As part of the on-going negative impact of the coronavirus on the wider sporting landscape, South African (SA) Rugby is reportedly set to lose millions of rand in revenue if players are not back on the field of play by June.
The sport, as with all other small and major codes in many countries around the world, is suspended due to the growing pandemic, while the country observes a 21-day lockdown period which is expectedly in place until April 16. Should this, however, be extended, SA Rugby will undoubtedly be faced with tough times.
The Afrikaans newspaper Rapport reported yesterday that the pandemic could cost the governing body in the region of R27 million to R33 million a month, provided the current lockdown restrictions are not lifted by the end of next month. To negate this, reports further explained that SA Rugby has undertaken to negotiate reduced salaries with all players and staff.
But this will come at the expense of South Africa’s Youth Weeks, including the Under-18 Craven Week – which will no longer take place this year – with the additional prospect that the year’s SuperSport Rugby Challenge could also be scrapped. The Currie Cup is still set to take place, although the format has yet to be determined.