Springboks' participation in the Rugby Championship tournament is still yet to be confirmed with the South Africa Rugby Union set to make a decision next week.
South Africa have not played an international game since their World Cup triumph last year and even the domestic competitions were suspended since March following the pandemic coronavirus.
While Australia and New Zealand have played their local Super Rugby competition, South African players had to spend most of the last six months in self isolation before the government cleared restrictions on contact training and international sporting participation earlier this month.
“A final decision was only likely to be finalised early next week – once those clarifications had been assessed internally and with SA Rugby’s SANZAAR partners,” the statement read.
South Africa were the winners of the Rugby Championship last year and are scheduled to face Argentina in this year's competition on 7th November.