Toulouse (France) (AFP)
South Africa will spend 11 days in France in October to avoid quarantine before three Tests in Britain, organizers of the 2023 Rugby World Cup announced Thursday.
The World Cup-winning Springboks travel to Wales on November 6, Scotland seven days later and England on November 20 and would have had to self-isolate for 10 days upon arrival had they traveled directly because the South Africa is on the UK government’s “red list”. of country.
The Boks will participate in events and press conferences from October 20 to 31 to promote the competition.
“We have made an agreement with the (South African) federation to be able to benefit from the presence of the team and the players to promote the 2023 Rugby World Cup,” the director told AFP. of the tournament, Claude Atcher.
One element of the Springboks’ participation will include activities around the World Cup’s “political idea of social and environmental responsibility”, Atcher added.
Flanker Siya Kolisi became South Africa’s first black test captain in 2018 and led his country to the Webb Ellis Trophy a year later.
French scrum-half Ludovic Radosavljevic was suspended for 26 weeks on Thursday for calling an opponent a “banana-eater”.
Last week, Lyon’s French pillar Demba Bamba suffered racist abuse on social media after an away loss to Pau.
“What is happening now has unfortunately proven that we are not immune (from racism) and we had to sort it out to say that it is totally unacceptable and inappropriate in our sport,” said Atcher.
Kolisi’s side will face New Zealand in the 100th test between the teams this weekend ahead of their final game of this year’s rugby championship the following Saturday also against the All Blacks.
The last nine matches of the 12-game tournament, which also includes the Wallabies and Argentina, have been moved to Australia due to travel issues from Covid-19.
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