Bismarck du Plessis. (Ben Vuitton Ben Evans / Gallo Pictures)
South Africa will be the destination of four European teams when the Bulls, Lions, Sharks and Starmers host their first United Rugby Championship match next month.
The organizers of the tournament confirmed on Friday that there will be battles in the sixth and seventh rounds according to the original schedule in South Africa.
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Emergency plans for playing games in Europe were at an advanced stage due to the presence of South Africa on the UK travel ‘red list’ which required teams to quit for 10 days after the days’ tour.
However, since South Africa was removed from the list last week, rapid action has been taken to ensure that all four teams are ready to take on their opponents from the Northern Round on home soil. This ensures that each team has the integrity to play their seventeen new home games in South Africa.
“Along with our four franchises, we are delighted with the news,” said Jury Roux, CEO of SE Rugby.
“The planning of our teams’ home games in Europe was an important step in light of the chaos created by the epidemic, but we are truly grateful that we have progressed to a stage where we now welcome our friends. Can do M Round back to South Africa.
“With the news that at the beginning of the week that limited spectators will be allowed into the stadiums, we can now begin planning matches in Pretoria, Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town with the attendance of fans. This is a great step in the right direction.
The teams traveling from the south for the competition are Zebra Parma, Scarlets, Munster and Cardiff, all of which will play two matches in South Africa on the weekend (27/28 November and 3/4 December).
Martin Nye, CEO of United Rugby Championship, said: “This is a fantastic result, not just for the South and South African teams but for the league which will now make a clear impression at the beginning of the season in Rugby Hartland.
The biggest credit should go to the South African government, SE Rugby and the leadership of our clubs, to manage the trees and make sure that these fixtures are played at their homes.
“By the end of last week, it looked like it was a very long order to make, but now everyone in the league is energized by this news and we will use that enthusiasm in some real blocks in rounds 6 and 7. To be ready for Buster fixtures. General Chat Chat Lounge “
SA ۾ URC Factors – ounds AH and Seven Rounds:
Saturday, November 27 (SA time only):
15:00: Hurricane Zebra at Prima
17:30: Sharks v Scarlets
19:45: Bells v Munster
Sunday, November 28:
16:00: Lines v Cardiff
Friday, December 3:
19:35: Bells v Scarlets
Saturday, December 4:
15:00: Shark at zebra perma
17:30: Lion v Munster
19:45: Storm v Cardiff
– SA Rugby