South Africa’s first house leg of the United Rugby Championship has been thrown into disarray after the 2 Welsh sides presently within the nation, Cardiff Blues and Scarlets, introduced that they’re scrambling to get flights again into the UK.
The British authorities on Thursday introduced that it was quickly banning all flights from a number of southern African international locations because of the identification of the brand new Covid variant.
The suspension is because of come into impact by 14:00 native time.
Cardiff, who play the Lions at Ellis Park on Sunday, acknowledged in a submit on social media that it was “looking to repatriate our staff ASAP”, whereas the Scarlets – the Sharks’ opponents on Saturday – equally stated: “We are making every effort to get our touring party back home to the UK as soon as possible.”
The rush is because of uncertainty over a stipulation that anybody who’s been within the related international locations over the previous 10 days will not be capable to enter the UK.
Following the information of a brand new COVID-19 variant in South Africa, Scarlets wish to guarantee households and pals that we’re making each effort to get our touring get together again house to the UK as quickly as potential. We will present additional updates as quickly as we will.
— Scarlets Rugby (@scarlets_rugby) November 26, 2021
With the scenario in South Africa having modified so shortly, we at the moment are trying to repatriate our workers ASAP. For involved households and pals, please relaxation assured that our focus is to make sure the protection and welfare of our folks and can preserve you up to date with any developments.
— Cardiff Rugby (@Cardiff_Rugby) November 25, 2021
Furthermore, ought to the groups get again in time, they’re going to must quarantine in designated lodges from Monday.
There have been no indications but what the plans of Munster and Benneton, who face the Bulls and Stormers respectively, are.
SA Rugby and the United Rugby Championship are additionally but to make official feedback on the scenario.
While solely two rounds have been deliberate to be performed, it can now be a scramble to re-schedule the fixtures ought to they be postponed given the congested calendar for the remainder of the season.
Local franchises will bemoan the additional lack of match-day income as authorities rules presently permit for two 000 spectators to attend.