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South Africa allows amateur, club rugby to resume next month

(SATSports) – All amateur and club rugby will resume on August 2 after detailed reviews by the various
provincial unions and implementation of the return-to-play safety guidelines.

All amateur club rugby had been suspended in South Africa last month while matches in elite provincial competitions, like the Currie Cup, were allowed to continue with “strict adherence to all relevant protocols”.

SA Rugby announced the development following a government order to have the country
move to level three adjusted lockdown from level four due to a decline in COVID-19 cases.

SA Rugby CEO Jurie Roux said all the provincial unions will be allowed to decide on the
best course of action in their own areas of jurisdiction.

“All of this is subject to SA Rugby’s return to train and play guidelines, as well as any other
regulations published in the Government Gazette,” Roux said.

However, no fans will still be allowed to attend matches and the schools rugby season,
which falls under the jurisdiction of the Department of Basic Education, remains suspended.

“All amateur and club rugby had been put on hold until the end of the month, but the
provinces will be allowed to move to a return-to-play should they deem it safe to do so,
considering a review of the status of COVID in their regions.”

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