Thoughts on South Africa not playing in the 2020 Rugby Championship

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It is gutting to see South Africa forfeit their upcoming Rugby Championship campaign.

They may be the defending tournament holders & the World Cup from last year.

But they refused to play within the Australian bubble due to a lack of preparation & player welfare.

Rugby activities in South Africa did not happen that much recently due to COVID.

Their counterparts, like Australia and New Zealand, held their respective standalone competitions during the mid-year.

And it looks like it will continue going into 2021.

South Africa were the last ones to hold a domestic only format over a week ago.

It runs for seven weeks as this competition goes into the 2nd round.

Their franchise clubs are off from SANZAAR to Europe in the long run.

Now the tables turning to the South Africa National Team themselves.

We will wait and see if they will come back here next year.

Otherwise, they will be more than happy to play in the Six Nations Tournament.

That leaves with only a Tri-Nations series format between:

  • Australia
  • Argentina
  • New Zealand

I do not think this year will be an exciting tournament.

You have a weaker side who have not beaten Australia or New Zealand in the past year.

It is straightforward to rule Argentina out unless they can pull a few shock wins.

Australia only has a Rugby Championship Title from 2015.

Not only they have to pull off a headstart this Sunday in Auckland.

But they will need to win two more games at home v New Zealand.

It is their chance for Australia to seal both silverwares home:

  • The Rugby Championship.
  • Bledisloe Cup.

If not, New Zealand will get both trophies home without a sweat.

Where do we go from there regarding the future of the Rugby Championship?

Can we have Japan, Fiji & Samoa on this list?

Maybe a four-match Bledisloe Cup annual Tournament?

Then a two-match series against an Asia or Oceanian country afterward.

It will benefit Australia with the focus of more local franchise derbies in the Super Rugby AU.

And in turn, make Wallabies side great like they did during the 1st Bledisloe Test.

New Zealand seems to go in their direction as well.

But for South Africa, it looks like their future lies in Europe.

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