before season’s end.

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