Rugby Championship: South Africa withdraw from southern hemisphere event

Rugby Championship: South Africa withdraw from southern hemisphere event

By Gary Williams
16 October
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South Africa lifted the World Cup after beating England in the final last year.


Following report by Sky Sports

World Cup winners South Africa have withdrawn from the Rugby Championship, leaving Argentina, Australia and New Zealand to contest the tournament.

Tournament organisers, SANZAAR, who had given South Africa an additional 48 hours to confirm their intentions, announced the anticipated decision on Friday.

South Africa cited player welfare concerns because of the delayed start to their domestic competition and uncertainty over government travel restrictions during the Covid-19 pandemic for players in South Africa and in Europe.

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