In a statement released by SARU, they confirmed that they had sought and received clarification from the government on several questions relating to the return to non-contact training. As a result, SA Rugby would advise government this week of its technical preparedness to return to training, as per government requirements.
However, due to the location of nine of the 14 professional teams in COVID-19 “hotspot” zones – where it has been confirmed that training is not permitted – SA Rugby is reviewing the various options available to them to address the issues of training and the hosting of matches. This would ensure equality of preparation and create the environment for a return to competitive action. The actual date of return-to-training will be confirmed in due course.
This is in stark contrast with the view of Jurie Roux CEO of SARU two weeks ago when he said that domestic teams will most likely return to train by the 20th of June 2020. In reaction to the announcement, some unions have instructed their players to only return on the 3rd of July for COVID19 testing and to resume training on the 6th of July.
If taking into account that a minimum period of sixty days are required to properly train for the return to play South Africa could see any action only by the end of August.