In the World Cup, the Greek government banned South Africa from the 1979 competition in Athens. South Africa competed in the 1980 edition in Bogotá. The prospect of their appearing in the 1981 edition, due to be staged at Waterville in Ireland, caused it to be cancelled.
Why are South Africa not playing rugby?
SANZAAR, the tournament organisers, announced on Friday that South Africa would not travel to Australia due to several factors including South African government travel restrictions, player welfare and safety concerns, and the ongoing effect of the COVID-19 pandemic.
How long was South Africa banned from rugby?
South Africa toured New Zealand in 1981. South Africa were excluded from the first two Rugby World Cups, in 1987 and 1991. Racially selected New Zealand sports teams toured South Africa until the 1970 All Blacks rugby tour allowed Māori to go under the status of ‘honorary whites’.
Why are they called Springboks?
After the demise of apartheid, the ANC government decreed that South African sporting teams were to be known as the Proteas, however, the rugby team still maintain the name Springboks after the intervention of then-president Nelson Mandela, who did so as a gesture of goodwill to the mainly white (and largely Afrikaner) …
How can I watch Rugby World Cup 2020?
The Rugby Championship will be available to stream and watch on Kayo, Foxtel and Channel 10, with Kayo showcasing every match live, with replays additionally available if you can’t make it to the couch in time.