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BREAKING: SA home leg of URC thrown into disarray!

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Nov 26, 2021

Cardiff and Scarlets have already confirmed they are planning to leave South Africa on the eve of the next round of the URC after concerns around a new coronavirus variant arose this week.

Cardiff were set to play the Lions on Sunday in the United Rugby Championship, while Scarlets were scheduled to face the Sharks on Saturday. The other fixtures in South Africa were to be Stormers v Zebre and Bulls v Munster.

However, it now appears almost inevitable that these games will have to be cancelled or postponed, while plans of finally welcoming fans back to South Africa’s stadiums may well be scuppered indefinitely.

On Friday, UK Health Secretary Sajid Javid confirmed six countries would be added to the red list, with new flight bans being put in place.

No statement from SA Rugby as yet on URC

Any British or Irish resident arriving from the countries after 04:00 on Sunday will have to quarantine in a hotel, while anyone returning before that will be asked to isolate at home.

All flights from South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho and Eswatini are being suspended.

Although there has yet to be an official statement from SA Rugby, Cardiff and Scarlets have already announced their intention to leave as soon as possible.

With the situation in South Africa having changed so quickly, we are now looking to repatriate our staff ASAP. For concerned families and friends, please rest assured that our focus is to ensure the safety and welfare of our people and will keep you updated with any developments.

— Cardiff Rugby (@Cardiff_Rugby) November 25, 2021

Following the news of a new COVID-19 variant in South Africa, Scarlets would like to assure families and friends that we are making every effort to get our touring party back home to the UK as soon as possible. We will provide further updates as soon as we can.

— Scarlets Rugby (@scarlets_rugby) November 26, 2021

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