Springbok sides Stormers, Sharks, Lions and Bulls have been on account of play groups from Wales, Eire and Scotland for the primary time within the competitors.
However the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has meant the South African groups haven’t been allowed to journey to the northern hemisphere as deliberate.
The PRO14 stated: “All choices for the South African groups to journey to Europe safely have been explored and exhausted by the league. That is as a result of heightened restrictions brought on by South Africa’s presence on the crimson listing of the territories concerned.”
So, what now?
The ‘northern’ Guinness PRO14 Rainbow Cup will nonetheless happen on the dates beforehand revealed as groups from throughout Eire, Italy, Scotland and Wales purpose to take upset eight-time title winners Leinster Rugby. The fixtures for rounds 4, 5 and 6 had already been scheduled and supplied to golf equipment, however will now have the South African groups eliminated and kick-off occasions could also be modified forward of publishing.
The ‘southern’ match might be known as Rainbow Cup SA and can embrace the perfect of what South African membership rugby has to supply; Cell C Sharks, DHL Stormers, Emirates Lions and Vodacom Bulls, whose World Cup-winning Springboks are priming themselves for the arrival of the British & Irish Lions.
These video games might be obtainable within the UK and Eire with PRO14 Rugby’s present TV companions and full particulars of this competitors might be confirmed by SA Rugby shortly.
The PRO14 stated: “A large stakeholder group, led by a working group between the match group at PRO14 Rugby and SA Rugby, produced a protracted listing of assorted choices for entry of the groups, base camps and high-standard medical protocols throughout the previous 4 months to cater for various eventualities.
“In complete, 12 venues throughout the UK, Eire and Europe have been thought-about as base camps for the South African groups to function out of or to make use of as a quarantine vacation spot earlier than getting into the UK and Eire.
“SA Rugby additionally explored one other 4 areas separate to this.
“Additional, locations within the Center East have been additionally explored as potential hosts for fixtures involving South African groups.
“This course of produced undertaking plans for every venue to incorporate appropriate coaching and lodging amenities and constitution journey schedules below the fixed steerage of a medical administration committee, consisting of the PRO14 medical marketing consultant, match workers and union chief medical officers. This group tracked the standing of Covid-19 within the varied territories and suggested on the strategic strategy to governments always.
“All through this course of, PRO14 Rugby has had nice assist of governments and well being authorities in all jurisdictions.
“This determination may have no influence on the long-term partnership between PRO14 Rugby and SA Rugby and extra particulars about these plans and league construction for the ground-breaking 2021/22 season onwards might be made public shortly.”
Martin Anayi, CEO of PRO14 Rugby, stated: “A staggering quantity of labor has been undertaken to supply quite a few proposals and choices to accommodate this – all as we navigated the challenges of the second and third waves of Covid-19 in addition to the South African variant which continually modified the panorama we have been working in.
“Amongst our unions, our personal workers and SA Rugby there isn’t any extra that would have been requested by way of designing plans that have been medically sound. Nonetheless, there was no good resolution present in time to permit for South African groups’ entry into our territories.
“While the result is clearly completely different from what we had supposed, our relationship and partnership with SA Rugby has been drastically strengthened and enhanced by this expertise. We’re trying ahead to the 2 Rainbow Cup competitions and sooner or later sharing our intentions about our future partnership that might be boosted by the experiences and project-planning concerned thus far forward of the 2021/22 season.
Jurie Roux, CEO of SA Rugby, stated: “This can be a enormous disappointment, however time had merely run out.
“No stone was left unturned to attempt to discover a resolution to the challenges – together with basing our groups for 10 days in areas within the Center East or Europe.
“The items of the jigsaw wouldn’t fall into place in time to permit us to place these plans into motion.”