Sprinbok vs Ireland Test cancelled

The Springboks have decided against playing Ireland for a Test rugby match in Dubai. The idea had been considered as New Zealand and Australia will play each other at the neutral venue of Hong Kong later this year.


Andy Marinos, manager of national teams in South Africa, confirmed that the idea had been dropped after administrators in both countries had looked into the possibility of arranging the match.


The decision not to continue with plans for the match was taken “about four or five weeks ago”, he told News24.


The playing surface to be used for the proposed match would not have been ready in time and the venue also has to be used for the Dubai Sevens at the end of the year.


November the 1st had been suggested as a possible date which is the same date that Australia and New Zealand meet in the fourth and final Bledisloe Cup clash for 2008.


The Springbok players will probably welcome the cancellation as they are suffering an “annus horribilis” having already being confirmed as wooden spooners of the Tri nations.


South Africa have already played Wales twice, Italy and Argentina once each, New Zealand three times and Australia twice this season.


Their final Tri Nations clash comes this saturday and then they have the remainder of the Currie Cup followed by a tour of the UK where they face Wales in Cardiff (November 8), Scotland in Edinburgh (November 15) and England in London (November 22).

 

The Ireland clash would have created an effective Grand Slam series.

 

Rugbyweek.com

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