South Africa prefer Rugby Championship over European tour in November

South Africa havent played since the victorious 2019 World Cup final
South Africa havent played since the victorious 2019 World Cup final
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South Africa Rugby affirmed that they would prefer the Rugby Championship tournament in November over the European tour.

The pandemic coronavirus had disrupted the ongoing season which meant postponement of the Rugby Championship tournament that involves New Zealand, Springboks, Australia and Argentina.

However, with situation improving, professional rugby has kick-started with New Zealand and Australia having their own domestic competition.

Earlier, there were reports that the World Champions along with Japan are set to participate in a eight-team tournament along with the Six Nations side but South African Rugby chief executive Jurie Roux said the move could be a possibility only if it is played in August or September.

"Whatever we can fit into that window we will and we are trying to deliver the Rugby Championship, which would almost certainly be in the bubble in New Zealand," Roux told reporters.

"If we do that, there will be no time for other internationals, and in any case the Northern Hemisphere has been clear that they want to complete the Six Nations and then play a tournament with Japan and Fiji in that period."

Roux also confirmed that the July series which was scheduled with South Africa hosting Scotland and Georgia has been cancelled and will not be played at a later date.


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