SA Rugby has considered the World Rugby’s recommendations to postpone the 2021 Rugby World Cup to next year, saying although it is disappointing for the Springbok Women’s team, it was understandable and sensible.
World Rugby recently announced that it had made the difficult decision to recommend the postponement of the Rugby World Cup until next year due to the evolution of the uncertain and challenging global COVID-19 landscape.
Rugby World Cup 2020 was scheduled between 18 September and 16 October in New Zealand.
The recommendation will be considered by the Rugby World Cup Board and World Rugby Executive Committee early next week.
SA Rugby CEO Jurie Roux said the disappointment of Springbok Women’s coach, Stanley Raubenheimer, and team is shared especially after all the hard work they have been putting in since last year in preparation for the tournament.
“But that said, the Rugby World Cup is the biggest stage in rugby and in order for such a tournament to live to up to its billing, it is essential that the correct structures are in place for all the teams to perform to the best of their abilities.
“Since this is not possible due to the challenges presented by the fluid nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, we understand the decision to recommend the postponement of the event,” Roux said.
Coach Raubenheimer adopted a logical view to the decision and said the key aspect is not that we are disappointed, it is the fact that that the health and safety of everyone concerned is more important.
“We would have been very disappointed if the Rugby World Cup was cancelled, but this is just a postponement of the tournament,” he said.
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