- Rugby World Cup champions, Springboks, have officially dropped out of the 2020 Rugby Championship
- This was confirmed by South African Rugby and SANZAAR early this morning
- Player welfare, travel restrictions due to the government and safety were the reasons listed for the Boks withdrawal
The Springboks have dropped out of the 2020 Rugby Championship. This was confirmed by South African Rugby and SANZAAR early this morning. The World Cup champions cited complications due to Covid-19 as their reasoning.
The Springboks have not played since their World Cup win last year and specifically noted travel restrictions from the government, the welfare of players and safety as their specifics for withdrawing from the competition.
The Boks withdrawal reduces the Rugby Championship from 12 games to six games with only three countries participating.
eNCA reported that Coach Jacques Nienaber wanted around 500 minutes of game-time for the players but if they were to compete, they'd be going in with a mere 80 minutes. IOL reported that 2020 would be the first year since 1994 that the year would end without SA playing Australia or New Zealand.
In other sports news, Briefly.co.za recently reported on Mngqithi calling on the "Gods of soccer" to help Sundowns win the MTN8 trophy. The Brazilians co-coach, Manqoba Mngqithi, is determined to help his team win the MTN8 trophy this season.
Sundowns have not won the trophy in 13 years after getting their hands on it in 2007 after a 1-0 match with Orlando Pirates at the Kings Park Stadium in Durban. The hopeful co-coach said that the entire team shares a hunger to get their hands on the trophy - from the players to the management as well as the president and the board. He also said that he has prayed to the "gods of football" to help the team finally win the MTN8.
“We are in the same boat and we want it and we ask the gods of football to be with us so we can win this. To be honest with you we have been fighting for this trophy‚ we have been trying our level best to find out why we can’t win this one," he said.
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