South Africa’s anticipated move to the prestigious Six Nations tournament have been scrapped, according to reports.
Despite initial speculation that the 2023 World Cup champions were considering a switch from the Rugby Championship, negotiations have reportedly collapsed.
Rapport, a reputable South African publication, revealed that talks about the potential move have faltered.
“There have been discussions for the Boks to play in the Six Nations, but that’s not going to happen anymore – or at least not before 2030 or even after,” stated an insider to Rapport.
The stumbling block appears to be South Africa’s failure to reach an agreement with the tournament’s investors, CVC Capital Partners. This private equity firm has a substantial financial stake in the Six Nations, having announced a £365 million long-term investment agreement in 2021.
As a consequence of the breakdown in negotiations, South Africa is expected to continue participating in its own southern hemisphere event, the Rugby Championship.
In response, SA Rugby is reportedly exploring discussions with American company Ackerley Partners, contemplating a potential investment move of their own.
Four players Steve Borthwick should drop – and who should replace them for Scotland
Not everyone left a lasting impression at Twickenham, and four noticeable changes have been proposed for the upcoming clash against Scotland at Murrayfield next weekend.
#1. Fraser Dingwall
Telegraph 5/10: “The try covered a multitude of sins – from George North running straight through him, to not holding his line before passing to Daly.”
Planet Rugby 6/10: “Not a huge carrying threat but a smart operator. Took his try well and is a good distributor on the gain line, although he needs to show more in the rest of the Six Nations.”
Replacement: Ollie Lawrence (If fit)
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