South Africa Rugby hopes to play in September

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The South African Government has approved the return-to-play conditions for professional rugby in the country amid the COVID-19 pandemic, allowing for domestic competition to start in the first two weeks of September.

South African Rugby confirmed its plans, which include playing games behind closed doors, had been approved and published on Thursday.

“We are very grateful for the opportunity to move to the next phase of our return-to-play plans,” SA Rugby chief executive Jurie Roux said in a media release.

“At this stage, we hope to have our first matches by early to mid-September and our plans on the structure of the planned competition will be announced in due course, as we have various options to consider.”

South Africa’s Super Rugby and PRO14 teams have been inactive since March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

With travel and quarantine regulations still in place, the teams have previously touted an eight-team local season to replace those competitions for sponsors and broadcasters.

SA Rugby is keen to see leading South African players back in action ahead of the proposed Rugby Championship set to be staged in New Zealand from November.

The Rugby World Cup-winning Springboks also won the 2019 Rugby Championship title.

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