Rassie Erasmus, in his capacity as SA Rugby director of rugby, says while there’ll be excitement among school and club rugby communities, it is important that they adhere to Covid-19 protocols.
SA Rugby’s executive committee has approved amateur rugby, including schools rugby, to return to training with immediate effect under strict conditions, after the easing of adjusted level-three lockdown regulations, with infection rates on a downward curve.
Erasmus says the excitement levels will understandably be high following the announcement earlier on Thursday, but that everyone involved should to their utmost best to adhere to the protocols put in place.
‘Schools, clubs and associations have waited for a long time to restart training after such a prolonged absence away from the game because of the pandemic,’ he said.
‘Schools rugby is the foundation of our game and where our future Springboks are born. We’ve already lost an entire season and we’re working very hard at ensuring they play again this year, keeping in mind the fluidity of the pandemic.
‘While they will no doubt be very excited for the prospects of restarting rugby activities, we must emphasise the importance of strict adherence to the guidelines of the government, as well as SA Rugby’s own Covid-19 protocols.’
SA Rugby will immediately communicate any future changes that may affect amateur rugby as directed by government.
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