Crusaders Head Coach Scott Robertson is set to decide his future this week with initial reports suggesting he will remain at the helm of the Christchurch side.
The recent announcement that New Zealand want to explore a Super Rugby competition without South Africa could actually serve to strengthen the World Champions ahead of their title defence in 2023.
Rugby returns in New Zealand a the Super Rugby Aotearoa competition kicks off on Saturday with two clashes with Crusaders the team sitting out this weekend.
South African Minister of Sport and Arts & Culture Vusumuzi Mkhize has confirmed that while professional non-contact sports can resume next week as the country goes to level 3, contact sports will have to wait until level 1.
Malcolm Marx and talented Lions youngster Tyrone Green were amongst the names of the South African based player departures caused by the COVID-19 while Pieter-Steph du Toit could become another one.
Springbok World Cup-winning captain Siya Kolisi has ruled out a move overseas anytime soon saying everything he needs is already in South Africa.
Sir Bill Beaumont has been re-elected as the chairman of World Rugby, beating Argentine counterpart Agustín Pichot by five votes.
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.
The New Zealand Rugby has become the latest federation to cancel a host of tournaments and competitiosn for 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic.
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