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Rugby Championship cut in half as world champions South Africa pull out | Rugby Championship

World champions South Africa will not take part in the Rugby Championship, leaving the southern hemisphere championship greatly diminished 16 days before its scheduled start.The annual Test tournament also featuring New Zealand, Australia and Argentina was already delayed by the Covid-19 pandemic and is being staged in one country for the first time.“Naturally, it is extremely disappointing that the Springboks, due to the continued complexities of operating in and around this Covid environment, cannot fully compete in the previously planned six-round Rugby Championship,” SANZAAR chief executive Andy Marinos said.The championship...
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Saracens face uncertain Championship future after Champions Cup loss | Rugby union

As Saracens made for the airport on Saturday night after losing to a late Racing 92 try in Paris, Exeter were booking their ticket to the Champions Cup final and a tilt at the league and European double that their Premiership rivals achieved last year.It was like an abdication with Saracens bound for exile in the Championship, although a start date has not been finalised. They do not know when they will play again after their Premiership campaign ends on Sunday and will not be involved in the Champions Cup...
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