Springboks to avoid UK quarantine with France stop-over
The Springboks will spend 11 days in France in October to avoid quarantine before three end of year Tests in the United Kingdom.
The Springboks will spend 11 days in France in October to avoid quarantine before three Tests in the United Kingdom, the organisers of the 2023 Rugby World Cup said on Thursday.
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The 2019 Rugby World Cup-winning Springboks head to Wales on November 6, Scotland seven days later and England on November 20 and would have had to isolate for 10 days on arrival if they had travelled directly as South Africa is on the British government’s ‘red list’ of countries.
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The Springboks will take part in events and press conferences between October 20-31 to promote the tournament.
“We have made an agreement with the (South African) federation to be able to benefit from the presence of the team and players to do some promotion for the 2023 Rugby World Cup,” the tournament’s director Claude Atcher told AFP.
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An element of the Springboks involvement will include activities surround the World Cup’s “political idea of social and environmental responsibility,” Atcher added.
Siya Kolisi became South Africa’s first black Test captain in 2018 and led his country to the Webb Ellis Cup a year later.
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On Thursday, French second-tier scrumhalf Ludovic Radosavljevic was banned for 26 weeks for calling an opponent a ‘banana eater’.
Last week, Lyon’s France prop Demba Bamba suffered racist abuse on social media after an away defeat to Pau.
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“What is currently happening has unfortunately proved that we’re not safe (from racism) and we had to address the issue to say that it’s totally inacceptbale and inappropriate in our sport,” Atcher said.
The Springboks face New Zealand in the 100th Test between the sides on Saturday before their last Test in this year’s Rugby Championship the following Saturday also against the All Blacks.
The final nine fixtures of the 12-match tournament, which also includes the Wallabies and Argentina, were moved to Australia due to Covid-19 travel issues.
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