Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber says there are still a few challenges left to consider before they can confirm their participation in the Rugby Championship. DYLAN JACK reports.
The UAR has confirmed that former Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has joined Argentina’s coaching staff for the upcoming Rugby Championship.
Rugby Australia has responded to New Zealand Rugby’s unhappiness with the six-week Rugby Championship schedule released on Thursday.
Sanzaar chief Andy Marinos says the Rugby Championship will go ahead as planned despite New Zealand’s unhappiness with the schedule.
New Zealand Rugby has expressed its disappointment at the Rugby Championship schedule which will have the All Blacks playing their last match on 12 December.
The Springboks could begin their defence of the Rugby Championship with an away match against Argentina – in Brisbane – before a ‘home’ game against the Wallabies in Sydney.
Argentina head coach Mario Ledesma has given reassurance that his team will play in this year’s Rugby Championship despite several ongoing Covid-19 cases in their squad.
Wallabies utility back Jordan Petaia will miss the Bledisloe Cup Tests against the All Blacks and is in doubt for the start of the Rugby Championship due to a hip flexor injury.
The Springboks will need to tackle a number of unusual challenges when Test rugby resumes, writes former captain JEAN DE VILLIERS in the latest SA Rugby magazine.
All Blacks head coach Ian Foster has urged World Rugby to suspend the Test rankings for the remainder of the year due to Covid-19 uncertainty.