Rugby The wait is over! Rugby returns to South Africa in late September – News24

The wait is over! Rugby returns to South Africa in late September – News24

  • Local rugby is set to make a return at the end of September.
  • A unique Springbok Showdown will take place on 3 October with teams picked by Rassie Erasmus and Jacques Nienaber.
  • Following that, a local competition between seven franchises will take place with the final set for January.

Rugby supporters in South Africa will finally have something to cheer as the sport is set to return to action at the end of this month.

The season will resume on 26 September with a double-header at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria, when the Bulls take on the Sharks, and the Lions battle the Stormers on Super Fan Saturday.

But it’s the Springbok Showdown, a unique match that will pit the best local stars and top, up-and-coming talent against each other on 3 October that will have the fans talking.

Springbok assistant coaches Mzwandile Stick and Deon Davids will coach Springbok Green versus Springbok Gold for the match at Newlands in Cape Town with Rassie Erasmus (director of rugby) and Jacques Nienaber (Springbok coach) acting as the two team commissioners.

The selection process will take the form of a draft pick from an enlarged squad of 60 players with Green and Gold team bosses taking alternate turns in an old-style ‘school yard pick’ to assemble their match-day squads of 25 players each.

The enlarged squad from which the teams will be picked is set to be announced live on Supersport this Saturday before the crucial draft pick next week.

Erasmus believes this