SANZAAR announced on Friday that it was reviewing options for the match schedule for the Castle Lager Rugby Championship (TRC) following the decision by the New Zealand government to suspend travel between New Zealand and Australia for eight weeks from 23h59 today (Friday, July 23), due to the current pandemic situation in Australia.
The lack of field training for more than a week did not dampen the spirits of the Springbok Sevens team and they will also adapt to the adjusted living arrangements at the Olympic Village in Tokyo from Friday.
It’s tough at the top, the saying goes, and that is true for the Carling Currie Cup, where Tafel Lager Griquas surged to the number one spot on Wednesday, but could see it slip away again in the coming days.
They are still in Kagoshima, a one-hour flight south of Tokyo, but after two training sessions and some live Olympic action on local television, there is no doubt in the minds of the Springbok Sevens squad that the Olympic Games are real.
Handré Pollard will earn his 50th cap in the momentous opening Test between the Springboks and the British & Irish Lions at the Cape Town Stadium on Saturday – the first of three internationals between the two sides in the Castle Lager Lions Series.
Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber made wholesale changes to South Africa ‘A’ for their clash against the Vodacom Bulls at Cape Town Stadium on Saturday, with flyhalf Elton Jantjies leading the squad that features nine Rugby World Cup winners.
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