World Rugby announce postponement of summer tour schedule

Scotland's trup to South Africa and then New Zealand became an impossibility after the Covid-19 pandemic took grip

Scotland were due to play two Test matches against South Africa this summer, plus one Test against New Zealand. Imaga: Fotosport/David Gibson.
Scotland were due to play two Test matches against South Africa this summer, plus one Test against New Zealand. Imaga: Fotosport/David Gibson.

WORLD RUGBY, the game’s international governing body, has announced that this July’s Test window has been postponed indefinitely as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. This is confirmation of a move that was widely anticipated. Scotland were due to play two Test matches in South Africa and one in New Zealand.

“The programme of internationals scheduled within the July 2020 window has been postponed due to ongoing government and health agency COVID-19 directives,” said a statement issues by World Rugby.

“Extended travel and quarantine restrictions that apply to numerous countries, and concerns over adequate player preparation time, mean that any sort of cross-border international rugby competition cannot be hosted in July.


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“Monitoring of the potential impact on the remaining 2020 international windows continues in collaboration with international rugby stakeholders and the respective authorities.

“All parties, including member unions, international competitions, professional club competitions and International Rugby Players, will be involved in the evaluation of potential contingency options with a view to achieving an aligned calendar for the remainder of the year.

“All decision-making will be entirely contingent on national government travel, quarantine and health advice and important player welfare and hosting considerations in line with return-to-rugby guidance recently published by World Rugby.”


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