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Sport Springboks to stick with Rugby Championship and SANZAAR

08:05  04 november  2020
08:05  04 november  2020 Source:   msn.com

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The Springboks camp will now turn their attention to the Rugby Championship , which will be held in Australia from 7 November to 12 December. Stick acknowledged that their Rugby Championship fate is still unknown but stated that they were now preparing as if the team's participation is confirmed.

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — World Cup champion South Africa will remain part of the four-nation SANZAAR rugby alliance for the immediate future, defying speculation it would throw in its lot with the northern hemisphere.

FILE - In this Aug. 10, 2019, file photo, South Africa trammates celebrate at the end of a rugby championship match against Argentina in Salta, Argentina. Rugby Championship organizers SANZAAR on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020, have given the World Cup champion South Africa an additional 48 hours to decide whether they will compete in the four-nation tournament in Australia from next month. (AP Photo/Florencia Tanjun, File) © Provided by Associated Press FILE - In this Aug. 10, 2019, file photo, South Africa trammates celebrate at the end of a rugby championship match against Argentina in Salta, Argentina. Rugby Championship organizers SANZAAR on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020, have given the World Cup champion South Africa an additional 48 hours to decide whether they will compete in the four-nation tournament in Australia from next month. (AP Photo/Florencia Tanjun, File)

While its Super Rugby clubs will likely join Europe’s Top 14 competition, at least temporarily, South Africa's national team is expected to rejoin Argentina, Australia and New Zealand in future Rugby Championships.

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" Rugby Australia and Sanzaar , with the support of the NSW Government, South Africa, Argentina and New Zealand, have been proactive in "The 12-match Rugby Championship is now all set for kick-off. The Argentina Pumas have already arrived in Australia and we all look forward to an exciting and

The Springboks are the reigning champions of the Rugby Championship , but will not compete in 2020. World champions South Africa will not defend their Rugby Championship title after governing body SANZAAR announced the Springboks were withdrawing from this year's competition.

The Springboks withdrew from this year’s tournament in Australia because of player welfare concerns after the COVID-19 pandemic prematurely ended the Super Rugby tournament and then delayed its domestic competitions.

In a statement Wednesday, SANZAAR said South Africa will rejoin the southern hemisphere alliance from next season. SANZAAR indicated there will be significant changes to its competitions, including Super Rugby, as it adjusts to the new world order created by the coronavirus pandemic.

“The southern hemisphere rugby powers have recognized the need for change in these difficult times and have committed to an international rugby future through to 2030,” SANZAAR chief executive Andy Marinos said. “The re-commitment by the four unions to the long-term future of the international game is an important start as we embark in a new direction.

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Decision day has arrived for the Springboks and SANZAAR , as The Rugby Championship hangs in the balance. SANZAAR are on Wednesday expecting to learn whether or not the Springboks will board a flight bound for Australia this weekend, a decision which will have serious ramifications for all

Sanzaar has given South Africa an additional 48 hours to make a call on the Springboks ' Rugby Championship participation. The governing body had initially set a Wednesday deadline for SA Rugby to finish negotiations and confirm their participation. Bok coach coach Jacques Nienaber has voiced

New Zealand captain Sam Cane holds the Bledisloe Cup aloft following the rugby test between the All Blacks and the Wallabies at Stadium Australia, Sydney, Australia, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020. New Zealand defeated Australia 43-5 to retain the Bledisloe Cup. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft) © Provided by Associated Press New Zealand captain Sam Cane holds the Bledisloe Cup aloft following the rugby test between the All Blacks and the Wallabies at Stadium Australia, Sydney, Australia, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020. New Zealand defeated Australia 43-5 to retain the Bledisloe Cup. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

“This is the first of a number of announcements that will be made over the coming weeks and months as we continue to plan into 2021 and beyond."

Marinos said the sport's administrators needed to be flexible in uncertain times.

“The disruption during 2020 has been significant,” he said. "However, despite the numerous setbacks and the inherent complexity of our vast geographical expanse, we have managed to keep the game alive and look forward to the remainder of the revised Tri-Nations to bring the curtain down on the 2020 season.”

The shape of future Super Rugby and Rugby Championship competitions is unclear as international travel remains difficult in the COVID era. New Zealand and Australia created their own domestic Super Rugby tournaments when the full, 15-team Super Rugby competition was suspended in March.

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SANZAAR CEO Andy Marinos has reportedly denied claims that South Africa are set to shun the Rugby Championship this year and play in the north instead. SANZAAR deny Springboks defection claims.

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Australia and New Zealand will stick with those competitions in 2021, though some cross-over matches between Australian and New Zealand teams are likely. A Pacific team is expected to join a combined trans-Tasman competition from 2022.

New Zealand's Jack Goodhue, right, collides with Australia's Noah Lolesio, left, as they compete for the ball during the Bledisloe rugby test between the All Blacks and the Wallabies at Stadium Australia, Sydney, Australia, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft) © Provided by Associated Press New Zealand's Jack Goodhue, right, collides with Australia's Noah Lolesio, left, as they compete for the ball during the Bledisloe rugby test between the All Blacks and the Wallabies at Stadium Australia, Sydney, Australia, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

The Rugby Championship, now reorganized as a Tri-Nations tournament involving Australia, New Zealand and Argentina, is currently underway. New Zealand thrashed Australia in the opening match last weekend and, in doing so, retained the Bledisloe Cup that is contested between the Tasman neighbors.

New Zealand's T.J. Perenara leads the haka during the Bledisloe rugby test between the All Blacks and the Wallabies at Stadium Australia, Sydney, Australia, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft) © Provided by Associated Press New Zealand's T.J. Perenara leads the haka during the Bledisloe rugby test between the All Blacks and the Wallabies at Stadium Australia, Sydney, Australia, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

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