Is The Price For The Soul Of The Springboks’ Worth R300 Million?

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An announcement regarding the Springboks' participation of the 2020 Rugby Championship in Australia is expected during this week.

"Practically, on the ground, us as coaches, it will probably have to be done by 10 October. After that 46 players will have to go into a camp, do a bit of training, isolation, get tested before we get on to the plane. The arrival date there is 18 October. We would let them play the Currie Cup matches on the 10th, gather together on the 11th and then get on to the plane and quarantined for two weeks. That decision will be made for us, but it can’t be later than after the last game on the 10th" SARU's Director of rugby said.

SARU who is desperate for any income could reportedly earn up to R 300 million by playing New Zealand, Australia and Argentina in a six-round championship. A SANZAAR announcement stated that all Unions would share in the profit of the Championship.

Opinions in South Africa are divided as to whether an underprepared squad should play only to boost the coffers of SARU, who's finances were severely affected by the Corona19 pandemic. SA Rugby had to slash R 1.2 billion off their 2020 budget due to coronavirus as all six home Tests scheduled for this year have been cancelled.

“We have to take rugby considerations into account and also weigh up the potential commercial losses if we do not play,” said national body chief executive Jurie Roux.

“We are a long way off in terms of fitness and match readiness from where we were at the World Cup,” Springboks captain Siya Kolisi admitted this week stating the obvious feeling inside the Springbok rugby camp.