The South African Rugby Union has announced the cancellation of a number of tournaments and events this year including the popular Craven Week because of the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.
A number of youth and provincial tournaments have been offficially cancelled while a number of tours and tournaments still remain in the balance such as Super Rugby, Pro 14 and the Currie Cup.
“These are unprecedented times, not only for rugby in South Africa, but across all spheres of life all over the globe,” said Jurie Roux, CEO of SA Rugby.
“Unfortunately, we had to make some very tough calls in terms of our local competitions, but we have the buy-in and support from the local franchises and unions, SAREO, MyPlayers and our broadcaster, SuperSport, in this regard.
“The decision to cancel certain competitions and tournaments is in line with what has been happening across various sporting codes all over the world – we are not shielded from this in South Africa.
“In terms of other teams’ participation in certain competitions, and the hosting of other tournaments, we are currently on a return to train and play readiness plan, but this is dependent on Government advice and decisions as the pandemic evolves.”
The tournaments that could still take place this year are the following:
* Local franchise and union competition planned for June to August as alternative to Super Rugby and PRO14
* Currie Cup Premier and First Divisions
* Provincial U21 Competition
* SuperSport Rugby Challenge
* Women’s Inter-Provincial competition
* International matches involving the Springboks Men’s & Women’s teams
* World Rugby Sevens Series involving the Blitzboks
Meanwhile the following events have officially been called off:
* All SA Rugby Youth Weeks
* SA Rugby Provincial U13 and U17 Sevens
* SA Schools U18 Competition
* SA Rugby Provincial U19 Week
* SA Rugby Provincial U20 Competition
* SA Rugby Provincial Sevens Competition