There is great relief for South African rugby fans and players. The South African Rugby Federation (SA Rugby) has given permission for rugby clubs and schools to resume their activities.
It's the end of many months of agony. Rugby schools and clubs in South Africa have been at a standstill for over a year. The spread of Covid-19 had led the country's authorities to stop everything. This will no longer be the case in about ten days. The South African Rugby Federation (SA Rugby) has just given the green light for the restart of competitions in the country. Thus, clubs will resume on 12 April and school rugby on 23 April.
This is a great relief for both the players and the federation authorities. "We were delighted to hear that school rugby can resume as announced by the Department of Basic Education. And we share the enthusiasm of the schools and club players to get back on the field," SA Rugby CEO Jurie Roux told the Federation website. This decision follows the easing of Covid-19 restrictions.
The return of rugby to South Africa will, however, be without spectators. And in strict compliance with the health protocols in force. "We will not take any risks. The safety of the players is of the utmost importance to us. And as the custodians of rugby in South Africa, it is imperative that the return to play protocols followed by our professional teams are also applied at school and club level," the South African leader said.