South Africa haven’t let the uncertainty over the way forward for this yr’s Rugby Championship, sparked by New Zealand’s stricter COVID-19 rules, have an effect on them forward of Saturday’s second conflict in opposition to Argentina.
The 2 groups, who meet on the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium for a rematch after the Boks received the primary Take a look at 32-12, have been because of share a constitution flight to Australia on Sunday for the subsequent leg of the competitors.
Nevertheless, organisers at the moment are scrambling for another venue to finish the championship after New Zealand stated on Friday they might not host the Springboks subsequent month, or journey to play in Australia subsequent week.
New Zealand Rugby (NZR) stated authorities had suggested that the Boks wouldn’t be permitted to enter New Zealand for Exams in Dunedin on Sept. 25 and Auckland on Oct. 2 after their authorities imposed stricter COVID-19 journey rules.
Reports suggest the rest of the competitors may very well be performed in the UK, whereas South African Rugby has additionally supplied to host all 4 sides.
Springboks captain Siya Kolisi advised the media that his group have been prepared to do no matter it took to finish their fixtures, and all they wished to do was play rugby after a yr of no motion because of COVID-19.
He stated the choice of the squad can be to remain in South Africa, however added they may go wherever the matches are.
“There are two groups right here already. We might love to remain right here and play, however we can even play wherever,” Kolisi stated.
The Boks didn’t play a Take a look at between successful the Rugby World Cup in Japan in November 2019 and a fixture in opposition to Georgia 20 months later, as a result of pandemic.
Kolisi stated the squad’s want to be again on the pitch overrides any lengthy quarantine issues they might have.
“We missed an entire yr of rugby, so at this second we’ll do something to proceed taking part in. We do not know what is going to occur with this virus sooner or later, so we’re appreciating the time we’ve,” he stated.
“We’re in a really privileged place. On this time when persons are shedding a lot, together with their jobs, we’re nonetheless in a position to play. We will not make excuses and complain.”