The South African Broadcasting Commission has confirmed that it will not broadcast any matches of the 2019 Rugby World Cup, which kicks off in Japan on Friday.
The news was confirmed by sportscaster Thabiso Mosia, saying there will be no World Cup coverage on television or radio after the public broadcaster failed to reach an agreement with SuperSport over the rugby broadcasts.
SuperSport parent company, MultiChoice, owns both TV and radio rights.
The tournament is scheduled to get under way on Friday when hosts Japan take on Russia, before the Springboks kick off their campaign against bitter rivals New Zealand at 11:45am on Saturday morning.
SABC has confirmed on @SAfmRadio that it will not broadcast any matches of the Rugby World Cup on TV or radio..They could not reach an agreement with Multichoice/SuperSport who own both TV and radio rights for rugby….More on #SAFMSportOn 7-8pm
— Tracksuit (@ThabisoMosia) September 16, 2019